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Apple Computer Reading List
Books covering the history of Apple Computer, Inc.

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24 Nov. 2011

added book - The Computer Entrepreneurs (1984)

19 Oct. 2011

update - added a comment by one of the designers of So Far: The First Ten Years of a Vision (1987)

5 Oct. 2011

added history link - Steve Jobs, Apple Visionary, Dies at 56

3 Oct. 2011

added history link - Inside the mind of the man who fired Steve Jobs

11 Sept. 2011

added book - Return to the Little Kingdom: Steve Jobs and the Creation of Apple (2009)

8 Sept. 2011

added book link - added link to author Doug Garr's home page for Woz: Prodigal Son of Silicon Valley (1984)
update - fixed link to Ray Borrill's Data Domain for Fire in the Valley (1984)

update - added link to 25-year retrospective by author Steven Levy for Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution (1984)
update - added link to Susan Lammers' website for Programmers at Work (1986)

6 Sept. 2011

added book - Adventures of an Apple Founder by Ron Wayne (2011)
added book - Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (2011)

4 Aug. 2011

added history link - John Sculley Playboy Interview (1987)
added history link - Apple's Longest Serving Employee (Chris Espinosa)
added history link - Homebrew and How the Apple Came to Be by Steve Wozniak

7 Nov. 2010

added history link - Game Changers: Steve Job (thanks to Dean Nichols for the link)

25 Oct. 2010

added history link - Early Apple Business Documents
added history link - MacPaint Oral History: Bill Atkinson and Andy Hertzfeld

24 Oct. 2010

added history link - John Sculley: The Secret of Steve Jobs' Success

21 Dec. 2008

update - added online book link, several review links and author page link for Founders at Work (2008)
update - added book review link for Woz: The Prodigal Son of Silicon Valley (1984)
update - added book review I wrote for Digital Deli (1984)

20 Dec. 2008

added book - Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days by Jessica Livingston (2008)
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- added book excerpt, author interview and several review links for Inside Steve's Brain (2008)
update - added several review links for The Perfect Thing (2006)

19 April 2008

added book - Inside Steve's Brain by Leander Kahney (2008)
added book - The Apple Way by Jeffrey Cruikshank (2005)

19 Mar. 2008

added book interview link - added link to extensive interview with Gina Smith, co-author with Steve Wozniak of iWoz (2006)

14 Jan. 2008

added book - The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness by Steven Levy (2007)
added history link
- Apple: The First 30 Years
added history link - Thirty Pivotal Moments in Apple's History
added history link - John Sculley Audio Interview
update - added book review link for Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple (1987)
update- fixed many broken links

15 April 2006

added interview - added interview with Wozniak that talks a bit about his upcoming book I, Woz.

14 April 2006

added book - Stephen Wozniak and the Story of Apple Computer (Unlocking the Secrets of Science) by John Riddle and Jim Whiting (2005)
added book
- I, Woz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way by Steve Wozniak and Gina Smith (2006)

3 June 2005

update - added review link for iCon Steve Jobs (2005)

30 May 2005

added history link - Apple Computer: The Early Days, A Personal Perspective

10 May 2005

added history link - Macintosh Prehistory: The Apple I and Apple II Era

26 April 2005

added book - iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business (2005).

2 Jan. 2005

added book - Steve Jobs: Computer Genius of Apple (2003)
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- added review and author page links for West of Eden (1989)
update - added about the author and author page links for The Macintosh Way (1989)

30 Dec. 2004

update - added three review links for Revolution in the Valley (2004)
update - removed non-working review link and added new review link for The Second Coming of Steve Jobs (2000)

29 Dec. 2004

added book - Revolution in the Valley by Andy Hertzfeld (2004)
removed history link - Archaic Apples (site turned into a merchandsing operation; this is a shame, as it was a great history trove)

7 Sept. 2004

added history link - The Steve Jobs Way

18 Aug. 2004

added book link - Link to Apple Confidential 2.0 web site (provided by Thomas Weisbach)

28 June 2004

added history link - History of Apple's Operating Systems

26 June 2004

added book - Apple Confidential 2.0 by Owen Linzmayer (2004)

1 Feb. 2004

added history link - Apple and Sun: the merger that wasn't (covers Apple's troubles in 1996)

25 Nov. 2003

update - added link to complete online version of Digital Deli (1984)

26 Oct. 2003

added history link - Apple Computer History Weblog

27 Sept. 2003

added history link - A Brief History of Apple by Mike Scott, the first president of Apple.

