Steve Jobs' Biography Sales Jump 42,000 Percent Upon Death

UPDATED: Walter Isaacson's book is the first-ever authorized bio of the Apple co-founder, who died Wednesday at age 56.

The untimely death of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs on Wednesday at age 56 has given a boost to sales of the upcoming authorized biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

The book is No. 1 on Amazon’s “Movers & Shakers” list, as sales have increased by 42,000 percent since Apple announced Jobs’ death. The book moved from No. 424 to No. 1 on Amazon’s overall sales rankings and also is at No. 4 at Barnes & Noble. 

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Steve Jobs is scheduled for publication Nov. 21 by Simon & Schuster. There is no word yet from the publisher if the publication date will be moved up in the wake of Jobs’ death.

Steve Jobs is based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, colleagues, and competitors. 

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Isaacson, the former managing editor of TIME and the author of previous best sellers about Benjamin Franklin and Henry Kissinger, was supposedly given complete access to Jobs, including a personal tour of his childhood home.

Few other details of the book have leaked to the public.  But The New York Times speculated when the book was announced in February 2010 that “cooperation ... could be a sign that Mr. Jobs has emerged from his recent health battles with more of an interest in shaping his legacy.” 

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Steve Jobs marked the first -- and, it turns out, only -- authorized biography of the famed Apple chief executive.