Steve Jobs biographer interviewed on 60 Minutes (and why Steve didn't like on/off switches)

Summary:Walter Isaacson was interviewed on 60 Minutes about his biography on Steve Jobs which was released globally today. Full video (and extras) below.

MacRumors notes that the highly-anticipated Walter Isaacson biography Steve Jobs began shipping at around 7:00pm ET to customers that pre-ordered it on Kindle, and at around 11:00pm ET to customers that pre-ordered it on iBooks. The electronic releases occurred just ahead of the 12:01am ET embargo date requested by the publisher.

Many of the details in the book were made public on Thursday when the Associated PressThe New York Times and Huffington post obtained advanced copies ahead of its scheduled October 24, 2011 release.

My favorite anecdote from the 60 Minutes interview with Isaacson is when he discusses Steve's mortality with him. Steve first talks about the afterlife and how the wisdom that you've accumulated lives on, but then Steve pauses and goes on to say "but sometimes I feel that it's like an on/off switch. Click. And you're gone. And that's why I don't like putting on/off switches on Apple devices."

Here's part 1:

Here's part 2:

Bonus footage (that didn't air during the 60 Minutes broadcast) can be found at 60 Minutes Overtime. In the clips from Isaacson's interviews Jobs talks about the dominance of Facebook and how he admires Mark Zuckerberg.

Steve Jobs' family album:

Did you buy the Jobs bio? What part surprised you most?

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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