Apple CEO Steve Jobs

Apple CEO agrees to participate in a book about his life

The biography of Steve Jobs will be published early next year, after the Apple boss agreed to participate in a book on his life.

Simon & Schuster announced that Walter Isaacson's iSteve: The Book of Jobs will be published in early 2012. Isaacson has been working on the long-rumoured biography since 2009 and has interviewed Jobs, members of his family, colleagues at Apple and competitors.

Spokeswoman Tracey Guest of Simon & Schuster said no further details were available and that neither Jobs nor Isaacson would be commenting.

Many Jobs biographies have been written, but not with his authorisation. He reacted to at least one book with active disapproval.

In 2005, Apple banished works by John Wiley & Sons from its stores because the publisher had signed up an unauthorised biography, iCon: Steve Jobs, The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business, by Jeffrey S. Young and William L. Simon.

Few biographers are better connected than Isaacson, a former top executive at CNN and Time magazine who has written best-sellers about Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein. He is currently the president and chief executive officer of the Aspen Institute, a "non-partisan educational and policy studies institute" in Washington, D.C.

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