22 Sept. 2003

added history link - The Failure Interview with Steve Wozniak.
update - added author interview link for the book Infinite Loop (1999)

16 Sept. 2003

added book - Inventors At Work (1988). Contains a great 20 page interview with the Woz. Thanks to Mike Ching for suggesting this book.

9 Aug. 2003

update - The Apple II community is alive and well! Added a link to A2Central on the home page. Visit A2Central for Apple II news and more.

8 Aug. 2003

update - continuing to add larger book cover images. Click on a book cover to see the larger image.

9 June 2003

update - added a recent photo of the famous Apple garage. You can find it in the description for the Apple Garage history link.

5 June 2003

added history link - A Conversation with Steve Wozniak

3 May 2003

added history link - Apple II Tree (lots of great pictures)
update - added review link for Hackers (1984)
update - added link to Ray Borrill's Data Domain page under the Fire in the Valley description (1984)
update - started adding larger book cover images to the 1980s listings. Just click on a book cover to see the larger image.
update - added 2nd cover scan for Programmers At Work (1986)

10 Apr. 2003

added history link - An Evening with Steve Wozniak
added history link - Implementing VisiCalc

16 Feb. 2003

added history link - Daniel Kottke's Amazing Apple Relics

19 Dec. 2002

added book - Steve Jobs: Wizard of Apple Computer by Suzan Wilson (2001)
added history link - Steve Jobs' Resume

removed history link - Steve Jobs Helipad (no longer maintained)
update - added 3rd review link for Steve Jobs and the NeXT Big Thing (1993)
update - added 2nd book excerpt link for Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer That Changed Everything by Steven Levy (1995)

10 Nov. 2002

added history link - Wikipedia: Apple Computer

27 Jun. 2002

added history link - Original Mac Engineers Reunion (with Wozniak fireside chat)

26 Jun. 2002

added history link - Secret Guide to Computers: Apple

25 Jun. 2002

added history link - An American Icon Reboots (covering Apple's 1996 turnaround).

11 Feb. 2002

update - added book review link for Stan Veit's History of the Personal Computer (1993)

27 Aug. 2001

update - added a link to a complete online version of Susan Lammer's Programmers At Work (1986)

27 Jul. 2001

added history link - Apple I Owner's Club
added history link
- Apple Interviews
added history link
- Archaic Apple
added history link - Genesis and History of the Macintosh Project
added history link - Interview with Susan Kare

22 May 2001

update - changed the 'search for used copy' link for each book to point to abebooks instead of bibliofind, which was recently acquired by Amazon.
update - added cover scan for Steve Jobs (Real-Life Reader Biography) (2000)
added book - Steve Jobs: Thinks Different by Ann Brashares (2001)

10 Feb. 2001

update - added book excerpt for Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer That Changed Everything by Steven Levy (1995)
added history link - Mac System History
added history link - Microsoft, Apple and Xerox: The History of the Graphical User Interface

9 Feb. 2001

update - added a fourth book review link for Gil Amelio's On the Firing Line (1998)
added history link - Making the Macintosh: Culture & Technology in Silicon Valley

16 Dec. 2000

added history link - The Rise and Fall of Apple Computer (1996 Rolling Stone article)
added history link - Steve Jobs: The Rolling Stone Interview (1994)

14 Dec. 2000

update - added cover scan for paperback edition of Odyssey (1987)
update - a new edition of Martha Kendall's Steve Wozniak: Inventor of the Apple Computer is out. See the 1994 listing for info.
update - added link to author's page for Steve Wozniak: Inventor of the Apple Computer (1994)
update - added large book excerpt from Apple by Jim Carlton (1997)
added history link - 101 Ways To Save Apple
added history link - They Coulda Been a Contender
added history link - Steve Wozniak Unbound (an interview)

