TiPb Book Club: Steve Jobs biography
Just downloaded and started reading and it occurred to me... Book club! The only thing better than reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson is reading and sharing it with all of you. (Hey, what better book to get us started with, right?)
So pour yourself a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, pull up your comfiest reading chair, and lets get started.
Thoughts, reviews, feelings, critiques, anything welcome.
*Takes a sip, flips a page.*
- 10-24-2011, 04:22 AM #2
I've only read the introduction so far and I'm hooked. Time to start Jobs childhood. Wonder when I'll be able to put this down?
Anyone else feel a little weird reading a biography about a man that created the device your reading it on?
- 10-24-2011, 07:08 AM #3
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- 10-24-2011, 08:28 AM #5
- 10-24-2011, 09:10 AM #7
- 10-24-2011, 09:36 AM #8
Soooo tempted to skip ahead and read some of the later chapters first but so far I've resisted that temptation. I just know I'm going to start hearing bits from the book in the press before I've read that far myself. I read Alan Sugar's autobiography last week while on holiday - a very good read and highly recommended. If only Steve's biography had been released last week then I could have read it too.
Bought the iBooks format and should receive the hardback tomorrow from Amazon. I think I'll stick that on the shelf and stick to the iPad. Seems the "right" thing to do somehow.
- 10-24-2011, 10:14 AM #9
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- 10-24-2011, 03:20 PM #11
Great idea Rene!
- 10-24-2011, 04:04 PM #12
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- 10-24-2011, 11:50 PM #14
I picked it up at lunch and read the intro and chapter one. Came home, watched the news and caught my Monday prime time shows. Started reading shortly after and just finished chapter 12. My honest impressions? I give it a C+ so far. Hopefully in the later chapters it gets better.
- 10-25-2011, 01:02 AM #15
- 10-25-2011, 04:15 AM #16
Six chapters in so far and apart from the India bit dragging on a bit as futurecode says, it's pretty interesting and well written.
My opinions of Woz have gone up a lot too as he just seems like such a nice guy albeit a bit naive and "childlike". It's not that I had a bad opinion of him before, I really didn't know much about him other than the fact he keeps popping out of the woodwork every time a new Apple device is launched, almost as if to gain free publicity. I'm glad to see this other side of him.
- 10-25-2011, 05:36 AM #17
- 10-25-2011, 05:09 PM #18
Anyone else just get an email from Apple regarding the updated version of the Steve Jobs eBook? The email talks you through deleting the old one and downloading a new copy. I was all set to do it and then wondered - is there something in the original that isn't supposed to be???
Hmm, I think I'll wait...
Went ahead and updated the book and compared table of contents before and after. With font size set to produce a total of 541 pages I found the following differences:
1. Title Page now starts on page 7 instead of 8 so Author Bio is a page shorter. Seems to just be tighter image formatting as no obvious omissions.
2. Footnotes now starts on page 540 instead of 545. Again, this being a photo rich section, I think it is just tighter formatting of the text around images with less whitespace.
I've saved a copy of the original epub file just in case there is anything interesting which turns out to have changed but it looks like just some formatting changes to me.
I hope this is of interest.
Last edited by meerkat; 10-25-2011 at 05:48 PM.
- 10-25-2011, 05:38 PM #19
- 10-25-2011, 08:43 PM #20
I just finished reading it. Well, to be honest, I skipped the chapters about Pixar. Will go back and read these chapters later though. All in all, it was a very interesting read. I only knew the basics about Apple's history, so I enjoyed learning more about how it all started. As for Steve himself... well... I'll just say that I'm extremely glad that I don't have to deal with somebody like him on a daily basis. I've always heard that he was a ****** bag, but I think that might have been an understatement. The last few chapters were heartbreaking though. Always sad to see people suffer for so long, and not able to do a damn thing about it but wait.
- 10-25-2011, 10:24 PM #21
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- 10-26-2011, 11:06 AM #23
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- 10-28-2011, 12:22 AM #25