According to The New York Times, Jobs is likely to collaborate on an authorised biography, to be written by Walter Isaacson, a former managing editor of Time magazine. Isaacson has a good track record as author of two best-selling biographies, "Einstein: His Life and Universe" and "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life."
Isaacson most recently wrote "American Sketches: Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a Hurricane," a collection of essays. All Isaacson's books have been published by Simon & Schuster.
The Apple co-founder is notorious for saying little in public about the company or his personal life. His official Apple bio offers the following: "Steve grew up in the apricot orchards which later became known as Silicon Valley, and still lives there with his family."
Last year, Apple tried to block a lengthy 4,000 word plus profile of Steve Jobs from being published in the Sunday Times newspaper. Respected journalist and author Bryan Appleyard reported Apple twice tried unsuccessfully to halt the story, which covered familiar and not so familiar ground including Apple's iconic appeal, Job's upbringing, patchy education, love life, control freak nature, business success and failure and his health.
"Apple hates personality stuff and press intrusion. "We want to discourage profiles," an Apple PR tells me stiffly, apparently unaware she is waving a sackful of red rags at a herd of bulls," Appleyard wrote. "Another PR rings the editor of this magazine to try to halt publication of this piece."
Jobs opened up about his liver transplant later in 2009, when he made a public return to Apple launching revised iPods and a new iTunes. "As some of you know, about five months ago I had a liver transplant," Jobs said. "I now have the liver of a mid-20s person who died in a car crash and was generous enough to donate their organs, and I wouldn't be here without such generosity."
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