11 Oct. 2000

update - added book excerpt, author interview and link to author's home page for The Second Coming of Steve Jobs by Alan Deutschman (2000) (provided by Thomas Weisbach)

10 Oct. 2000

added history link - Birth of an Industry: 1976-77

9 Oct. 2000

added book - The Second Coming of Steve Jobs by Alan Deutschman (2000)
added book - Steve Jobs (Real-Life Reader Biography) by Ann Gaines (2000)
added history link - RealAudio interview with John Sculley from 1999 (see Power Players on History Links page)

8 Apr. 2000

update - added book review link for updated edition of Fire in the Valley (1984)
update - added "Search for a used copy" links to several of the newer books

12 Feb. 2000

update - added cover scan of Fire in the Valley, original edition (1984)
update - split the 1980s and 1990s sections into multiple pages to increase loading speed

15 Jan. 2000

update - entire site moved to new home at www.landsnail.com/apple

03 Jan. 2000

update - added cover scan of Silicon Valley Fever (1984)

06 Nov. 1999

update - added cover scan and fixed links to Fire in the Valley (1984). Provided link to promotion site for new edition

19 Oct. 1999

added history link - Through It All: Thick and Thin, How Apple Computer Struggled Through Time

18 Oct. 1999

added history link - An Interview with Steve Wozniak
added history link - Apple's Co-founder Wozniak Speaks
added history link
- Apple Icon Remembers Past, Looks to Future
added history link - How Mac Changed the World
added history link - Revolutionaries: an Interview with Steve Wozniak
added history link - Steve's Job: Restart Apple
added history link - Steve's Two Jobs
added history link - Steve Wozniak: One-on-one (video interview)
added history link - Susan Kare: User Interface Graphic Design
added history link - The iMac's Ancestors

3 Oct. 1999 update - added release date and information about the second edition of Fire in the Valley (1984)
update - changed base font of site to make text more readable (hopefully)
22 Sept. 1999 added book cover image - hardcover edition of Accidental Empires (1992)
20 Sept. 1999 update - added another book review link for Steve Jobs and the NeXT Big Thing (1993)
update - added book review link for Defying Gravity: The Making of Newton (1993)
16 Sept. 1999 update - added book review link for Steve Jobs and the Next Big Thing (1993)
update - added email address for Randall Stross, author of Steve Jobs and the Next Big Thing (1993)
20 Aug. 1999

added history link - Steve Wozniak, Still Fathering the Computer Revolution
update - added a date to the top of the History Links page to tell you when I last verified all links

4 July 1999 added book - Steve Wozniak: A Wizard Called Woz by Rebecca Gold (1994)
24 June 1999 added book - The Macintosh Reader by Doug Clapp (1992)
8 June 1999

added history link - The Steve Jobs Helipad
added history link - Power Players: John Sculley Interview
added history link - Brilliant Careers: Machine Dreams (Steve Jobs)

27 May 1999 update - added a link to an interview with Owen Linzmayer, author of Apple Confidential (1999) and The Mac Bathroom Reader (1994)
21 May 1999 update - added page count for Apple World: Core and Periphery... (1994)
20 May 1999

update - added info and cover scan for the softcover edition of Steve Jobs: The Journey Is the Reward (1988)
update - added link to book review for AppleDesign (1997)
update - added another book review link for Apple: The Inside Story of Intrigue, Egomania, and Business Blunders (1997)
added history link - Apple: From Roots to Rehab
added history link - The Apple Story
added history link - Steve Jobs Biography (in French)
added history link - Steve Paul Jobs
added history link - Where Are They Now?

