On the 21st, so mark it on your calendars already. Since Steve Jobs is one of those rare figures who’ve transformed our daily interactions, it comes as no surprise that a large audience will embrace this new book by Walter Isaacson. Since biographies won’t have a chance at bestseller success unless they’ve got spicy promises, the Isaacson treatment of Jobs is supposed to be a definitive account.
The book ‘Steve Jobs’ isn’t fresh news as its original release date was March something-something next year. Keeep in mind it’s no longer going to be titled ‘iSteve’ as previously reported. This from Barnes and Noble, whose product page indicated the changes. Apparently that was too long for the patience of diehard fanboys/girls. At least that’s what the pre-publication buzz suggests.
The material for the book was gathered from 40 interviews with Stevie himself across two years plus extensive recollections by friends, family, and (gasp!) even his rivals.
Of course, whether the book lives up to the hype remains to be seen. There have been a lot of Silicon Alley biographies before and the Steve Jobs sojourn dates to as far back as the late 90s. Hopefully this latest effort transcends the PR stunt that it is and actually becomes a reliable source on the Apple ethos and its iconic founder.
Also, Steve Jobs regrets getting his girlfriend all Juno at 23. Said so himself.