Here is my selection of the best books for learning about and being inspired by the late Steve Jobs! I have read or thumbed all (except two, not yet published) of these, and can recommend them for your own, personal benefit -- or as a superb gift for anyone on your gift list this year!
* Steve Jobs
* Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs
* I, Steve: Steve Jobs in His Own Words
* The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great
* Return to the Little Kingdom: Steve Jobs and the Creation of Apple
* iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business
* Revolution in The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made
* All About Steve: The Story of Steve Jobs and Apple from the Pages of Fortune
* Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company
.... go get'em!
Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years - as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues - Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.
Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple's hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.
Full story : Steve Jobs | by Walter Isaacson
I, Steve: Steve Jobs in His Own Words
Drawn from more than three decades of media coverage - print, electronic, and online - this tribute serves up the best, most thought-provoking insights ever spoken by Steve Jobs: more than 200 quotations that are essential reading for everyone who seeks innovative solutions and inspirations applicable to their business, regardless of size.
Jobs made an indelible mark in multiple industries, and played an enormous role in creating others. Consider how Jobs and Apple shaped the following fields: personal computers (laptop and desktop), apps (for multiple electronic devices), computer animation (Pixar), music (iTunes), telecommunications (iPhone), personal digital devices (iPod), books (iBook), and, most recently, tablets (iPad). Jobs was the greatest business visionary of our era.I, Steve is the perfect gift or reference item for everyone interested in this great American original.
Full story : Steve Jobs in His Own Words | Steve Jobs
All About Steve: The Story of Steve Jobs and Apple from the Pages of Fortune
Steve Jobs' legacy is clear: The most innovative business leader of our time, the man FORTUNE named CEO of the Decade in 2009. Now from the pages of FORTUNE comes an anthology of 17 classic stories spanning the years 1983 to 2011 about the cultural icon who revolutionized computing, telephones, movies, music, retailing, and product design. The stories lay out in unparalleled detail the career of a man with relentless drive and a single underlying passion - to carry out his vision of how all of us would use technology.
Writes managing editor Andy Serwer in the book's foreward: "In the end he was proved right a billion times over, and his company Apple became one of the most successful enterprises on the planet." All these stories are the product of deep reporting. In many cases FORTUNE's writers spent hours interviewing Jobs and delving into his mind. The result is a singular journalistic collection, which will leave you with a comprehensive picture of Steve Jobs and Apple, a picture that is complex in the making yet simple in its triumph.
Full story : All About Steve | Paperback | by Jay Elliot and William L. Simon
The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs's wildly popular presentations have set a new global gold standard - and now this step-by-step guide shows you exactly how to use his crowd-pleasing techniques in your own presentations.
The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs is as close as you'll ever get to having the master presenter himself speak directly in your ear. Communications expert Carmine Gallo has studied and analyzed the very best of Jobs's performances, offering point-by-point examples, tried-and-true techniques, and proven presentation secrets that work every time.
With this revolutionary approach, you'll be surprised at how easy it is to sell your ideas, share your enthusiasm, and wow your audience the Steve Jobs way.
Full story : The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs | by Carmine Gallo
Return to the Little Kingdom: Steve Jobs and the Creation of Apple
In 1984, The Little Kingdom told the story of Apple's first decade alongside the histories of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Now Moritz revisits his classic biography in light of what Apple has become, offering for the first time in paperback the only from the ground up account of Apple's early years.
"A fascinating story." -The New York Times
"Superb reporting. Written at a crackling pace." -Business Week
Full story : Return to the Little Kingdom | by Michael Moritz | Paperback
Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company
Owen Linzmayer's Apple Confidential is subtitled The Real Story of Apple Computer, Inc., and while nobody will ever know the complete, "real" story about Apple, Linzmayer's is probably as close as they come. Having covered Apple news since 1980, he offers extensive insider details about Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, John Sculley, Gilbert Amelio, Bill Gates, and other major players whose lives were (and are) intertwined with Apple's history. And along the way, we also learn about lesser-known figures whose stories have remained hidden in the Apple myth: Ronald Gerald Wayne, for example, who was actually a partner with Wozniak and Jobs in the original incarnation of the company, but who sold his share when he realized he would be financially vulnerable if it should fail.
