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Walter Isaacson to Serve as Keynote Speaker at BEA

isaacsonw-100-sqrFamed biography writer Walter Isaacson has been named this year’s keynote speaker at the forthcoming BookExpo America (BEA) conference. The Slate Group editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg will sit with Isaacson for an interview.

According to the press release, the two will discuss Isaacson’s forthcoming book, The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, which is slated for release in October 2014. This event will take place on May 30th.

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Walter Isaacson’s New Book is Coming in October

isaacsonSimon & Schuster will publish Walter Isaacson‘s new book The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, this October.

The latest work from the biographer of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin, explores how creativity, science and technology intersects. Here is an excerpt:

The computer and the internet are among the most important innovations of our era, but few people know who created them. They were not conjured up in a garret or garage by solo inventors suitable to be singled out on magazine covers or put into a pantheon with Edison, Bell, and Morse. Instead, most of the innovations of the digital age were done collaboratively. There were a lot of fascinating people involved, some ingenious and a few even geniuses. This is the story of these pioneers, hackers, inventors, and entrepreneurs—who they were, how their minds worked, and what made them so creative. It’s also a narrative of how they collaborated and why their ability to work as teams made them even more creative.”

Walter Isaacson Solicits Feedback For New Book Online

isaacsonWalter Isaacson, the biographer known for his works on Steve Jobs, Benjamin Franklin and Henry Kissinger, has released two chapters of his upcoming book online with the idea of soliciting feedback from the community. He shared the chapters on Medium.com, a tool for building collaborative stories online.

The book is called The Birth of Online, which explores the history of the Internet. “Online collaboration is why the Internet was originally built, and I’m interested in any comments or corrections readers might want to make before I publish in a year,” he explained on the post about why he decided to share his work in advance.

Isaacson told TechCrunch that he has made factual changes to the book based on the feedback he has been getting from online readers. Read more

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson Gets New Paperback Cover

The paperback edition of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson comes out on September 10, 2013 with a brand new cover.

We’ve embedded the cover image above, with a Norman Seeff photograph from 1984. What do you think?

DOJ Quotes Steve Jobs Bio in Opening Statement

During its opening statement in U.S. v. Apple et al. today, the Department of Justice ran a slide show that opened with an excerpt from Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.

We’ve embedded the slide in question above–do you think the Isaacson biography helps show evidence that Apple and publishers were fixing eBook prices?

You can also see the DOJ’s charts illustrating price changes once major publishers began selling digital books at the same price across different marketplaces. Below, you can see the complete DOJ slideshow as a Scribd document.

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Aaron Sorkin to Write Film Adaptation of Steve Jobs Bio

Sony Pictures Entertainment will adapt Walter Isaacson‘s bestselling biography of Steve Jobs, with The Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin writing on the script.

Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal had this statement:  “Jobs’ story is unique: he was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time but of all time. There is no writer working in Hollywood today who is more capable of capturing such an extraordinary life for the screen than Aaron Sorkin; in his hands, we’re confident that the film will be everything that Jobs himself was: captivating, entertaining, and polarizing.”

Mark Gordon, Scott Rudin and Guymon Casady will produce the upcoming biopic.  Deadline Hollywood has the release.

E.L. James Makes TIME 100 List

Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James debuted on TIME magazine’s TIME 100 list this year, joining comedians turned writers and Steve Jobs’ biographer on the prestigious list.

TIME editor-at-large Brenda Luscombe wrote: “Six months ago she was Erika Leonard, a mother of two who dabbled in saucy stories for the Web. Now she’s E.L. James, publishing phenomenon, whose Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has deeply stirred booksellers, Hollywood and, apparently, many, many mothers. Reading may never be the same.”

The TIME 100 list also included features about Ann Patchett (written by Elizabeth Gilbert), Walter Isaacson (written by Madeleine Albright), Stephen Colbert (written by Garry Trudeau), Chelsea Handler (written by Kathy Griffin), and Asghar Farhadi (written by Richard Corliss).

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)

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.

Walter Isaacson Reportedly Will Write “Authorized Biography” of Steve Jobs

sketches23.pngYesterday the NY Times broke the news that Apple CEO Steve Jobs “is set to collaborate on an authorized biography.” After a little bit of research, GalleyCat spotted the first mention of Jobs in the work of his new biographer.

According to the article, the biography will be written by Walter Isaacson–author of American Sketches. The author would not comment on the anonymously attributed claims that he will write Jobs’ biography. However, in American Sketches, he identified Jobs as one of the “two most creative digital innovators,” listing the Apple CEO alongside another publishing industry revolutionary.

Here’s the passage, via Google Books: “Jobs got music consumers (of all people) comfortable with the concept of paying 99 cents for a tune instead of Napsterizing an entire industry, and Jeff Bezos with his Kindle showed that consumers would buy electronic versions of books, magazines, and newspapers if purchases could be done simply.”

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