The New York Times reports that an authorized biography of Steve Jobs is currently underway and in its “early planning stages.” According to the report, the biography is to be written by Walter Isaacson, the head of the Aspen Institute and the author of popular biographies of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin.
Apple hasn’t officially confirmed the report, leaving it in the official category of “rumor” for the time being, but 1) it’s the New York Times, and 2) perhaps more importantly, the reporter behind the story is the talented and trustworthy Brad Stone, who broke the news that Fake Steve Jobs was really Forbes editor Dan Lyons.
Lord knows there have been plenty of unauthorized biographies of Jobs — by title, our favorite has got to be the one about “the Rise and Fall of Steve Jobs at Apple Computer,” written in 1987 — but this would be Jobs’ first-ever authorized biography.
The book, which is in the early planning stages, would cover the entire life of Mr. Jobs, from his youth in the area now known as Silicon Valley through his years at Apple, these people said.
Mr. Jobs, who will turn 55 on Feb. 24, has invited Mr. Isaacson to tour his childhood home, one person with knowledge of the discussion said.
Cooperation with Mr. Isaacson could be a sign that Mr. Jobs has emerged from his recent health battles with more of an interest in shaping his legacy.
Katie Cotton, an Apple spokeswoman, said the company does not comment on rumors.