The passing of Steve Jobs this week has created a huge demand for the official biography penned by Walter Isaacson—so much so that they’ve pushed the release date up to October 24th. Online retailers are also offering deep discounts on the book—as much as half off on the hardcover version ($17.88). From the product page:
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.
On that note, I read in Reuters today that Isaacson asked Jobs why he decided to go ahead with the biography, and he replied “I wanted my kids to know me”. He wanted his kids to understand why he couldn’t always be there for them. Needless to say, it’s all pretty heart wrenching.