Walter Isaacson Plans Annotated, Updated Steve Jobs Bio, But Don’t Expect A Chapter On Philanthropy

Walter Isaacson Plans Annotated, Updated Steve Jobs Bio, But Don’t Expect A Chapter On Philanthropy

Can’t get enough of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography? Apparently neither can he. Isaacson is now saying he plans to expand the Steve Jobs bio to include annotations and new addendums.

CNN Fortune reports:

The author discussed potential plans for expanding the already 630-page book in the future. One possibility is doing an extensively annotated version. Another is writing an addendum that addresses the period surrounding Jobs’ death. Fleshing out the details seems like a logical next step, since Isaacson believes the Apple (AAPL) CEO’s story will be told for decades or a century to come. “This is the first or second draft,” he said, referring to his book’s role in documenting Jobs’ life. “It’s not the final draft.”

Isaacson also talked about how Jobs threatened to quit the interviews if he didn’t get input into the book’s cover or title:

The author also talked about putting together the book’s cover. All of the signature Jobs touches are there — a sleek iPod-white body, minimalist design and even the Mac’s signature font. The Apple co-founder jokingly threatened to stop cooperating with his biographer if he wasn’t given some input over the cover. “It took me about one and a half seconds to say, ‘Sure!’” said Isaacson. “I mean this is one of the greatest design eyes of our time.”

As for taboo subjects, Isaacson says that the one subject Jobs would never talk to him about at all was the subject of philanthropy, no matter how hard Isaacson pressed. Something tells me we’re not about to see a generous Steve Jobs philanthropic fund popping up in the wake of his death… his views on the matter were pretty clear.

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  • Mike Rathjen

    “Isaacson is now saying he plans to expand” his bank account.

  • joshfofer

    Just because Jobs didn’t want to talk about philanthrophy doesn’t necessarily mean he was opposed to charitable organizations.  Perhaps he saw it as more of a private thing?  Some see *anonymous* benefacting as the best of deeds.  

  • Josh Hummel

    Let’s put this in some perspective.  The book was originally slated for a March 2012 release.  It was subsequently moved up to November and then finally to October, following its pre-sales skyrocketing after Mr. Jobs’ death.  Now the author is saying that the book wasn’t truly complete and wants to fill it out more?  I understand that “real artists ship” but wouldn’t it seem fitting that this book be at least a nearly final work before it was released?  

    Time will absolutely give further perspective on his life and work, but it doesn’t seem that this perspective should come in only two months, especially when it wasn’t originally going to be released yet.

  • Alberto Hernandez

    For sure.

  • Phil DiVuolo

    So he’s going to release a new book with minor tweaks and updates? Sounds like an Apple product to me!

  • Buster

    Man that’s annoying as hell. I’ve read quite a few biographies and this one was a bit disappointing considering how much access Isaacson had to Jobs. It never felt as personal and revealing as it should have. shelling out $20 on a much needed updated version because Walter was rushed into publishing a rough draft of the book in order to get great sales numbers pisses me off as a reader.

  • cassandralite

    Agree completely.  The book feels rushed, its organization and prose sloppy.  Some of the info is good but the writing isn’t.

  • Herolin

    Strange as this might sound, but I was busying myself in the garage, radio on, me not really paying much attention, till Elaine Charles started reviewing this book of Job’s. It occured to me that the news has been slightly empty without some remarkable Steve Jobs contribution.

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