Steve Jobs’ official biography is set to debut October 24, as publishers race to print stories of Jobs’ life after his untimely death.
Walter Issacsson’s book, “Steve Jobs,” was formerly scheduled to hit stores November 21, but following his Wednesday death, Simon & Schuster are rushing the book to print amid a flurry of pre-orders.
Jobs’ only authorised biography is now number one on Apple’s iBooks as well as Amazon and has risen to third place on Barnes & Noble.
Meanwhile, Time Magazine is working to create its seventh issue featuring Jobs, and increasing production especially for this edition. The 21-page tribute will include photographs by Diana Walker, who has worked with him since 1982, along with a six-page essay by Issacsson.
In an excerpt, Issacsson writes, “A few weeks ago, I visited Jobs for the last time in his Palo Alto, Calif., home. He had moved to a downstairs bedroom because he was too weak to go up and down stairs. He was curled up in some pain, but his mind was still sharp and his humour vibrant.”
Issacsson asked the famously private Jobs why he sanctioned such a candid biography, to which he replied, “I wanted my kids to know me. I wasn’t always there for them, and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did.”
Time Magazine and the “Steve Jobs” biography are likely to draw hoards of interested readers eager to learn about Jobs’ life, especially following his death at 56 from pancreatic cancer complications.
This isn’t the first time Jobs’ health conditions prompted Simon & Schuster to move the date on Issacsson’s book. It was originally set to debut in early 2012, but Jobs resigned as Apple CEO in August, saying he could no longer perform his duties. The publishers then bumped the date to November, responding to consumer demand for a book on the founder’s accomplishments.
The biography was originally called, “iSteve: The Book of Jobs,” then “Steve Jobs: A Biography,” but will bears a simple, more formal title now that its namesake is no longer alive.
The book’s pricetag is also lower than previously, possibly as Simon & Schuster anticipate large orders will make up for any lost profits through cheaper pricing.
In August, Amazon listed its pre-order price at $20.40, down from the original $32.50 listing. The 448-page book is now set to retail for $17.