TOKYO (majirox news) — In its first week on sale in Japan, Walter Isaacson’s biography of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs is flying off the shelves. Japan’s publisher Kodansha announced that sales of the book, titled “Steve Jobs,” has exceeded 1 million copies as of November 2.
“It sold at an exceptional speed,” said a spokesman for Kodansha. “It is Steve Jobs’ ability, strength and appeal that attracted readers.”
Volume 1 of the book that came out on October 24, has sold 550,000 copies, and Volume 2 has sold 470,000 copies.
The 656-page book traces Jobs’ from his hippie youth, co-founding of Apple in his parent’s Silicon Valley garage to his removal from the company and his successful return 11 years later and his astonishing successes in the past ten years with the iPod, iPhone and iPad.
Jobs died on October 5 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 56. The publication of Isaacson’s book, which was written with Jobs’ cooperation, was moved up from the original 2012 date.