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Good Reads: The world bids farewell to its 'reinventor,' Apple's Steve Jobs (video)

Steve Jobs leaves the world better off than he found it, using technology to simplify everything from office tasks to reading or listening to music.

By Scott BaldaufStaff writer / October 6, 2011

Fresh apples, flowers, and a large poster of Steve Jobs are placed outside an Apple retail store in Beijing on Thursday, in tribute to the Apple co-founder.

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With the passing of Steve Jobs last night, the world’s papers are carrying lengthy obituaries, personal essays by his colleagues, and business stories about Apple’s future now that its founding genius is gone.

Among the best at describing how Steve Jobs changed the world is the New Yorker’s Ken Auletta, who writes that Jobs "was a great, transformative, and historical figure.”

What will stand erect like an indestructible monument are the things Steve Jobs created that changed our lives: The Macintosh; the iTunes store that induced people to pay for music and other content; Pixar, which forever changed animation; the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. These were more than technological feats, but Apple products were beautifully designed, as well. For three decades, even as he got older, Steve Jobs and Apple remained “cool.”

Foreign Policy’s David Kenner reminds us of the Jeff Bezos statement that credits Jobs with “reinventing reading,” creating personal devices that “helped spawn an industry of digitized books and magazines.” If you have purchased an e-reader in the past few years, whether it was an iPad or not, you owe that experience to the vision of Steve Jobs. And if you bought an app to read your favorite newspaper on that e-reader? Well, some of us journalists may one day thank Steve Jobs for creating a new viable business model that saved the news industry.

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