Neil Gaiman on bookshops

I sometimes really wish that all fiction books of all genres for any people over the age of about 12 were simply filed alphabetically by author, because as Patrick Nielsen Hayden once pointed out to me, shelving by genre simply tells people the places in a bookshop that they don’t have to go.

I’d never thought of it like that, but it makes perfect sense. I expect this will now pop into my head every time I walk into a bookshop for the rest of my life.