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Indigo, Chapters, and Coles to open early for Steve Jobs bio

Indigo, Chapters, and Coles stores across Canada will open at 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, to accommodate readers who want to be the first to get their hands on the new Steve Jobs biography, written by Walter Isaacson and published by Simon & Schuster. The 656-page Steve Jobs, which lists for $36.99, will be available in-store for $25.

The reduced in-store price makes the hardcover book comparable to Indigo’s online price of $24.41. Amazon is selling pre-orders for $23.19, and in the U.S., Barnes & Noble is selling the book online for $17.88. Pre-orders for the e-book version are available for the Kindle ($20.72), Nook (U.S. $16.99), and through Apple’s iBookstore ($17.99), but there isn’t a listing for it yet in the Kobo bookstore.

Isaacson is scheduled to appear Sunday night on 60 Minutes, where he’ll play a portion of an audio tape of Jobs talking about his biological father. In this preview clip, Isaacson, who conducted more than 40 interviews with the Apple CEO, discusses Jobs’ refusal to be operated on after he was diagnosed for a second time with cancer. This revelation and others already leaked from the book, such as Jobs’ “intense battle with Google,” may convince a few more people to set their alarms early for Monday morning.

UPDATE: As of Oct. 24, Steve Jobs is now available on Kobo for $17.99.