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Steve Jobs bio sells 379,000 copies first week, in U.S.

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 03 Nov 2011 14:12 User comments (16)

Steve Jobs bio sells 379,000 copies first week, in U.S. "Steve Jobs," the only authorized biography of the founder and former CEO of Apple, has sold 379,000 copies in just one week of availability, in the U.S.
Figures from Nielsen BookScan put the book way ahead of the competition, with the next best-selling title, John Grisham's "The Litigators," selling 125,000 copies.

For nonfiction, the title beat out Bill O'Reilly's "Killing Lincoln," which sold 47,500 copies to stay in second for the week.

The book was released on October 24th and is based off of hundreds of interviews with Jobs, former and current employees, family, friends and acquaintances.

If orders remain strong, the book will likely be Amazon's top selling book for 2011.

It is unclear how many of those purchases were digital compared to hardcover.

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16 user comments

13.11.2011 23:45

"The book was released on October 24th and is based off of hundreds of interviews with Jobs..."

Wouldn't that make it fiction?



24.11.2011 0:10

"The book was released on October 24th and is based off of hundreds of interviews with Jobs, former and current employees, family, friends and acquaintances".

Can't really make a biography without...yanno..the actual person who it's about, and he also contacted other people as well. Pick up the book of jobs, it'll do you some good.


"Cable thief is a victimless crime."

34.11.2011 1:27
llongtheD
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Fire up the hype machine, he'll reach saint or god status among his followers before long.

44.11.2011 2:04

Originally posted by llongtheD:
Fire up the hype machine, he'll reach saint or god status among his followers before long.
He did that years ago.


54.11.2011 2:09

thats it? i thought it be more than crapple idiots out there, oh wait, they haven't translate the shitty book yet huh


Being nice always has its own consequences

64.11.2011 2:28

Originally posted by Hyasuma:
thats it? i thought it be more than crapple idiots out there, oh wait, they haven't translate the shitty book yet huh
LoL...sales should spike once the neanderthal version is released...on iTunes of course.


74.11.2011 7:56

Sheep. Baaahhhhh Sheep -_-

"Atleast he died a martyr"
...lols


Carpe Noctem

84.11.2011 12:06

I'm not interested in interviews. One guy sitting across from a journalist doing his best to impress the crap out of him. "Oh how you must swoon & caress my feet as the other crap-tillians do..." It's multiple sessions of bloated chest beatings & bravado of a tiny dick still crying to be 'king of the mountain'.

Don't waste my time. A 'true' biography means the individual has to have the guts to metaphorically look into the mirror & write down what looks back. Jobs looked into the abyss & nothing but the abyss stared back. Realizing this he had to hire a mouth piece to do it for him. That's contrived, false & a last stab at the hearts of his faithful followers. I contest that the whole diatribe still isn't a testament to the man, but a sales manual to Apple.

I am by no means a Crapple fan, but you don't treat your crowd like this. And this is by god just one last reason why I'll never buy an Apple sponsored product in my lifetime.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 04 Nov 2011 @ 12:07

94.11.2011 13:50

Looks like ya missed a 0 in the title...


Just my $0.02,

dEwMe

114.11.2011 17:06

I can tell no one here read the book. The book does not treat Mr. Jobs as a "saint" by any means. There have actually been complaints from fanboys that accuse the book of tarnishing his legacy.


125.11.2011 7:56

You all assume the author is a bigger dupe than yourselves. Jobs was smart enough to employ the current top bio author. Anything less would not be a serious book. As DVDback stated, the book is supposed to be pretty accurate and insightful. The deal was Jobs would give him access for interviews but Jobs had no access to what the guy was writing.

137.11.2011 10:37

They were one on one interviews with one (1) individual only. And yes, he had multiple arguments with the author with what he thought was to be published. But as the author said in one interview with John Stewart, he never got to see/read any of the transcripts or the finished publication... So only having the authors word (which could just as easily be flushed in my opinion) to go by, he states something to the effect of, "Jobs said that he would read the finished work upon its completion & tally his verdict then..."

Or some such comment to that affect (I'm paraphrasing). Or in my words, quoted from countless rednecks across the lands, "that's muh story n' I'm stickn' with it..."

Walter Isaacson, the author, is a man of teaching & giving back in droves, something Jobs damn sure wasn't; thus I say, what was there to tarnish.


147.11.2011 12:01

Originally posted by LordRuss:
They were one on one interviews with one (1) individual only. And yes, he had multiple arguments with the author with what he thought was to be published. But as the author said in one interview with John Stewart, he never got to see/read any of the transcripts or the finished publication... So only having the authors word (which could just as easily be flushed in my opinion) to go by, he states something to the effect of, "Jobs said that he would read the finished work upon its completion & tally his verdict then..."
This is not true. Please read the book. There were HUNDREDS of interviews with friends, family, employees, colleagues, etc

157.11.2011 13:13

Originally posted by DVDBack23:
This is not true. Please read the book. There were HUNDREDS of interviews with friends, family, employees, colleagues, etc
I'll see if there's a copy at the library then. Understand this [ LINK ] is Walter Isaacson's mouth. So let's not mistake my words as hate mongering tripe. The TV show used adjectives as 'manipulative' to describe Jobs. Why I would need to read other opinions (as these forums have done in the past as well) only to continue to validate my original hypothesis seems counter productive.

169.11.2011 5:35

Originally posted by DVDBack23:
I can tell no one here read the book. The book does not treat Mr. Jobs as a "saint" by any means. There have actually been complaints from fanboys that accuse the book of tarnishing his legacy.
I certainly didn't read it...Steve Jobs was famous for being a liar, and from what I can see from excerpts, the only negative points in the book were things that Steve himself considered to be good things.

The truth has been in the public eye forever, and it is all in how you see it. Some might say that including a "death grip" antenna in spite of protests from your engineers shows commitment, I would say that it is just being pig-headed...but that is just a matter of opinion.

Some say that blocking flash was forward-thinking because someday flash won't exist, others say it is downright abusive to the users who have to go without internet videos for the decade until that day comes, and who will no longer have the devices that flash is blocked on when flash finally goes away...it is all how you look at it.


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