Preorders propel Jobs biography to best-seller list

Posted by Emma Woollacott

In 1989, a copy of the so-called Hebrew Bible sold for over two and a half million dollars - and that wasn't even authorized by Jesus.

So one can only imagine what a first edition of Steve Jobs' authorized biography will be worth to future generations.

Right now, it's a bargain. Amazon has started taking preorders for iSteve: The Book of Jobs at just $18.00 with free shipping - $12 less than the recommended list price. There's a Kindle version too, for $14.99.

The book, by former Time magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson, won't be published until March next year. Despite this, it's already ranking as the 28th most popular book in the store, and first in the technology, biography and history and business categories.

"In iSteve: The Book of Jobs, Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs’ professional and personal life," reads the Amazon product blurb.

"Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs’ family members, key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, iSteve is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation."

Isaacson has been working with Jobs on the book for some time. Some may see his title as a little derivative - back in 1996, Jeffrey S. Young and William L. Simon wrote a decidedly unauthorized biography of the great man under the title iCon: Steve Jobs. Alan Deutschman took a similar line with The Second Coming of Steve Jobs.

But as Jobs' predecessor once warned: "Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."