The release of Steve Jobs: A Biography—the first official bio of the Apple founder—is now scheduled to hit bookstores on Nov. 21, nearly five months ahead of its original release date.
Simon & Schuster had planned to release the book (originally titled iSteve: The Book of Jobs) in March 2012, but decided to move the date forward because “the book is now ready,” according to the publisher.
The book’s author, Walter Isaacson, former CEO of CNN and former managing editor of Time, collected more than 40 interviews with Jobs and hundreds of interviews with “family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues,” says Simon & Schuster. Isaacson has written a number of other biographies, including Kissinger: A Biography; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Einstein: His Life and Universe.
Fortune got a first look at the book's jacket. "The cover," Isaacson wrote in an email, "is the Albert Watson portrait taken for Fortune in 2009. The back is a Norman Seeff portrait of him in the lotus position holding the original Macintosh, which ran in Rolling Stone in January 1984. The title font is Helvetica. It will look as you see it, with no words on the back cover."