L,B acquires Steve Jobs biography

Little, Brown in the UK and Simon & Schuster in the US have bought an authorised biography of Steve Jobs, based on three years of interviews with the Apple founder.

Little, Brown c.e.o. Ursula MacKenzie and publishing director Tim Whiting bought UK and Commonwealth rights to iSteve: The Book of Jobs by Walter Isaacson from Amanda Urban at International Creative Management and Gordon Wise at Curtis Brown. The book will be published by Little, Brown and Simon & Schuster early next year. It has thus far been sold in 21 territories.

As well as the interviews with Jobs, Isaacson interviewed Job's family members, Apple colleagues and competitors.

MacKenzie said: "This extraordinary book will give us a unique insight into the life and thinking of the man who has single-handedly transformed the world for all of us and in ways we never thought imaginable.

"We are also delighted to be bringing the prize-winning journalist and biographer, Walter Isaacson, to the list."

Isaacson is a former chairman and c.e.o. of CNN and was appointed by US president Barack Obama as chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors in 2009.