Fake Steve Jobs lands book deal – but who’s the writer?

Apple Store“For months, cyber sleuths have been trying to unmask the mysterious writer who has been spoofing the Apple co-founder on The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs Web site,” Keith J. Kelly reports for The New York Post.

“The frenzy heated up earlier this week after BusinessWeek’s Apple reporter John Burrows wrote that the fake Steve Jobs had landed a book deal. Cambridge, Mass.-based Da Capo Press, an imprint of Perseus Books, inked the mysterious writer to publish ‘Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs – A Parody by Fake Steve Jobs,'” Kelly reports.

“Sources tell Media Ink the advance is estimated to be only $75,000, a decidedly un-Jobs-like number, but that hasn’t stopped the buzz – or led to the revelation of the person behind the fake Steve Jobs,” Kelly reports.

Kelly reports, “Wired.com had been a paid sponsor of the Secret Diary Web site from February until just this past Monday. ‘He [fake Steve] called and said he wanted to end it for his own reasons,’ said Wired News Editor-in-Chief Evan Hansen.”

Kelly reports, “Hansen said he knew the identity of the writer, but much like an anonymous source, he has pledged not to break the silence. That has not stopped the guessing game, however. ‘All the names I’ve seen mentioned so far have been wrong,’ said Hansen. And the guess that it was his own managing editor [Leander Kahney] was wrong as well, he said. ‘The person is not a Wired staffer,’ he insisted.”

Full article here.

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  1. I’M GONNA WRITE A BIOGRAPHY!
    It’ll be about developers. And partners!!! No, not gay people who are in committed relationships. I’m talking about hardware partners, enterprise partners, partnering partners, international house of partners partners, and the people who clean the sweat out of my shirts! That’s a staff of 2 dozen!!! I have a lot of shirts! But since I have so many partners, that means we can give you our technology, and clean shirts, for Cheap! Cheap cheap CHEAP!!! And you can choose from any vendor you like! You know it’ll be alright, because we’ll get a cut of 95% of all computers sales on the planet! That’s how you know we mean quality, because we’re everywhere! That’s because people love us, like Paul Thurrott. He’s a good journalist partner. The best! Paul tells it like it is, most of the time, unless he’s talking bad about Zune or Vista. But you know he just does that because if he told the truth he’d seem like a fanboi. And Microsoft doesn’t have stupid fanbois!!! People just love us because we’re the best! 95%=the best!!! Just ask MacDonalds. Or Wal*Mart. THE BEST!!! Sometimes, other companies make up their own silly products. Products that don’t use Microsoft technologies. What are they thinking?! They don’t realize how cheap we can be, and therefore, how much more the BEST!!! You can get one of those, what are they called? MyPhones or something? Yeah, they’re vaporware anyway, but wow, 500 dollars?!?!?! WOW! And not WOW in a The Best way, like Vista. Just WOW. Who wants to pay that much? Not me!!! And I’m rich!!! I can get a Motorola Q phone for .75¢ and it does all the same stuff, and with Windows mobile, you get more!!! More menus, More buttons, More PARTNERS!!!! I made my kids use them, and they told me that they loved them. “Yeah dad, whatevar.” You know kids these days, ‘bad’ means ‘good’! They even said that Vista “suxxz0rz”. WOW!!! That must be great!!!
    YAY!!!

    My Biography,
    By The Fake Steve Ballmer.

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