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Steve Jobs Graphic Novel Preview From Forbes

Creative agency JESS3 has partnered with Forbes to create a 60-page graphic novel about Steve Jobs. Earlier this week, the magazine released a few sample pages of the new work, which is called The Zen of Steve Jobs.

A print version of the book will be featured in Forbes’ upcoming Forbes 400 issue and a digital version of the book is slated for release in the late fall. The book is set in the 80s in the period when Jobs was kicked out of Apple.

Forbes has more: “The narrative flashes back and forward in time, connecting this influential period to other highlights in Steve’s career and exploring the imprint of Japanese design concepts on Steve’s creative vision.”

How Authors & Publishing Professionals Can Use Storify

Social networks help writers, readers and publishers share stories instantly, but they don’t help us archive those stories for future reading.

The Storify platform will help you quickly preserve everything from Twitter posts to photographs to YouTube videos to news stories on a simple, informative page. Below, we’ve listed five ways authors and publishers can use Storify for literary creations.

Here’s more about the tool: “We make it easy to do [to create] by just dragging-and-dropping, creating beautiful, simple stories. We preserve all attribution and metadata for each element. We let you notify all the sources quoted in a story with one click, a great way to help it go viral. Stories with Storify are interactive, and your readers can re-Tweet or reply to the people quoted in stories. Also, Storify’s API opens up new possibilities for developers to display stories in new ways and on different devices.”

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Steve Jobs Authorized Bio Will Include His Resignation

Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple last night, generating thousands of tweets, articles and tributes. As Jobs steps back, Simon & Schuster said that Walter Isaacson‘s biography of the tech leader will include his resignation when it comes out on November 21st.

Here’s more from PC Mag: “Simon & Schuster spokeswoman Tracey Guest told PCMag that Isaacson ‘speaks to Jobs regularly and is still working on the final chapter of the book.’ … The book promises interviews with Jobs’ ex-girlfriends, foes, family, and fired colleagues. Furthermore, Jobs apparently didn’t demand to review the book before it went to print. There are plenty of unauthorized biographies of Jobs, but this is the first written with his blessing.”

Above, we’ve embedded a video of Jobs introducing the Macintosh computer in 1984. Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography will sell for $19.50 in hardcover on Amazon and the Kindle price is set at $16.50. (Via Publishers Weekly)

130 Million eBooks Downloaded from Apple iBookstore

Today at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple unveiled a new set of cloud computing tools and revealed that users have downloaded 130 million books from the iBookstore.

The company did not separate that figure into paid and free eBooks. In addition, the overall Apple App Store has counted 14 billion downloads and paid more than $2.5 billion to developers for these purchases–a bustling market for publishers to explore.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs also unveiled iCloud, a new storage platform for Apple customers. All users with the new iOS 5 update on their devices will get  5GB of free cloud storage to backup writings, photos and music. This GalleyCat editor uses cloud-based programs like Dropbox and Evernote every day–do you think these companies can survive Apple’s new cloud push?

Why You Should Keep Hard Copies of Your Writings

Millions of writers, including this GalleyCat editor, store writings, eBooks, music, and calendars in virtual cloud storage.

We love the idea of better storage across our devices, but earlier this year we worried if an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attack could cripple all our electronic devices in a few seconds. Could your eBook library and electronic writings survive this kind of disaster?

To find out more, we uncovered a massive report from the federal government’s Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack. As you can see in the government chart embedded above, the initial gamma rays from “a high-altitude nuclear detonation” could theoretically wipe out electronics over a huge swath of the country and wipe out everything stored in the cloud.

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Authorized Steve Jobs Biography Coming in 2012

Biographer Walter Isaacson has landed a deal with Simon & Schuster to publish an authorized biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. iSteve: The Book of Jobs will be released in early 2012.

International Creative Management literary agent Amanda Urban negotiated the deal with editorial director Alice Mayhew. The manuscript has also been acquired by several worldwide publishers including Little, Brown Book Group (UK), Companhia das Letras (Brazil), and China CITIC Press (China).

According to the press release, Isaacson spent three years interviewing Jobs, his family members, Apple colleagues, and competitors to write this book. He has written biographies of  Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Henry Kissinger.

Free iPhone 4 Bumper Case for Apple Customers

At a press conference today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said the company has shipped 3 million iPhone 4s since the smartphone debuted and dismissed what he called “Antennagate”–allegations of reception problems that have plagued the device. According to the CEO, .55 percent of iPhone 4 customers “have called about the antenna or reception.”

eBookNewser has more: “Apple is giving away free bumpers to iPhone 4 owners and is offering a new iOS 4.0.1 free software update to help solve antenna algorithm issues. While Apple is taking a customer friendly approach, Jobs didn’t accept all of the blame. He blamed ‘Antennagate’ on media hype and physics. In a press conference today, the Apple chief pointed out that despite bad reviews, .55 percent of iPhone 4 customers “have called about the antenna or reception.”

Singer and songwriter Jonathan Mann got some amazing press at the conference as Apple played his song to start the presentation. His song climaxes with these words: “If you don’t want an iPhone 4, don’t buy it. If you bought one and you don’t like it, bring it back.”

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Apple Sells Three Million iPads

ipad23.jpgAs eReader companies fight a price war, Apple announced that the company has sold three million iPads in eighty days. While the release didn’t count iBookstore downloads, it counted 11,000 iPad apps.

In addition, Borders joined the eReader battles today, offering a $20 gift certificate with a purchase of a $149 Kobo Reader.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs had this statement: “People are loving iPad as it becomes a part of their daily lives,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more people around the world, including those in nine more countries next month.”

If you want to get your writing on the iPad, check out our interview feature: How to Build a Literary iPad App. For the iPhone users in the audience, Apple unveiled the iOS 4 software update–which will allow iPhone readers to access the iBookstore.

Steve Jobs: 5 Million Books Downloaded in iBookstore

wwdc2010.pngAt the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) conference today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced some upcoming updates to the iBookstore.

According to the Apple Insider live blog, Jobs unveiled some dramatic stats: “In 65 days users have downloaded 5 million books, 2.5 per iPad. 5 of 6 biggest publishers. Share of ebooks from Apple’s iBook store is 22% in just a few weeks.”

Most dramatically, the iBookstore will now have PDF support. Engadget recorded this quote from Jobs: “We’ve put a selector right up top, you can select PDFs, you get a whole new bookshelf. They just look gorgeous.” Along with updates to the iBookstore, readers will now be able highlight passages within the text, add notes, bookmark pages. Bookmarks will also show up in the table of contents.

Apple Sells One Million iPads

ipad23.jpgIn a press release yesterday, Apple celebrated the sale of one million iPads. While Amazon has made a habit of not unveiling sales statistics, Apple has revealed sales statistics since the very first weekend.

Here’s an excerpt from the official release: “‘One million iPads in 28 days–that’s less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone,’ said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. ‘Demand continues to exceed supply and we’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers.’”

After the first weekend of iPad sales last month, Apple noted that iPad users downloaded over one million apps from Apple’s App Store and over 250,000 ebooks from its iBookstore during the first day. We’d love to see more of those download statistics.

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