Yet Again, Death Proves A Bestseller: R.I.P. Steve Jobs
On Wednesday the world lost a great visionary. Steve Jobs succumbed to his seven year long battle with pancreatic cancer and passed away, surrounded by loved ones, in his home. Like celebrity deaths sometimes do, this one bothered me. Yes, it's sad that anyone would die at the age of 56. But it's somehow sadder when the person that passes is such a freight train of ingenuity; a person with so much to live for and so much yet to accomplish and create. Whether he was revolutionizing the way animated films could be made with Pixar and the CGI success of Toy Story in 1995, or returning to Apple a year later through the purchase of his company NeXT and helping to turn that brand (Apple) into the force it is today, Steve Jobs changed our world. I'm typing this to you on a MacBook Pro right now. I've got my iPhone 4 beside me, resting on top of my iPad 3 (yeah, I know a guy).
In his wake, we once again realize that death leaves a void and in an attempt to fill that void people try to make a connection with the person who passed. Mac fans have been building shrines outside the 5th Avenue Apple Store in Manhattan since Wednesday. What started as flowers soon developed into actual Macintosh apples being left. TMZ reports that the mock black turtlenecks that Steve made famous in his big Apple stage presentations have more than doubled in sales. And on the eve of this tragedy, Apple announced the iPhone 4s, which was met with mostly lukewarm reaction from fans. Will this new iPhone prove a bust? Or will it once again blow the competition away and spike all projected revenue charts? (Probably the latter, being as how three people in my Instant Message window right now already pre-ordered theirs.)
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What we do know is that death will once again probably cause a bestseller. And nobody knows this better than publishers Simon & Schuster, who pushed the release date of their Steve Jobs biography up from late November to October 24th. Already the book tops the Amazon.com charts for pre-orders.
Here's what Amazon says about the bio, which was penned by Walter Isaacson:
Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—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.
In his own words, Steve said of the book: "I wanted my kids to know me."
Watch Steve talk about life and death and give cardinal advice in his now landmark commencement speech for Standford University's graduating class of 2005.
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