Amazon Names "Steve Jobs" Biography Best-Selling Book of 2011
December 12, 2011 6:05 PM
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The top 10 list also contained two books that were Kindle-only, which marked a great success for Amazon's digital e-book business
Amazon has released its list of top 10 best-selling books of the year, and Steve Jobs' authorized biography made the No. 1 spot despite being on the market less than two months.
"Steve Jobs" was written by Walter Isaacson
, who also wrote biographies on Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin. The book was released October 24, 2011, which was 19 days after the former CEO of Apple died due to complications involving pancreatic cancer. The 656-page book contains over 40 interviews with Jobs over a two-year period, as well as interviews with Jobs' family, friends, competitors, and colleagues.
Amazon's top 10 list, which includes both traditional book sales and Kindle e-book downloads, ranked "Steve Jobs" at No.1 without providing actual sales figures. The biography surpassed other hot books of 2011 such as "Bossypants" by Tina Fey and "A Stolen Life" by Jaycee Dugard.
Amazon's top 10 list is as follows:
"Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson
"Bossypants" by Tina Fey
"A Stolen Life" by Jaycee Dugard
"The Mill River Recluse" by Darcie Chan
"In the Garden of the Beasts" by Erik Larson
"A Dance with Dragons" by George R.R. Martin
"The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain
"The Litigators" by John Grisham
"The Abbey" by Chris Culver
"Inheritance (The Inheritance Cycle)" by Christopher Paolini
What is particularly interesting about Amazon's list is that two of the titles, "The Mill River Recluse" and "The Abbey," were only available for Kindle. Both authors also printed their books through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing service, marking a success for Amazon as
are starting to outpace print books.
"We had high hopes that this would happen eventually, but we never imagined it would happen this quickly," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO. "We've been selling print books for 15 years and Kindle books for less than 4 years."
While "Steve Jobs" managed to climb to the top rank on Amazon's list, it wasn't numero uno on
Barnes & Noble's top 100 best-sellers
. Instead, "Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle Series #4)" by Christopher Paolini held the No. 1 spot while "Steve Jobs" sat at No. 5.
I haven't finished reading "Steve Jobs" quite yet, but I am about 250 pages in after recently purchasing it. I'll admit that it's an interesting read so far, and that Jobs' passion and need for perfection is inspiring at times (although a little frustrating at times as well), but some of the things he does is just flat-out ridiculous. He just cries and whines whenever he doesn't get his way, and seemed to have expected the world from everyone. He's the kind of person who sent food back several times at a restaurant and even complained about the nurses who attempted to help him toward the end of his life. Apparently he went through 67 nurses before finding three that were good enough. His attitude is almost intolerable at some points in the book. But despite his hot-headed antics, Jobs managed to pull his emotional, passionate side together with his understanding of business and stylistic vision to produce some of the most popular products on the market. Jobs was great at taking something that was already created and manage to turn it into a product many craved. From what I can tell, it's a great read whether you're a loyal Apple follower or just a curious reader.
I should also note that "Bossypants" and "Inheritance (The Inheritance Cycle)" were probably my two favorites on Amazon's list and I highly recommend either if you're into Tina Fey's sarcastic yet humorous style and fantasy series like Paolini's "Inheritance."
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RE: Good Quote
12/14/2011 4:35:09 PM
I agree mostly, but its not really accurate. What did we have before the original iPhone? Things that did not fit what common people wanted in a cellular PDA device. Apple had and has a nack for seeing what can be great and refining it into something people want and providing a standard others can improve on (Droid)
I do not think great things like app stores or music purchasing or phones in general would be how they are now for many years from now if it weren't for what they did to kick-start it into a modern era. They tried to do it a long time ago with Newton. Some doctors STILL use that amazing piece of old tech. Just to say they copied it somehow manages to trick people into buying it is disingenuous.
RE: Good Quote
12/15/2011 9:20:15 PM
There were touch devices/phones similar to the iphone before the iphone was released. hell, the prada was released during the iphone's initial announcement.
the newton was forward thinking but also an inaccurate and hefty device. i think people forget that apple touted it as a computer replacement, then relegated it to a peripheral later. there's nothing wrong in saying that apple simply adjusts old ideas into something more appealing to the public.
"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
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