Steve Jobs book may be Amazon's 2011 top seller

Mon Oct 24, 2011 7:01pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - The new biography of the late Apple Inc chief Steve Jobs is likely to be Amazon.com Inc's top-selling book of 2011, a spokeswoman at the Internet retailer said on Monday.

"Steve Jobs," by Walter Isaacson, hit bookstores on Monday though the digital version was released earlier than expected late on Sunday on Apple's iBooks online store and Amazon's Kindle eBook store.

The biography is the best-selling book on Amazon.com and is also listed as the top-selling electronic book on the Kindle.

"The way things are trending, it could very likely be our top-selling book of the year," Amazon spokeswoman Brittany Turner said in a statement.

She did not say how eBook sales compared to physical books, but James McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester Research, said that on average 50 percent of bestsellers are digital and in some cases that can go as high as 70 percent.

"It's very likely for the next six months this book will outperform the physical version," he said.

Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS Corp and the publishing house behind the book, declined to give sales projections.

YEARS IN THE MAKING

Jobs reached out to Isaacson in the summer of 2004 and asked the former Time magazine managing editor to consider writing his biography.   Continued...

 
<p>Customers walk past a display of the biography of Steve Jobs, sold at a bookstore in Quezon City, Metro Manila October 24, 2011. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo</p>