Steve Jobs Releases Taiwanese Self-Help Book For Teenagers Translated By Dead Avant Garde Composer [Humor]

Steve Jobs Releases Taiwanese Self-Help Book For Teenagers Translated By Dead Avant Garde Composer [Humor]

Can’t wait to get your hands on Steve Jobs official biography later this year? How about biding your time with a tome of wisdom handed down from The Man himself? Then Steve Jobs Gives 11 Advices To Teenager! by Steve Jobs might be just the book for you!

Granted, it’s a little hard to find in America. You’ll have to pay $8 for it online and wait for it to ship to you from Taiwan. Nor is it exactly clear what “11 advices” Mr. Jobs gave, to which teenager (singular), and upon which occasion.

Even so, Steve Jobs Gives 11 Advices To Teenager! is a rousing success in Taiwan, where it rocketed to a number five position on the Taiwanese Best Seller Charts. And if that’s not enough to recommend it, the entire book was translated by the famous avant garde composer John Cage, who is apparently alive and well in Taipei! Whats a wonderful choice for a man to translate Jobs! After all, they’re both Buddhists!

[via MIC Gadget]

  • lls4747
  • TyBooyzen

    Wait is this real?

  • imajoebob

    Right next to Warren Buffet’s “Investments and Shizzle”

  • Scott McKim

    I’ll put it right next to my copy of “Jimmy James: Macho Business Donkey Wrestler.”

  • spiderman

    actually the book was first published in China, and the Chinese published then repacked and sold it in Taiwan.

  • iHate_Is_Back

    Oh wonderful a book concerning wisdom from Jobsy. What kind of wisdom could this idiot possibly pass on to Asian youth? I highly doubt there’s any self respecting Asian kids out there with scruples who are interested in knowing how to financially enslave other Asian’s people for a quick buck.

  • Dan Bloom

    The Taiwanese just can’t seem to get enough of Steve Job, either inperson or in the doppelganger department. Readers will remembermy scoopearlier this year about a TV ad campaign in Taiwan that used anAmerican expat named Brook Hall to play Jobs in a very convincing”press conference” ata Hsinchu Science Park setting. [LINK]
    Now, some disreputable punters in Taipei have gone even further bypublishing a bestseller in Chinese Mandarin — and purported to be a”translation” of an Amazon besteller from the USA — titled, getthis, “Steve Paul Jobs’s Eleven Pieces of Advice for Young PeopleToday.”  The alleged author is a chap named “John Cage”, who of coursedoes not exist, and the publishersare keeping mum about who the actual “ghostwriter” is and even who thereal publisher is. It’s Ghost Month in Taiwan now, a month-longreligious ritiual in which the ghosts ofall ancestors come back to Earth to haunt the island nation and playhavoc with the normal rules of daily life, so it’s fitting the a fakeJobs book has surfaced now.
    It’s reached Number 5 on the financial books bestseller lists here,and has reportedly taken in huge amounts of naive readers’ cash overthe past few months. John Cage, as readersfamiliar with modern music will know, was the name of a very eccentricand creative New York composer, and he certainly never wrote the bookon Jobs.
    About the only thing the fake book got right was that Jobs’ middle name is Paul.
    The book was purportedly e translated into Chinese from its originalEnglish version, although no one can trace the original source of thebook or find its U.S. counterparton Amazon. Do you see a ghost here? It’s definitely a ghost-writtenpiece of deceit written on a ghostly dare. The police are nowinvestigating the case, and if thepublisher is found guilty of deceiving the public, he could be in forsome ghostly jail time. Stay tuned. This story has legs, as all “fakeSteve Jobs” things seem to have.
    The alleged author of the book, “John Cage”, is said by the publishersto be “a graduate from Stanford University and who previously servedas editor in chief at mass-circulation economic and financialmagazines.” Ghostly.
    In addition, nowhere in the entire book does it say when and whereJobs offered his sharp-witted ”advice” for young people, as no datesor sources are cited.
    Enter Taiwan’s version of Sherlock Holmes. An enterprising reporter inTaipei was able to  trace the street address of the publisher of thebook, and when he went there he found — guess what? — acomputer store. The store’s owner said the book was legit and allcopyright protections were in order and that the truth of the entirematter will be revealed next month, when Ghost Month is over.
    Meanwhile, over 10,000 copies fo the book have been sold and wholelegion of young Jobs fans have read a book that he never wrote.Ghostly.

  • Dan Bloom

    confirm? – actually the book was first published in China, and the Chinese published then repacked and sold it in Taiwan.

  • netnerd258

    slavery means you can’t quit idiot …

  • Dan Bloom

    Fake Steve Jobs Biography Already Available In China
      Text Size PrintE-mailReprintsBy TechCrunch.com, Published: August 20

  • Dan Bloom

    Fake Steve Jobs Biography Already Available In China
      Text Size PrintE-mailReprintsBy TechCrunch.com, Published: August 20

  • iHate_Is_Back

    Hey stupid iTard fuckhead learn to read. Since you’re to busy sticking your nose up Jobsy’s asshole I’ll have to spoon feed you.

    Quote:
    to financially enslave other Asian people for a quick buck.

    Financially enslaved means you can’t afford to quit. Get it now you ignorant iTard?

  • Modcapper

    ‘Fake’ Steve Jobs advice book “made in Red China”]

    – Web of deceit led to egg on Taiwan’s face
    As readers around the world know by now, Asians are in love with SteveJobs, the real one and the fake one, as they’lll eat up anything with”Steve Jobs” in the title or blog post.Recently, the Taiwanese had the wool pulled over their eyes by somelow-lying “translators” in Communist China” who put out fake advicebook by Jobs — for teenagers in China!The Beijing-published book was titled “Steve Paul Jobs’s Eleven Piecesof Advice for Young People Today” and it was written by the long-deadAmerican composer “John Cage.”
    This reporter recently purchased a copy of the book in Complex Chinesecharacters in a bookstore in Taipei and discovered via the”publication notes page” that the counterfeitbook — which was never written by Steven Paul Jobs or John Cage andmerely took past speeches by Jobs and turned the excerpts into elevenlessons forteenagers in China — that the book was originally published inCommunist China last year first in Simplified Chinese characters usedin Maoland. The book was such a hitas a fake in China that a publisher-wannabe in free and democraticTaiwan got itchy fingers and agreed to license the fake China book forhis easy to fool and very gullible Taiwanesereaders. Done deal. Some money exchanged hands, the original book wasre-translated into the kind of Chinese characters that Taiwanesepeople can read — since the Simplified charactersused in Maoland are simply beneath the dignity of real Chinese script– and the Taiwan version of the fake Chinese book was published inApril. It has already gonethrough 10 printings and more are on the way, given the worldwidepublicity on this deceitful yet perfect story fakery.
    How did this reporter find out that the book was published originallyin “copyright means the right to copy” China? Simple, and not complexat all. On the publication notespage is the email address of the publisher in Beijing, and feel freeto write to him if you wish: (sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)”cn” gives it away.
    The ”cn” gives it away.
    A bloke named David Wu is also in on this fakery, and his email isalso listed as (sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)(and he appears to be theTaiwanese contact).

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