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Paperback Version of Jobs Best-Selling Bio to Be Released in Fall, With New Cover Shot of Young Steve

Simon & Schuster said it will finally be publishing the paperback edition of Walter Isaacson’s best-selling authorized biography of Steve Jobs on September 10, which will feature a new cover image of the iconic Apple co-founder as a younger man.

The book will be updated with a new afterword, said the New York publisher.

But new art, taken by Norman Seeff in 1984, should attract a lot of attention. The original striking and simple black-and-white photo of Jobs on the hardcover jacket of “Steve Jobs” — which was taken by Albert Watson in 2006 — showed the legendary tech figure later in his life and was an image Jobs approved. The new one has Jobs in the exact same thumb-on-chin pose, with the exact same intense gaze that he was well known for.

Simon & Schuster has declined to release sales figures for the high-profile book, but it was Amazon’s best-selling book in 2011 after it was released in the fall of that year.

The paperback version will come out almost two years later, which is a longer time between hardcover and paperback releases than most books.

Here are the two photos — provided to AllThingsD by Simon & Schuster — for you to compare:

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Steve Jobs Cover with Credit embedded


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