Two years ago, we partnered with Steve Weyhrich to bring his hardcover book, Sophistication & Simplicity, to the Juiced.GS online store. Since then, many of you have enjoyed autographed editions of this comprehensive history of the Apple II computer.
Steve’s chronicle spans multiple decades across hundreds of pages, making it the ultimate historical reference. Despite exhaustive footnotes and an index, we appreciate that finding just the right person, place, or moment in time in a hardcopy book can be difficult! And with global shipping now being delayed due to the pandemic, getting your hands on the book in the first place can take longer than desired.
Although the ebook edition does not come with the author’s signature, the autographed hardcover is still available — on sale the week of KansasFest 2020 for $10, after which its new, permanent price will be $15.
Read what others are saying about Sophistication & Simplicity:
“This is a fabulous book. Written by a well-known expert in Apple II history, Sophistication & Simplicity is clear and insightful, full of interesting anecdotes and stories, and on top of everything is a beautifully-presented book. It’s a great addition to my bookshelf.” – Eric Shepherd
“Weyhrich’s book is at its best when he is sharing little known behind-the-scenes stories about the history of the Apple II, its development, success, and decline.” – Steve Sarrica
First published in 2013 by Variant Press, Sophistication & Simplicity: The Life and Times of the Apple II Computer is an updated and revised history of Steve Wozniak and Steve Job’s most famous personal computer. The book’s 47 chapters are updated and revised from Weyhrich’s online history of the Apple II, which he has maintained since 1991. The book includes an entirely new chapter about KansasFest, the annual Apple II convention that has kept the community alive for over 30 years. Hundreds of black-and-white photos and an extensive index contribute to making Weyhrich’s book an exhaustive history of the Apple II.
“Print publications from Nibble to Computist have long told the story of the Apple II,” said Weyhrich. “Collaborating with Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II magazine, to share the printed history of the Apple II was a natural match.”
Each hardcover edition of Sophistication & Simplicity comes signed by the author. Customers also receive a PDF featuring Juiced.GS‘s interviews with the author in May 2003 and March 2013, as well as the magazine’s review of his book in March 2014. As part of our Black Friday–Cyber Monday 2018 sale, you also get one free PDF of your choice from the Juiced.GS Concentrate line!
All this for $20 plus shipping — such a deal! Quantities are limited, so order yours today to receive it in time for the holidays!
Steve Weyhrich has garnered many a mention in Juiced.GS, thanks to his exhaustive work documenting the history of the Apple II, both on his website and in his hardcover book, Sophistication & Simplicity. He’s also earned roughly a half-dozen bylines in our publication, lending his historical insights to reviews of books, chronologies of companies, and the history of programming languages.
One of his many passions and talents that Juiced.GS has not yet acknowledged is Steve’s mastery of Minecraft, the world-building game that’s now available for nearly every modern computer and gaming platform. In this three-dimensional, first-person-perspective sandbox world, gamers can build almost anything they can imagine, from castles to roller coasters to spaceships.
What’s most on Steve’s imagination is the Apple II, as evidenced by the model retrocomputer he built in Minecraft in 2011. Unsatisfied with that work and with six more years of experience under his belt, Steve recently revisited that model and re-created it to be bigger and better than ever.
This model extends beyond the computer, capturing the full environment in which the machine should be appreciated. Steve’s latest creation includes such accessories as a joystick, dot-matrix printer, a floppy-disk notcher — and Juiced.GS.
For being so blocky, it’s not a bad likeness of the original. Thanks, Steve, for translating our magazine to the world of Minecraft!