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While there have been plenty of books written about Apple CEO Steve Jobs, none of them have ever received the man’s blessing -- until now. The executive has agreed to participate in one such book slated to arrive on store shelves in early 2012.
ABC News is reporting that Apple CEO Steve Jobs has officially blessed the forthcoming iSteve: The Book of Jobs, a new book written by Walter Isaacson that will be published in early 2012. According to publisher Simon & Schuster, the writer has been working on the often-rumored bio since 2009, having interviewed not only Jobs himself but also “members of his family, colleagues at Apple and competitors.”
“Spokeswoman Tracey Guest of Simon & Schuster said no further details were available and that neither Jobs nor Isaacson would be commenting,” the report said.
Isaacson, a former CNN and Time magazine executive with best-sellers about Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein to his credit, is said to be a perfect choice for an official Jobs bio. The writer is also president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, which ABC News bills as “a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute” based in Washington, D.C.
"This is the perfect match of subject and author, and it is certain to be a landmark book about one of the world's greatest innovators," Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp proclaimed. "Just as he did with Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, Walter Isaacson is telling a unique story of revolutionary genius."
iSteve certainly isn’t the first book written on Jobs -- you may recall that publisher John Wiley & Sons were banished from Apple Store bookshelves in 2005 after agreeing to publish an unauthorized bio called iCon: Steve Jobs, The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business, written by Jeffrey S. Young and William L. Simon.
Rumors about iSteve have popped up now and again, making Sunday’s announcement newsworthy now that we have both a vague release date and official confirmation that Jobs is participating in the book.
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