14 books Steve Jobs always turned to for inspiration


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Steve Jobs’ lifelong interest in the humanities gave Apple a human touch.
Some of the iconic CEO’s favorite books included Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick,” Shunryu Suzuki’s “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind,” and the poems of Dylan Thomas.
Here are 14 books that inspired Steve Jobs.
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Why did Apple “think different”?

As Steve Jobs said while introducing the iPad, the Mac maker was never just a tech company.

“The reason that Apple is able to create products like the iPad is because we’ve always tried to be at the intersection of technology and the liberal arts,” he said.

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Jobs’ lifelong interest in the humanities gave Apple a human touch.

By combining tech and the liberal arts, Jobs said that Apple was able to “to make extremely advanced products from a technology point of view, but also have them be intuitive, easy-to-use, fun-to-use, so that they really fit the users.”

Jobs arrived at that perspective through a lifetime of reading, as reviewed in Walter Isaacson’s biography and other places. We’ve put together a list of 14 books that most inspired him.

Drake Baer contributed to a previous version of this article.

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Steve Jobs fell in love with ‘King Lear’ by William Shakespeare in his final years of high school.

Jobs really found his literary bent in the last two years of high school.

“I started to listen to music a whole lot,” he told Isaacson, “and I started to read more outside of just science and technology — Shakespeare, Plato. I loved ‘King Lear.'”

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