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The business brains behind Google tells The Atlantic about his decidedly low-tech taste in information: "For me, there’s no better place to get accurate, fresh information—well-reported information—than a newspaper." Schmidt reads both the paper and Web editions of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and prefers "paper and ink" books to e-readers.

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Bibliophiles who can't warm up to the idea of curling up with an e-reader or a laptop instead of a bona fide book may be heartened to hear that Google just took a significant step in the direction of making more book titles available on short notice -- in the offline world.

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Although Kindle sales have seemed strong since its debut nearly two years ago, the future of Amazon's e-reader may not be rosy, according to The Atlantic's Kevin Maney, who sums up the "Kindle problem" thusly: "[I]n aiming to provide both a great experience and supreme convenience, it has achieved neither."

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