Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs takes the stage during an Apple iPad 2 event in San Francisco in March. (By Beck Diefenbach/Reuters)

The famously private Apple co-founder and chief executive has authorized biographer Walter Isaacson’s book about him, “iSteve: The Book of Jobs.”

The book, from Simon & Schuster, is due to hit shelves in 2012, the Associated Press reported Sunday.

This is the first time Jobs has given his blessing to a book about his life. Apple has even banned an unauthorized biography, “iCon: Steve Jobs, the Greatest Second Act in History,” from its stores in the past.

There is perhaps no chief executive who is as closely identified with his company as Steve Jobs, who returned to Apple in 1997 after being ousted in 1985.

Jobs has been on medical leave since January, his third since 2003. A survivor of pancreatic cancer who underwent a liver transplant in 2009, Jobs has made it a point to keep the details of his personal life out of the spotlight.

Isaacson is president and chief executive of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research institute and think tank. He is known for his biographies of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, as well as for his stints as the head of CNN and Time.

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