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Steve Jobs 1955-2011

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We were saddened to hear that Steve Jobs died yesterday. Although we didn’t know him personally, like so many others we feel a sense of loss. And we’re thinking of our friends at Apple at this time.

It’s been touching to see all the tributes this morning and to watch the video of his Stanford commencement speech.

His message that “The only way to do great work is to love what you do” resonates with us. We’re inspired by the meticulous design of Apple products; by the belief that quality counts; that aesthetics and user interface are just as important as functionality; and that technology can be used to delight and inspire. In our own small way we try to integrate this philosophy into our work.

Apple’s products make it easy for people to harness their own creative energy and share ideas. iMovie, iPhoto, the iOS SDK, iTunes, etc. all let you make personally meaningful content and enable you to participate in a creative community. We use Macs and Apple software to create every one of our books and apps. We are grateful to be part of the extended Apple family. Through it, we’ve begun and maintained wonderful relationships with parents, grandparents, children and fellow apps developers.

Thank you Steve Jobs. You’ve enriched our lives. You’ve made work fun. We will honor your memory by creating books and apps that sing, inspire and transform.

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