Steve Jobs Biography Already Best Selling Book of 2011 on Amazon
Steve Jobs famously proclaimed ďpeople donít read anymoreĒ in a 2008 New York Times
article where he slammed Amazonís Kindle e-reader as irrelevant and doomed. So it seems just a wee bit ironic Walter Isaacsonís authorized Steve Jobs biography is already the bestselling book on Amazon for 2011.
Released just over a month ago, the book debuted at #13 on Amazonís Best Sellers list and sold a reported 383,000 copies in its first week. Thatís physical copies, not digital. By mid-November Jobs' biography took the number two spot before ultimately taking the top spot in early December. Jobsí biography is now Amazonís overall best-selling book of the year after less than two months of availability. A remarkable feat for a 650-odd page biography. But, the book is already down to #2 on the active Best Sellers list, behind Diary of Wimpy Kid 6: Cabin Fever
The Jobs money train wonít likely stop soon. Sony acquired the movie rights to produce a film based on the biography and Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) is reportedly extremely interested in penning the script.
Amazonís numbers, while encouraging, beg the question: what about iBook sales of Jobs biography? Breaking down the sales of the biography could divulge some interesting information about the e-book reading habits of iOS and other e-reader users. Perhaps most interesting comparison would come between digital sales and physical sales of Jobsí biography.
Then again, the results might make the late Apple Executive turn over in his grave.