The death of Steve Jobs has greatly intensified interest in the upcoming biography about the Apple co-founder.

The book, by Walter Isaacson, is the first authorized biography of Jobs. It jumped to the top of the best-sellers list on Amazon.com and other booksellers overnight.

Publisher Simon & Schuster has now pushed up the release date from Nov. 21 to Oct. 24, according to the Associated Press.

Isaacson, known for his biographies of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, was given significant access to Jobs, conducting more than 40 interviews over the course of two years. The book’s description on Amazon explains the terms of that access — essentially, there were none — and makes it clear that it will be the definitive Jobs biography.

Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.

Previously on GeekWire: Bill Gates: Working with Jobs an “insanely great honor.”Steve Jobs: 1955 – 2011My memories of Steve Jobs

Comments

  • Guest

    I notice that Amazon’s home page also has an acknowledgement of Jobs’s death with a link not to a merchandising opportunity but to Apple’s own tribute to the man. A very classy move by Amazon.

    • http://geekwire.com Todd Bishop

      Great point, thanks for pointing that out.

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