“Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible”. -Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf is a very popular fiction writer. Her quotes on popular literature and fiction are simply the realties explained so well. For example, consider another quote on women fiction writers given below.
“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction”. Virginia Woolf
This reality could not be explained better than this. It seems that most of the female writers in India and Pakistan have money and their own rooms because Urdu language sees many women fiction writers.
Fortunately, the Urdu literature is seeing many great popular fiction writers. The Urdu popular fiction scene is very hip and happening. However, the Urdu is also not lacking either. Nevertheless, it is not as happening as the popular fiction. Of course, the reason for this is that the audience for the Urdu literature is lesser in number.
One reason that people cannot read the Urdu literature is that the books are too expensive to buy. The common person of Pakistan simply cannot afford to buy the Urdu books. The publishing houses of Pakistan have monopolized the books market and they have caused artificial inflation in the price of the books in Pakistan.
The good news is that the Urdu books and novels can be found in Pakistan absolutely free to read. There are two main ways to find free Urdu books in Pakistan. One is to get the books from libraries and the other is to read them online.
The library scene in Pakistan is very disappointing. There are too few libraries and not accessible to much of the public. Many libraries are exclusive for different groups of people. The examples of these exclusive groups of people are students, government servants, armed forces personnel, and people living in urban posh areas. However if you belong to one of those exclusive groups of people consider yourself lucky! Now you can access a variety of Urdu books free of cost. You can get them issued for days or an entire week to read comfortably.
General people who do not have access to the libraries will have to rely on the online free Urdu novels for reading them. For some people reading a novel online can be a little or too much uncomfortable. Of course, the people who are used to reading books would find it hard. Some people are not comfortable or even familiar with operating the computer at all.
Another thing that is required for reading free Urdu books and novels is the internet connection. The internet connection should be high-speed; otherwise, there will be a lot of nuisance while reading the novel. The broadband internet works fine. When one sees the excellent and exquisite collection of the Urdu novels available on the internet, may be one can overcome the discomfort of reading from the computer screen.