One of my Twitter friends just directed me to a wonderful website called Many Books that has, literally, thousands of free e-books in different languages. I strongly encourage you to check it out.
Along the same lines, Amazon offers the Kindle for PC application, and there are a lot of free e-books that can be downloaded from Kindle as well. I just got 3 new books last week, several more today, and often there are past best sellers available.
So, no one can say they cannot afford to read a good book!