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Letters to Steve: Inside the E-mail Inbox of Apple's Steve Jobs [Kindle Edition]

Mark Milian
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Through his incredible foresight and technological mastery, Steve Jobs touched billions of people's lives around the world over several decades. He attracted a cult-like following that lined up to buy the computers and gadgets produced by Apple Inc. Over the years, people discovered the e-mail address of Jobs and took to regularly sending him messages. That he often responded was as unusual as his leadership style and his processes for crafting hit products.

Mark Milian, a technology writer for CNN, has reviewed more than a hundred of these e-mails, compiled from those posted by fans to blogs and online message boards. Some never-before-published e-mails from Jobs were shared exclusively for this book. As a whole, these correspondences provide a behind-the-scenes and inside-the-mind account of Jobs' final and most triumphant years. During this time, he returned to Apple and led the beleaguered computer maker from the brink of bankruptcy to becoming the most valuable technology company in the world, while also managing Pixar Animation Studios, an innovative production company that rocketed the Walt Disney Company into a new era of family films.

This book is based on interviews with many of the customers and fans Jobs communicated with. These tales reveal the intricacies of how Jobs portrayed himself as likable and accessible through direct interaction with fans. He handled customer-service inquiries himself and carefully revealed hints about upcoming Apple products, guaranteeing headlines on blogs. However, some of these letters, when analyzed, provide a glimpse into his "reality distortion field," in which he lobs insults, bends the truth and uses misdirection in order to manipulate anyone on the receiving end. This book has been self-published in digital form, and is not associated with or endorsed by CNN.


Blurbs:
“Isaac Newton didn’t have back-cover quotes; why do you want them?” —Steve Jobs, as told to Stephen Wolfram


About the Author:
Mark Milian covers consumer technology for CNN and was previously a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. This is his first e-book.


Editorial Reviews:
"The emails included in 'Letters To Steve: Inside The E-Mail Inbox Of Apple’s Steve Jobs,' reveals Jobs, who died October 5, at his tough minded, funny, and charming best." —Brian Caulfield, Forbes

"'Letters to Steve: Inside the E-mail Inbox of Apple's Steve Jobs' reveals that the co-founder of the technology giant even got involved with his company's basic customer service inquiries." —Anthony Bond, The (London) Daily Mail

“… Milian shows, Jobs also could show some heart.” —Steven Levingston, The Washington Post

"Apple founder Steve Jobs stepped in and fixed problems for deserving customers, a new eBook of his emails reports." —Lesley Ciarula Taylor, Toronto Star

“Milian … chronicles -- among many things -- the prickly side of Jobs that we all found so endearing.” —Erin Sherbet, SF Weekly

"Steve Jobs was not one to mince words, and that included his often terse emails to fans and journalists alike." —Chloe Albanesius, PCMag.com

"Long known for engaging in personal correspondence with customers, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and his concise e-mails are the subject of a new e-book." —AppleInsider

“… an interesting, easy read for those that have been following Apple throughout the years. It’s more than just the emails; Mark Milian weaves the messages together to create a story.” —Alex Heath, iDownloadBlog

"CNN reporter Mark Milian has published an ebook that gathers all of Steve Jobs’s e-mails to customers, fans, and critics that he could find." —Bryan Chaffin, The Mac Observer

"Download of the Day" —Kelly Schwarze, Geeksugar


Product Details

  • File Size: 171 KB
  • Print Length: 82 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006B16JLQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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86 of 98 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Use caution November 22, 2011
By Johan
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I bought this book the same minute (literally) I heard about it. In fact, I even tweeted something along the lines of "Brilliant idea, talk about making soup from a nail". The latter part is a Swedish saying; if you don't have a lot of ingredients, you have to make do with what you got. That's the case, to a varying degree, with all books about Steve Jobs except for the Isacsson bio. Isacsson, of course, had unconditional access to Jobs and everyone else that plays a big part in his story. However, Jobs only spoke to Isacsson and every other author has to find secondary sources. That's the case here.

