An approved biography of Steve Jobs is already a best seller and it hasn’t been published yet.
Due to go on sale on October 24th the book that describes Jobs as a “notorious workaholic” who agreed to the book claiming that “I wanted my kids to know me”, already tops the Amazon bestseller list on pre-orders, a fortnight before it is rushed into print.
Publishers Simon and Schuster announced that the release date for Steve Jobs book has been bought forward with publishers tipping it will be a “Xmas best seller” in Australia.
The Wall Street Journal said that Jobs last met his biographer Walter Isaacson, the former managing editor of Time magazine and author of books on Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, only a few weeks ago, when he knew his death was close. In a piece to be published by Time on 17 October, Isaacson recalls finding Jobs curled up in pain in a downstairs bedroom at his home in Palo Alto, California. Jobs told the writer he was too weak to climb the stairs to his old room. But, Isaacson says, “His mind was still sharp and his humour vibrant”.
Jobs, the universally recognisable figurehead of Apple, stalking the stage in jeans and black polo-neck at product launches, was always careful to keep his private life out of the limelight, including his son and two daughters with his wife of 20 years, and daughter by an earlier relationship. But he told Isaacson: “”I wasn’t always there for them and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did.”
The book is based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs and scores more with family members, friends, admirers, business opponents, and present and former colleagues.
Although the book has yet to be released, Sony Pictures is currently negotiating an agreement to buy its rights, with the hopes of adopting it into a movie.
Recently Sony produced the critically acclaimed The Social Network and Moneyball, and are looking to follow up their business biographies with a film on Steve Jobs.
According to a Deadline.com report, Sony has made a $3 million bid for the movie rights, but the company has yet to make a comment.