Steve Jobs book may be Amazon's 2011 top seller

Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:00pm EDT

Oct 24 (Reuters) - The new biography of deceased Apple Inc Chief Executive Steve Jobs may be Amazon.com Inc's top-selling book of 2011, a spokeswoman at the largest Internet retailer said on Monday.

The biography "Steve Jobs," by Walter Isaacson, hit bookstores on Monday but was released earlier than expected on Apple's iBooks online store and Amazon's Kindle late Sunday.

The book is the best-selling book on Amazon.com and is also listed as the top-selling electronic book on the company's Kindle ebook store.

"The way things are trending, it could very likely be our top-selling book of the year," Amazon spokeswoman Brittany Turner said in a statement.

Turner did not say whether ebook versions of the biography are out-selling physical versions.

However, James McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester Research, said that on average 50 percent of best seller books are digital and in some cases that can go as high as 70 percent.

"It's very likely for the next six months this book will outperform the physical version," he said. (Reporting by Alistair Barr and Jennifer Saba; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)