We live in a golden age where most of us have all we need (the basics) and indeed have access to more to more stuff than we really have time for. Indeed time is the only constant - we only have the same numbers of hours in a day that our ancestors had - though we're living longer and have extended our waking hours longer into the night (thank you electric lights and caffeine!)
It can still be a challenge to schedule time to read something other than blogs, email and web pages. Over the longer term will you really be thanking yourself for spending hours researching whether the Canon G10 is a better option for a travel camera than the Canon 50D (I'm hoping the G10 is the answer - lighter, cheaper - weakness appears to be in low light conditions but hey it's a fantastic performer compared to even the best film camera of 10 years ago). The time spent reading about the bits and pixels will not really add a lot to your life in the long term.
Conversely spending some time reading the 'classics' is likely to be much more rewarding. But how to make the time in your busy schedule?
Enter DailyLit - a service that delivers 'chunks' of good learning via email or RSS. So you can chip away at War and Peace (if you wish) page by page.
They're currently delivering me a Wikipedia tour of Wine - a bit each day I am sure will be more likely to be absorbed than one big deluge. (Oz and James wine adventure on Foxtel is helping too!)
I'm also getting a weekly Italian lesson from the BBC - see Italian Steps - I've not been so diligent in taking it on but at least the weekly email delivery is helping me remember my longer term goal of reinvigorating my conversational Italian.