The release date for the authorized biography of Steve Jobs has been pushed up to October 24, Reuters reports.
The Apple co-founder died on Wednesday at the age of 56. The biography, written by former Time magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson, was originally scheduled to come out November 21.
The Associated Press reports that Isaacson's book, titled simply "Steve Jobs," jumped quickly to number 1 on Amazon and to the top five on Barnes & Noble.com on Wednesday, after Apple's announcement that Jobs had died.
According to the publisher, Simon & Schuster, "Steve Jobs" is based on more than 40 interviews Isaacson conducted with Jobs over two years, as well as interviews with family, friends and foes. From the Press release:
Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he 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. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.
The Guardian reports that Isaacson last met with Jobs a few weeks ago, an encounter he details in a piece Time magazine will publish on October 17:
...Isaacson recalls finding Jobs curled up in pain in a downstairs bedroom at his home in Palo Alto, California. Jobs told the writer he was too weak to climb the stairs to his old room. But, Isaacson says, "his mind was still sharp and his humour vibrant".
Meanwhile, Sony Corp.'s movie studio is finalizing a deal to acquire the film rights to "Steve Jobs," the AP reports.