The authorized biography of Steve Jobs, written by Walter Isaacson, will be released on Oct. 24, according to publisher Simon & Schuster on Thursday (via the Associated Press). That’s nearly a full month earlier than its planned release date, which was Nov. 21.
Following the news of Jobs’ death on Wednesday, pre-orders of the book are up 41,700 percent in the last 24 hours, according to Amazon’s (s amzn) Movers & Shakers list. The book, simply titled Steve Jobs, tops the Amazon Best Seller list, is number 3 on the Barnes & Noble (s bks) top 100 for this hour, and, not surprisingly, also leads the pack at Apple’s (s aapl) own iBookstore.
The authorized biography includes many lengthy interviews between Isaacson and Jobs. The last such interview took play just four weeks ago, just after Jobs retired from Apple’s CEO role, according to sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal, (s nws) and Jobs “knew he was going to die soon” at the time.
Since Jobs and the company he ran were notoriously secretive, it’s no surprise that Apple fans are eager to get an inside look at the man behind the Mac.