By Hannah Johnson
On Sunday, Simon & Schuster in the US and Little, Brown in the UK simultaneously announced the forthcoming publication of iSteve: The Book of Jobs by Walter Isaacson. The book is scheduled for publication in early 2012.
Isaacson, the author of Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003), and Kissinger: A Biography (1992), began interviewing Jobs for the book in 2009 — the same year Jobs received a liver transplant, according to a statement from Simon & Schuster. Isaacson has also interviewed family members, Apple colleagues and even Jobs’ competitors.
“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,” said Jonathan Karp, Publisher of Simon & Schuster.
Rights to the book have already been sold around the world by Isaacson’s agent, Amanda Urban of International Creative Management, to:
Companhia das Letras (Brazil)
Rosa del Vents, Random House Mondadori (Catalan)
China CITIC Press (China)
Gyldendal Forlag (Denmark)
Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava (Finland)
Editions Jean-Claude Lattes (France)
C. Bertelsmann Verlag (Germany)
Psichogios Publications (Greece)
Uitgeverij Unieboek Het Spectrum (Holland)
Arnoldo Mondadori Editore (Italy)
Kodansha Limited (Japan)
Minumsa Publishing (Korea)
Cappelen Damm AS (Norway)
Editora Objectiva (Portugal)
Corpus – AST Publishing Group (Russia)
Debate, Random House Mondadori (Spain)
Albert Bonniers Forlag (Sweden)
Commonwealth Publishing Group (Taiwan)
Little, Brown Book Group (UK)
Simon & Schuster (USA)
This will be the first authorized biography of Steve Jobs to be published, but there have been unauthorized biographies published in the past. According to Hillel Italie of the Associated Press, Jobs expressed his disapproval of a 2005 title from John Wiley and Sons called iCon: Steve Jobs, The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business by Jeffrey S. Young and William L. Simon.
Get ready for a Steve Jobs frenzy toward the beginning of next year when this book hits bookshelves, iPads and iPhones around the world!