Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $6.98 shipping
+ Free Shipping
iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It Paperback – October 17, 2007
|New from||Used from|
This month's Book With Buzz: "The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers "In a Dark, Dark Wood" and "The Woman in Cabin 10" comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, "The Lying Game." See more
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
“Budding computer-science majors, Apple aficionados and electronics buffs will find plenty to ingest here, as Wozniak recounts the inspirations and thought processes for his designs.”
- J.D. Biersdorfer, New York Times Book Review
“Sincerity and enthusiasm are the hallmarks of this irrepressible memoir, and Wozniak's optimism offers an example to us all.”
- Chris Hartman, Christian Science Monitor
“This memoir truly reflects its author, both in its subject matter and its happy-go-lucky tone…A welcome, fresh perspective for an industry that seems so far removed from its original ideas.”
- Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek
“iWoz is the story about a man filled with curiosity and drive. It's about growing up in Silicon Valley at a watershed time for electronics and computing. And it's about never forgetting what makes a person happy in life and never forgetting one's dreams.”
- Russ Juskalian, USA Today
“At last, Mr. Wozniak gets the stage all to himself [in a] chatty memoir full of surprises.... He reveals a technology pioneer more charming―and whose life is more poignant―than we expected.”
- George Anders, Wall Street Journal
“The mastermind behind Apple tells his story for the first time, from the invention of the first personal computer to the rise of Apple as an industry giant.”
- Book Passage
About the Author
Steve Wozniak has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and has received numerous awards, including the National Medal of Technology and the Heinz Award. He lives in California.
Browse award-winning titles. See more
Top customer reviews
You learn about "the blue machine", "phone phreaking", and some wild ideas like creating a dial-a-joke line.
Steve does clear the air about some common misconceptions about Apple's history. You learn a bit more about the Apple II in Apple's history. You learn that some at Apple have not always been given the credit they deserve. Everything from reminding us that Ron Wayne, Steve Jobs, and Steve Wozniak founded Apple, to Steve Wozniak designing the Apple I and Apple II by himself, to the iMac and iPods being designed by Jony Ive.
You learn about Steve's interests other than engineering. Pulling pranks, flying planes, setting up and funding US Festivals (music festivals) and teaching the 5th grade.
Steve offers advice for anyone who might "see the future". If you are lucky enough to know what the next big thing will be. Steve doesn't see the biggest & greatest ideas coming from a committee or some company. As it was with Steve, he sees someone working tirelessly alone, that will produce the biggest advancements.
It is an awesome and very interesting book. One of the best books I have read in awhile!
I hated the conversational style of writing. I suspect it was done to humanize the story, to make it appear as if the reader was having a face-to-face dialogue with Woz as if friends would talk to each other. That's why I gave it four stars instead of five.
Steve tells how his father explained engineering principles to him in such a way that he understood them completely and absorbed the information. This became the foundation of his passion and interest in engineering.
"The Woz" explains every step in his quest to design a personal computer, since he couldn't afford to buy one. He always kept redesigning this computer on paper, trying to utilize as few chips as possible. In between, we hear about his beloved job at Hewlett-Packard, building a "blue box" (device that makes free long distance phone calls), creating a dial-a-joke service, designing a game for Atari, and inventing the first universal remote. This man is brilliant, and Steve Jobs knew it.
Wozniak discusses the working atmosphere at Apple, his marriages, owning a movie theater, funding the US Music Festival, his love of being a father and becoming a computer teacher at his kids' school.
This is an excellent book told in an honest and informative fashion. In addition, it is the perfect companion to reading the Steve Jobs book.
I'm not a fan of the VERY informal writing style--it's like he's having a conversation with you in person. I'm not sure it works.