Throughout his career, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs sent a myriad of email messages to fans, developers, and Mac users. CNN writer Mark Milian has collected over 100 of these email responses into a short ebook, appropriately titled Letters to Steve: Inside the E-mail Inbox of Apple’s Steve Jobs.
The book attempts to create an abbreviated narrative using these messages and other quotes from Apple’s co-founder, occasionally displaying his emails in full. Divided up into thematic sections (one chapter is simply titled “Customer Service Officer”), each chapter of the book skips through time to feature Jobs’s replies on a variety of subjects: Apple software, Macs, his own health, Adobe Flash, and the iPhone, among others.
Most of these quotes and emails will seem familiar if you follow any of the rumor blogs: Many were originally publicly published on websites like MacRumors, 9to5 Mac, Cult of Mac, and Gizmodo, though Milian has managed to gather a few additional responses not previously published online. It would have been nice to see more letters presented in their entirety, rather than couched; unfortunately, Jobs’s often curt correspondance makes the book rely on pages of supplementary background information at expense to the reader.
For those with an interest in Jobs who haven’t yet heard these stories, or who want a collection of his letters in one place, Letters to Steve may suit your needs; others, however, may find it a rehash of the same old information found in other Jobs works. You can pick up the ebook from the Amazon Kindle store for $3, with an iBookstore version slated to appear later in the year.