What Google's Eric Schmidt Reads

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Our own John Hudson got outgoing Google chief Eric Schmidt to fess up that he reads Stieg Larsson, as well as a selection of the finest magazines, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and TechCrunch. Here's all the sources he mentioned that weren't newspapers:

I check Google News a lot, and I have Google alerts set up for topics I'm especially interested in--like tech generally, or obviously Google.

I have several magazine subscriptions and read The Economist, The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Vanity Fair on a regular basis.

In terms of books, I mostly read non-fiction. I don't use an e-reader--I stick to paper and ink. The most recent non-fiction book I read is Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl. I do sometimes read fiction; like many people out there, I recently read the Millennium series -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and so forth--by Stieg Larsson.

TechCrunch is a good place to get breaking tech news or Silicon Valley rumors, so I check that frequently to see what they're up to. I also read a variety of more specialized websites and blogs, which I usually find through Google search.

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