I've fallen way behind on my reading—when I'm writing a book I have trouble finding time to read books—but I always make time for The Economist.

Why? Because the publication (which immodestly calls itself the "authoritative weekly newspaper focusing on international politics and business news and opinion") gives you the world every week.

(My only complaint: The Economist strictly controls access to its site to subscribers only. So while I can tell you about some compelling content, I can't show it to you.)

That said, a recent issue featured these gems:

A special report on managing information. Did you know that in 2005, mankind created 150 exabytes (billion gigabytes) of data? This year, it will create 1,200 exabytes. "The data deluge is already starting to transform business, government, science and everyday life."

An article on how print-on-demand is changing book publishing. "About 6% of books in America are now printed on toner-based or inkjet machines. . . . Over the next five years, this figure will increase to 15%." The article predicts that print-on-demand will increasingly be a factor, in an industry where there are a few blockbusters and many titles that sell modestly.

A piece on how the recession has affected recruitment firms, and how they're preparing for the anticipated upturn in hiring. Firms like Manpower, Monster and Careerbuilder are increasingly becoming more sophisticated, to better match skilled candidates to available positions.

Finally, a report on a study that demonstrates that afternoon naps make people smarter by allowing the brain to process memories.

Which reminds me: It's siesta time.

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