Simon & Schuster
It is not often that technophiles get as excited about a new book as they do about a new gadget. The release of a biography of Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s co-founder, might be one of those rare moments.
“Steve Jobs: A Biography,” written by Walter Isaacson, wasÂ originallyÂ scheduled for release in March 2012, but Simon & Schuster, the book’s publisher, said Monday that it would now beÂ availableÂ on Nov. 21, 2011.
Tracey Guest, director of publicity for Simon & Schuster, said in a phone interview that the release date for the biography had been pushed up by several months because “the book is now ready.” Ms. Guest did not elaborate further.
In a description on theÂ Simon & Schuster Web site, the company promotes the unprecedented access Mr. Isaacson was granted by the usually reticentÂ Mr. Jobs:
Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years â€" as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues â€" Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.Simon & Schuster also said that Mr. Jobs cooperated with the book, but “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,” Simon & Schuster said in its book synopsis, saying that “his friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view.”
Previous biographies about Mr. Jobs have not beenÂ receivedÂ with enthusiasm by Apple. In 2005, AppleÂ banished books published by John Wiley & Sons from all Apple retail stores after newsÂ surfacedÂ that the publisher planned to release an unauthorized biography about Mr. Jobs, titled “iCon: Steve Jobs, The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business.”