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Authorized Steve Jobs bio release moved up again

Simon & Schuster's authorized biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs will come out later this month.

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The release of Simon & Schuster's self-titled biography of Steve Jobs penned by Walter Isaacson has once again been moved up, coming out later this month.

The title, which includes two years' worth of interviews with Jobs, family members, and colleagues, is now set to be released October 24. The original date was November 21, which was moved up from the "early 2012" time frame the publisher originally announced.

Although there have been other biographies about Apple's iconic co-founder, who died yesterday, Isaacson's has been billed as the first published with Jobs' participation.

"Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published," the description reads. "He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against."

In an essay for Time magazine (subscription only), Isaacson recounts the last time he talked with Jobs.

"A few weeks ago, I visited Jobs for the last time in his Palo Alto, Calif., home. He had moved to a downstairs bedroom because he was too weak to go up and down stairs. He was curled up in some pain, but his mind was still sharp and his humor vibrant."

When Isaacson asked Jobs why he wanted to do the book, Jobs told him, "I wanted my kids to know me. I wasn't always there for them, and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did."

Within days of being offered as a pre-order, the book, which was originally titled "iSteve: The Book of Jobs," jumped near the top of best-selling book lists on Amazon, reaching No. 1 status in three different categories: Biography & History, Business Professional's Biographies, and Technology.

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Updated at 1:35 p.m. PT: Added comments from author Walter Isaacson.

(via CNN)