‘Steve Jobs’ bio breezes to top of best seller lists in debut week

“Walter Isaacson’s biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs sold 379,000 copies in the US in its first week on bookshop shelves, BookScan US data has revealed,” Philip Stone reports for The Bookseller.

“The $35 publication, published by Simon & Schuster in the US, outsold the next bestselling book of the week, John Grisham’s The Litigators (Doubleday) by more than three copies to one, and outsold the second most popular non-fiction work, journalist Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Lincoln (Henry Holt), by almost eight copies to one,” Stone reports.

“Despite being on sale for just six days in the US, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography is already the 18th bestselling book of the year,” Stone reports.

Read more in the full article here.

[Attribution: MacRumors. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]


  1. I enjoyed reading it. It was very informative but I wanted to read it and like Jobs more. Honestly that didnt happen. The guy was a complete dick. He got what he wanted from people and discarded them like trash.. I can understand his enemies hating him, but when you shit on “friends” and “loved one” you’ve got serious issues. At first I was surprised how many of his peers were dancing on his grave. Not any more.

    1. I don’t think i ended up liking him any more or less, i mean i always had him pegged for an ahole (thats not always bad) but the book did help me understand him better as a person.

      I also thought the book showed a real human side to him and he matured a great deal later in life.

      I liked how humbled he became at the end of his life. He seemed to grasp the contributions of others where when he was younger he struck me as a bit immature in the empathy department.

      Genius no doubt.

      1. Dude
        Very true …at the end.
        But during his lifetime, when I sat back to think about the entire spectrum, his lacking compassion, humility, self-control, and empathy, was so in your face throughout most of the book. It was scary. Those aren’t bad traits to have. They speak volumes about ones character.
        Its one thing to rant n rave, and aim for perfection. Its another to humiliate and take joy in it. The man was a soul-crusher.

    1. So considering how rare and wonderful it is to encounter real genius in this world of ubiquitous mediocrity, it would be very foolish to let oneself be distracted by the packaging when one does encounter someone like Steve Jobs.

      Looking at this slightly differently: Since saints and geniuses are both extremely rare, what craziness compels us to insist that our geniuses also be saints? What an absurd and indefensible position! All human beings are flawed when you put them under a microscope. Singling out the best and brightest for scrutiny is an expression of this society’s obsessive need to create untarnished, larger-than-life heroes. But of course, one only actually encounters these perfect beings in books and movies. As a society, we are living in fantasyland. No wonder it’s so easy for the “1%” to squeeze the country dry.

  2. I am about half way through the book. I just do not think Isaacson was able to develop any empathy for Steve Jobs. It is one thing to show his dark side. But, Steve did not have only one side. Many people loved him. His wife. Larry Ellison. His children. His sister. Many employees. I get the feeling the person Isaacson really like is Bill Gates and it is Bill that he wants to write the authorized biography about. I am disappointed with this book. That said, it is full of great little tid bits of information and well worth the read.

    1. I can see Isaacson having a hard time feeling empathy for the guy. His closest friends and loved ones, while caring and loving him, dropped some of the biggest bombs on jobs.

      The one that really stuck out to me was his wife saying “Most people in Steve’s life were replacable but not jonny.”

      That statement really had me wondering about Steve.

      The guy was brilliant and Im sure he had a loving and caring side, i gathered that from the later stages of his life. I just wouldn’t be shocked if some of his “friends” could care less that he is gone.

      The man was def an enigma of emotions and brilliance.

    1. Wow. Amazing sneak peek, “thetecnica.” This one was perhaps the most revealing:

      “Steve Jobs was kicked out of his own company after a boardroom showdown. When he returned years later, Apple was almost bankrupt, but Jobs turned it around, leading one of the biggest comebacks in business history.”

      I wondered what Steve had been up to for the last decade and a half. Still at Apple, you say? Tell me less.

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