Google CEO Eric Schmidt Looking for Book Deal

Eric Schmidt

Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt is set to step down from the top job in April and according to Crain’s New York, he’s already looking to find out where his next check is coming from.

Turns out he probably won’t be looking for long as the word is that New York publishers are already bidding on the wonkish business leader’s first book. This news comes from several publishing industry insiders and the auction is expected to close on Tuesday.

Mr. Schmidt, along with Jared Cohen, a 29-year-old former state department whiz and author who is director of the new Google Ideas think tank, will write Empire of the Mind: The Dawn of the Techno-Political Age. This isn’t the first time the two have written together, the pair collaborated on a recent essay in Foreign Affairs titled “The Digital Disruption.”

The newest book project grew out of the essay, which examines the challenges that technology poses to authoritarian regimes. The book proposal was reportedly described by one editor as “wonky and policy oriented,” but also remarkably timely, considering the wave of social media-fueled protests that have been unsettling the Middle East.

Mr. Schmidt will be staying on at Google as executive chairman and has said that he would be focusing on larger issues around technology. He is currently a member of the White House’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Mr. Cohen, whose previous books include Children of Jihad: A Young American’s Travels Among the Youth of the Middle East, has reportedly said that the new book would be addressing such issues as counter-radicalization and the uses of technology in solving global problems.

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