Steve Jobs' biographer could release updated book

If you are one of the many people who purchased and read the recent biography of the late Steve Jobs, you might be either happy or frustrated to hear that an updated version of the book by author Walter Isaacson might be in the works. Fortune's web site reports that Isaacson has now hinted strongly that he intends to go back and add content to the already large 630 page biography of Apple's co-founder.

At a recent event in San Francisco, Isaacson stated of the biography "This is the first or second draft. It's not the final draft." He mentioned that one possible way to expand on the book is to add a large number of annotations. Yet another idea would be to add a new addendum that would deal with Jobs' actual death on October 5 and the events that surrounded it. The biography was completed before Jobs' death and was later published a few weeks after Jobs' death on October 24.

The book became a huge best seller and earlier in December Amazon.com declared that the Steve Jobs biography was its best selling book of 2011, despite only being released in the last quarter of the year. You can bet that an updated version by Isaacson would also sell extremely well.

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Lewis McCrary said,
Why did the release the first version to begin with? -_-

For the emotional money rush, what I call corpse capitalization (just like they did with Michael Jackson). Gotta sell while it's fresh on peoples minds.

It looks to be available in black or white, and you can choose from a soft or hard cover. The book will sell for $199 and $299, respectively.

Couldn't give a damn about paper versions, but I wonder how this'll effect eBooks versions; will it be a free update or a new release (I have had one of 2 Kindle books where I'd get an email a new version is available, download free).

I guess Apple fans were outraged that their messiah was represented as a douche so now Isaacson needs to write some superlatives. In an Apple fashion, reality distortion field needs to be in every aspect of their existence, including Jobs biography.

Interesting. I would had been nice if he could have at least had 1 more Christmas though. I'll have to look into getting this book sometime soon

I hear this version might feature a retina cover.


However, I'm going to wait for Ballmer's autobiography, which I'm hoping will be $300 cheaper and maybe feature USB ports.

Dot Matrix said,
I hear this version might feature a retina cover.


However, I'm going to wait for Ballmer's autobiography, which I'm hoping will be $300 cheaper and maybe feature USB ports.

Will it have a CE that has been thrown by Ballmer before it is shipped?

Dot Matrix said,
iBook 2G;

iJobs 2 S;

iBiography 2G S;


beh, the original was 2G.

This'll be the revolutionary and magical iBiography 3G S

On par wtih Apple tradition. Give something with just enough and then release version 2 to be the bigger and better and revolutionary. What a money grab!

Very timely...he finished it just in time to profit from peoples interest in jobs, and now it seems like he wants to profit more.

This books lives up to Apples typical business practice. Leave out a few things and have people pay again for a product that should have included it in the first version of the product. Steve Jobs is proud of this author as he smiles at us from his iCloud.

morrizz said,
Does it happen a lot to Biographies? I mean the update. I am genuinely asking 'coz I do not know.

Not really. This is unique because of the timing--I think Simon and Schuster pushed hard to get it released in October after his death (even though it was scheduled to come out about a month later anyway). Isaacson didn't really have much time to revise the book or write about his death--and I actually liked it that way. There was no "end" to the book; it didn't even mention his passing.

it's not a proper steve jobs book if they didn't leave some **** out in the first release just so they can charge you again for "new" "features"

primexx said,
it's not a proper steve jobs book if they didn't leave some **** out in the first release just so they can charge you again for "new" "features"

LOL now that's a good joke!

I know the flood gates will soon open and everyone will give the "oh they're still on his death" and "they're milking it" speeches, but I think I'd be interested in reading an update. The bio was a great read.

FuhrerDarqueSyde said,
iBook II

More like hes hinting he wants to pull a george lucas with his book. However that may or may not be a bad thing.

FuhrerDarqueSyde said,
iBook II

Now, with even LESS TRUTH!

When a biography entitled "Steve Jobs - The World's Biggest *******?" is released, then you might see something Hollywood screenwriters won't walk away from (as they are with the current puff piece "biography").

excalpius said,

Now, with even LESS TRUTH! ...

Have you actually READ Isaacson's biography? Because it's hardly flattering to Jobs at all on a personal level.

I'm up to about 1990 in it now and I'm almost worn out by all the douchiness attributed to Jobs.