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:
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 Kindle e-books 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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