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April 26, 2005

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Comments

Scote

Increasingly Jobs and Bush seem to be poster boys for megalomania. They both have an incredible desire for complete control over the media and have no shame in punishing the media for displeasing them. It is a horrible trend that should be discouraged by the public.

I doubt I would even have known about the bio if Jobs hadn't banned all Wiley & Sons books. I guess I need to order a copy just to annoy Jobs.

Samuel Linde

Haven't cared for their books until now, won't care anymore because of this.

Mike

Too bad the Mercury wants to know everything about me before I can read their piddling little article.

Usher Lieberman

here here, it is now at the top of my to read list. I think you have the right comparison Scote.

Tim Windsor

Just pre-ordered the book from Amazon.

I love Apple, love their products. I've bought more computers and iPods from them since 1987 than I care to count. And I'll be installing Tiger as soon as it arrives Friday.

But lately Steve's acting like he's been believing too much of the good ink he's been getting.

It's spelled h-u-b-r-i-s. And it's very dangerous.

Ted Demopoulos

Hmmmm, I have to read it on basic principles :)

Besides, now that I know about it, it sounds like an interesting book!

craig

Mike,
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1. Install Firefox
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McD

meg·a·lo·ma·ni·a

1. A psychopathological condition characterized by delusional fantasies of wealth, power, or omnipotence.
2. An obsession with grandiose or extravagant things or actions.

If it's not a fantasy (meaning you DO wield incredible power) is it still
megalomania or a lesser mental psychopathological condition? Like:

nar·cis·sism

1. Excessive love or admiration of oneself.
2. A psychological condition characterized by self-preoccupation, lack of empathy, and unconscious deficits in self-esteem.
3. Erotic pleasure derived from contemplation or admiration of one's own body or self, especially as a fixation on or a regression to an infantile stage of development.
4. The attribute of the human psyche charactized by admiration of oneself but within normal limits.

Inquiring minds want to know: Is Jobs successful because of these traits or in spite of them? I think it's because... The guy is just driven to climb on and over anything in his way. Robo-Jobs.

Joe I.

Apple is becomeing more and more arrogant and starting to act in way that is both not good for the consumer and certainly very anti-independent thinking....I tell you it is "follow the corporate mothership" or else. Their ethics are sliding. They are also neglecting their hardware. As they try to dominate and create a monopoly in iTunes and iPod the hardware lines are being forgotten. What about the 3Ghz PowerMac that was supposed to show up last June when Jobs clearly said it would. There haven't been updates in nearly a year. I think they are slipping.

One exception is Tiger. Great system ahead of Microsoft's Longhorn but a friend who attended a conference in Seattle yesterday put on by MS said basically the next version of Windows looks just like Mac OS. Even Jobs said that a couple of weeks ago.

Apple is always first with the best but looses out to others in the end and I think this arrogant behavior will come back and bite them.

Stanley Krute

Joe L.

Apple has ALWAYS been arrogant.

It's in the corporate DNA, and
derives from the gestalt of
founder Steve.

(Just as their corp. DNA genes
for hardware elegance derive from
Woz.)

You've just been hypnotized by the
coolth of the products and slickness
of the propaganda.

Congrats on the wake-up event.

-- stan

Scote

I'm sure a certain amount of arrogance and narcism is necessary to believe that you should be running a multi-billion dollar company, but Jobs is CEO of Apple not King. Making Apple dump Wiley & Sons books because Jobs has a personal beef with them is taking things too far. Loyalty uber alles is not a good long term strategy for a tech company--or, for that matter, the US.

Infonaut

Steve, Steve, Steve. Things are going your way. Apple is going up, up, up. Pixar is kicking ass and taking names. Relax. Chill out with some Beatles tunes. You can be bigger than this, I just know it.

Jean-Louis Gassée

I was contacted by one of the authors of the bio, Bill Simon. Among other things, Bill Simon was looking for controversial topics. He wasn't happy to hear I felt Gil Amelio made a great decision in bringing Steve back at Apple, I guess he expected sour grapes. [Bill Simon co-wrote Gil Amelio self-justifying "Life on The Firing Line, My 500 Days at Apple".]