Still, the idea is great - which is why I bought this book. Unfortunately, the author seems to have reached his limits when he came up with the idea. The role of an author varies depending on the topic; setting; context etc much like the director of a movie. In some movies, the director can use a lot of visual effects to achieve something, but in other cases, the director should just get out of the way. The point being that in the latter case, the director should convey the story and not distract from it with unnecessary effects or intensive cutting. This author should have been the discrete director, yet tries unsuccessfully to be the visual effects lover.

This book is not only poorly written, it's also poorly researched and more times then not - offensive. People who own Mac computers are referred to as "Mac guys"; people who buy iPads are supposedly buying it solely because of Steve Jobs and not on the iPads own merits. All in all, pretty much every Apple customer are implied to be cult members, and by extension, stupid sheep. That offends me, and it's not even subtly laid out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read . . . December 4, 2011
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This book was no where as deep as the biography, but it is very much an interesting read. Well worth the $3, especially if you are a follower of Steve Jobs . . . .
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! December 24, 2011
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I bought this after reading Isaacson's book and this book does not disappoint. It summarizes the life of Steve in a quick but satisfying way. I think it is difficult to understand who Steve Jobs really was other than someone who shaped the world around us and this provides a different perspective. Definitely worth the read and price is right!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disapointing November 24, 2011
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As with most people who will be downloading this book, my interest was ignited through the media coverage which coincided with the release of Mr. Milian's ebook. As presented in such coverage, "Letters to Steve" promised to provide a very unique look at Jobs and Apple; telling the story via Jobs' famous email correspondence. Unfortunately, I walked away a bit disappointed.

Plain and simple, the book is far more Mr. Milian's take on various events than a story told from Job's correspondence. Where I was hoping for some brief set up by the author, giving way to emails to fill in the bulk of the story, I, instead, found the author's dominant voice, with some email highlights thrown in as secondary support. At times, the disparity is so great the lauded emails amount to little more than a couple of "yup" and "no" quotes for an entire chapter. The stories are worthwhile enough, but they simply aren't told through the emails.

In summary, the book isn't bad, it just doesn't live up to the billing and hype. I suppose the underlying problem is that Steve's emails proved more noteworthy for having come from him than for what they actually contained.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money November 23, 2011
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Seriously disappointing. Too much commentary, not enough "Letters to Steve." Try the sample first so you can save yourself some money.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's good, but short June 23, 2014
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In what is likely a poor attempt to cash-in on the death of Jobs, Mark Millian has done the minimal necessary work to make a barely-passable book to pay homage to a few Jobs memories. You'll get better reading blogs on the subject. Pass on this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting May 31, 2014
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A valuable insight of the man who changed the world for decades to come. Definitely worth putting on your reading list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book !! March 7, 2013
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I liked this book, but I think it could have been not-so-revealing -- email correspondence that is of no value or interest to most people, unless they are gawkers into the life of a great man.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
If you like, admire, or even hate Mr. Jobs this is a good look into him as the mysterious and quirky guy he was. Well worth the price.
Published 17 months ago by Cliff B
1.0 out of 5 stars Another case of author faking reveiws?
So many authors are faking reveiws these days. and alot off the positive reveiws are short and quick. And why are most of these reveiws one star or five stars? Hmmm...
Published on April 7, 2012 by Mark Twain
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
Well done. You always hear about the different emails that people send to steve jobs and the playful, succinct, or mysterious responses they get. Read more
Published on January 26, 2012 by Jon Martin
1.0 out of 5 stars Formatting issues
I was excited about this when I heard about it, and the price is certainly right... but it suffers from crippling formatting issues that render the quoted emails no fun to read. Read more
Published on December 5, 2011 by joshwilkesbooth
1.0 out of 5 stars Jaded, uninformed author.
I bought this on an impulse -- without any knowledge of the author. My expectation to enjoy a compendium of submissions by Steve Jobs was undermined by the author's agenda. Boo. Read more
Published on December 4, 2011 by David M.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Innovative Story
Letters to Steve: Inside the E-mail Inbox of Apple's Steve Jobs

I don't own a Kindle or an iPad so I downloaded the free Kindle app to my iPhone and for three bucks I... Read more
Published on November 25, 2011 by iReader
5.0 out of 5 stars 1st Kindle book
This is the 1st Kindle book I bought. Nice! I also expect its paperback or hardcover edition in the near future.
Published on November 23, 2011 by Jacky
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