Jeff Salamon is the books editor for the Austin American-Statesman. In this revealing article, he tells a little about what his job is like: a lot of administrative tasks and very little time actually spent doing what you'd imagine a books editor does: reading books.
Salamon also laments that he is a slow reader and that he doesn't often retain what he's read. And he, like most of us, buys (and is sent) more books than he can possibly keep up with. I find that endearing.
Thanks to freelance editor and writer Helen Ginger's Straight from Hel blog for pointing me in the direction of this article.