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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.'”

The tragedy may have provided a cautionary tale to a young Jobs, since it’s the story of an aged monarch going crazy trying to divide up his kingdom.

“‘King Lear’ offers a vivid depiction of what can go wrong if you lose your grip on your empire, a story surely fascinating to any aspiring CEO,” says Daniel Smith, author of “How to Think Like Steve Jobs.”

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The CEO also enjoyed ‘Moby Dick’ by Herman Melville during his adolescence.

Another epic story colored Jobs’ outlook in his adolescence: “Moby Dick,” the deeply American novel by Herman Melville.

Isaacson draws a connection between Captain Ahab, who’s one of the most driven and willful characters in literature, and Jobs.

Ahab, like Jobs, did lots of his learning from direct experience, rather than relying on institutions.

“I prospectively ascribe all the honour and the glory to whaling,” the captain writes early in the story, “for a whale-ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.”

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‘The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas’ drew in Jobs for its popularity and creativity.

But the intellectual flowering that Jobs had in late high school wasn’t confined to hard-charging megalomaniacs — he also discovered a love for verse, particularly Welsh poet …read more

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