Walter Isaacson, the biographer who wrote Steve Jobs, has let it slip that he may be considering an expansion of the current biography to include things like an addendum detailing Jobs’ death at some point in the future.
The author discussed potential plans for expanding the already 630-page book in the future. One possibility is doing an extensively annotated version. Another is writing an addendum that addresses the period surrounding Jobs’ death. Fleshing out the details seems like a logical next step, since Isaacson believes the Apple (AAPL) CEO’s story will be told for decades or a century to come. “This is the first or second draft,” he said, referring to his book’s role in documenting Jobs’ life. “It’s not the final draft.”
The biography is well-written already, but it certainly leaves you looking for more information on some things. However, expanding the biography in the future seems like a bit of an odd thing to be talking about at this point. The biography is ripping up the charts, and we’re probably not alone in wondering if Isaacson and his publisher will use the interest in Jobs to maximize profits.
Something about addendums and still working on the book doesn’t sit right with me. If Isaacson feels like the book isn’t finished, why did he release it (obvious reasons like money aside)? I haven’t reached the end of the biography yet, so I can’t really comment fully on if it feels like it has an abrupt end currently.
Have you finished the book? Would you like to see more added to the biography in the future? I’m thinking we should just let it stand as it is.