6 May 1999
update - the upcoming movie Pirates of Silicon Valley has now been pushed back to June 20. See the entry under Fire in the Valley (1984)
added history link - Apple Computer, Inc.: A History
added history link - Apple's Garage
added history link - Fall of an American Icon
added history link - Steve Jobs: Can He Do It Again
added history link - Steve Jobs: The Next Insanely Great Thing
added history link - Steve Jobs Timeline
added history link - The World According to Woz
5 May 1999
update - complete design overhaul of the entire site
28 Apr. 1999
update - added links to three more reviews of Apple: The Inside Story of Intrigue, Egomania, and Business Blunders by Jim Carlton (1997)
update - added link to book excerpt for Infinite Loop (1999)
update - added link to book excerpt for Apple Confidential (1999)
update - added link to book excerpt for On the Firing Line (1998)
22 Apr. 1999
update - added link to an online review of Infinite Loop (1999) (info provided by Thomas Weisbach)
3 Apr. 1999

update - added new cover image for Apple Confidential (1999)
update - added link to the upcoming movie Pirates of Silicon Valley under the book entry for Fire in the Valley (1984)

23 Mar. 1999
added book - History of the Personal Computer by Stan Veit (1993). Features a great chapter called The Early Days of Apple Computer
19 Mar. 1999

added history link - Apple I Operations Manual, in all its glory
added history link - Apple III FAQ
update - reorganized the link page into mostly alphabetical order, with separate sections on Wozniak and Jobs

7 Mar. 1999
added history link - Mac At 15: A Birthday Celebration, a 17-part history series beginning with the birth of the Macintosh
2 Mar. 1999
update - added brief summary for Apple Confidential (1999)
added history link - Power GS Woz Interview, a great 1995 interview
added history link - Steve Wozniak: Hacker & Humanitarian
update - fixed link to Steve Wozniak's home page and redid the link summary
Includes two articles: Wizard of Woz (1994) and How We Failed Apple (1996)
18 Feb. 1999
update - Infinite Loop (1999) is now available. Added a brief summary
7 Feb. 1999
added history link - Owen Linzmayer's Apple History column in the ezine Apple Wizards
29 Jan. 1999
added book - Programmers At Work by Susan Lammers (1986). Interviews with Jef Raskin (creator of the Macintosh project) and Andy Hertzfeld (primary programmer of the Mac operating system)
added history link - two more links: 1) Canon's Cat Computer: The Real Macintosh, and 2)The Apple Lisa Computer: a Retrospective
26 Jan. 1999
added history link - Apple Trivia (test your knowledge!)
13 Jan. 1999
added book - The Third Apple: Personal Computers and the Cultural Revolution by Jean-Louis Gassée (1987) (cover & info provided by Thomas Weisbach)
12 Jan. 1999
added history link - two more links: 1) The Evolution of Apple, and 2) Jef Raskin's and Bruce Horn's comments on the early history of the Macintosh (provided by Chris Tarnowieck)
7 Jan. 1999
added history link - Apple II History FAQ
added history link - 6 more links
update - added link to chapters 1 and 2 of Hackers (1984)
6 Jan. 1999
update - a new edition of Fire in the Valley (1984) will be released in May, 1999 to coincide with the release of the TNT movie Pirates of Silicon Valley
update - added author link for Robert X. Cringely, author of Accidental Empires (1993)
update - added cover and info on the 1998 softcover edition of Apple: The Inside Story of Intrigue, Egomania, and Business Blunders by Jim Carlton (1997)
update - added page count to Apple (Vgm Business Portraits Series) (1998)
update - added Amazon link to Apple Confidential (1999)
4 Jan. 1999
update - to help you find used copies of books, I've begun adding a customized search link from each book to Bibliofind. Hundreds of used book shops list their books with Bibliofind and it should help you easily locate out of print books (if anyone has a copy in stock).
8 Dec. 1998
added book - Steven Jobs: Computer Genius (1993)
2 Dec. 1998
update - added ISBN for Apple Confidential (1999)
29 Nov. 1998
update - rewrote summary of Digital Deli (1984)
update - added page count for Steve Jobs & the Next Big Thing (1993)
update - fixed a broken history link
25 Nov. 1998
added new book - Apple Confidential (1999)
update - Infinite Loop now delayed until March, 1999
update - redid scans of So Far (1987)
4 Nov. 1998
added history link - Gil Amelio interview
28 Oct. 1998
added book - Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines (1993) plus link to online version
27 Oct. 1998
added cover scan - Digital Deli (1984)