Apple Confidential is rife with gems that will appeal to Apple fanatics and followers of the computer industry. Especially enjoyable are the revelation of "Easter eggs" that are hidden in several versions of the Mac operating system; the many screen shots, timelines, and telling quotes from Jobs, Gates, Wozniak and others that populate the margins and concluding sections of each chapter; the "Code Names Uncovered" section that makes public the monikers of several secret Apple projects; and Bill Gates's 1985 letter to John Sculley and Jean Louis Gassee pleading for Apple to license Mac technology and develop a "standard personal computer." --Patrick O'Kelley
Full story : Apple Confidential | Paperback | by Owen Linzmayer and Owen W. Linzmayer
The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs: Insanely Different Principles for Breakthrough Success
By following Steve Jobs's visionary example, you'll discover exciting new ways to unlock your creative potential and to foster an environment that encourages innovation and allows it to flourish. You'll learn how to match - and beat - the most powerful competitors, develop the most revolutionary products, attract the most loyal customers, and thrive in the most challenging times. Bestselling business journalist Carmine Gallo has interviewed hundreds of successful professionals--from CEOs, managers, and entrepreneurs to teachers, consultants, and stay-at-home moms - to get to the core of Steve Jobs's innovative philosophies. These are the simple, meaningful, and attainable principles that drive us all to "Think Different." These are The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs.
An enhanced ebook is now available with 10 demonstration videos of Jobs' sure-fire innovation secrets. Select the Kindle Edition with Audio/Video from the available formats.
Full story : The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs | Hardcover | by Carmine GalloCarmine
Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs (AUDIO)
In The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs, best-selling author Carmine Gallo reveals the qualities that make the Apple co-founder the most innovative leader in business today. Each principle is backed with research, quotes, and first-person interviews with experts and business leaders, as well as specific ideas for applying those principles to every business, large or small.
By following Steve Jobs' visionary example, you'll discover exciting new ways to unlock your creative potential and to foster an environment that encourages innovation and allows it to flourish. You'll learn how to match - and beat - the most powerful competitors, develop the most revolutionary products, attract the most loyal customers, and thrive in the most challenging times.
©2011 Carmine Gallo
Full story : Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs | Audible Audio Edition
Revolution in The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made
There was a time, not too long ago, when the typewriter and notebook ruled, and the computer as an everyday tool was simply a vision. Revolution in the Valley traces this vision back to its earliest roots: the hallways and backrooms of Apple, where the groundbreaking Macintosh computer was born. The book traces the development of the Macintosh, from its inception as an underground skunkworks project in 1979 to its triumphant introduction in 1984 and beyond.
Through lavish illustrations, period photos, and Hertzfeld's vivid first-hand accounts, Revolution in the Valley reveals what it was like to be there at the birth of the personal computer revolution. The story comes to life through the book's portrait of the talented and often eccentric characters who made up the Macintosh team. Now, over 20 years later, millions of people are benefiting from the technical achievements of this determined and brilliant group of people.
Full story : Revolution in The Valley | by Andy Hertzfeld | Paperback
iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business
Apparently, this book hit a nerve. Or several.According to media reports, Apple Computer removed all of the titles published by John Wiley & Sons from its retail stores to protest this book. Included were the successful Dummies series, as well as computer-related volumes from popular authors Andy Ihnatko and Bob LeVitus.So what's the fuss?
This biography of Apple's co-founder is fairly well balanced. The authors keenly admire Jobs despite the many personal shortcomings they catalog, gleefully referring to sundry over-the-top idiosyncrasies as examples of Jobs' ''Stevian'' hubris.
** Hardcover or Paperback -- coming in January of 2012
Full story : iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act | by Jeffrey S. Young
Any of these will make great reading, or a wonderful gift for the Apple fan on your gift list. All are jam-packed with wisdom, innovation and the spark of inspiration to thrill anyone in today's technology driven world.
And, thanks for reading