Our author proceeded to ask for information on Steve's private life, looking for dirt, I guess. I told him I knew (we live a couple of blocks apart) how Steve and his family value their privacy. Clearly out to do a hatchet job.
Who knows how many people Bill Simon and his cohort called, how can they (and their publisher) be surprised Steve's unhappy with the dirty deed? These guys are out to make a buck off his back. As the French say, the higher the monkey climbs the more people see its derrière...

I see the title iCon being a less than fully positive wordplay.

This said, Steve should let ankle biters and mud eaters be seen for who they are and he for who he is, the man who made and remade Apple, built Pixar in between and smile magnanimously at the poor envious eunuchs.

JLG

ML

Honest question: If this book, which from the rumors going around is quite unflattering of both Jobs and, in many places, Apple, why should anyone expect Apple to help the publisher make money? How is what Apple is doing anything different from me canceling my Mercury News subscription if they were to write an article about a friend or family member that I didn't think was fair and accurate?

Evidently Apple told Wiley that if they published this book, Apple would pull their books. Wiley published anyway, thus gaining a good deal of publicity ;-) I guess I just don't see how either company did anything wrong.

Scote

ML wrote:
"Evidently Apple told Wiley that if they published this book, Apple would pull their books"

As if threatening Wiley in advance makes it ok... Add this to the lawsuits against Apple news sites and you have an excellent picture of a total control freak run amok.

Joe I.

The more I thought about this and read about it I agree with the first comment on this board about Bush and Jobs acting the same here. Both want to control anything that is not on their side so to speak. Instead of putting everything out there and explaining their side they just think it is better to remove it and slap "classified" on it....Just a thought

Joe I.

This is now front page news on CNN.com, BBC news and a number of newspaper's online editions...Looks like really bad publicity again like the environmental record of the iPod.

Also Real Networks today has broken the iPods copy protection for use with their own online store again. They are saying Apple is screwing the music business as well as consumers and there needs to be open standards for all music stores and all devices to play purchased music...Amen.

Tim Swan

This is the stupidest non-controversial decision. If you owned a bookstore and your name was, oh, let's say Dan Gilmor, and a publisher brought out a book titled "Dan Gilmor's a Liar" would you feel the need to sell it?

bloodnok

sounds to me like jobs has a piece of the action and is trying disney-style to increase the sales of this book. won't work, steve. i don't give a rat's about you and your life...

Scote

Tim wrote:
"This is the stupidest non-controversial decision. If you owned a bookstore and your name was, oh, let's say Dan Gilmor, and a publisher brought out a book titled "Dan Gilmor's a Liar" would you feel the need to sell it?"

Tim, that might be a valid comparison if Steve Jobs owned Apple. He doesn't. Steve Jobs != Apple and the book is not a book about Apple, per se. Jobs is the CEO and he answers to the board of directors and the shareholders.

Chetan

The word "bio" in Steve's case brings up another word: "Woz".

Owen

I tend to agree with those like ML and Tim Swan, who think this is a non-event. What obligation does any company or CEO have to give shelf space in company stores to detractors? If he acted to prevent publication I'd feel differently. And trying to separate Jobs' identity from Apple's makes little more sense than separating Gates from MS.

Tim Swan

Scote wrote: "Tim, that might be a valid comparison if Steve Jobs owned Apple. He doesn't. Steve Jobs != Apple and the book is not a book about Apple, per se. Jobs is the CEO and he answers to the board of directors and the shareholders."

Correct, and if Apple thinks that a book that implies that its CEO is a con-man might hurt its business it should be able to make a decision not to sell it without all this second guessing and handwringing. My point was a metaphor.

Rik Gary

Sounds like a must-read. Thanks for the free advertising, Mr. Jobs!

JS

Tim Swan wrote: "Correct, and if Apple thinks that a book that implies that its CEO is a con-man might hurt its business it should be able to make a decision not to sell it without all this second guessing and handwringing. My point was a metaphor."

I think had Apple decided not to sell just that particular book, it would have been a non-event. But the problem was Apple decided to ban *all* books made by the publisher. And Wiley publishes hundreds if not thousands of titles. Including many that discuss Apple products (e.g. search for "iPod" or "os x" at http://www.wiley.com/).

Certainly Apple has the rights not to carry any company's products. But, PR-wise it's a stupid move. In the eyes of the public it looks arrogant and spiteful.

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