Quote Originally Posted by SR_Seldon View Post
I quite agree with you that genre categories are artificial. However, it is useful when you happen to like a particular kind of story. Categorizing lets you find what you are interested faster. And our book retailers live by genre. Every book must be sorted into its appropriate genre. Those are the two big thing that drive it.

I would agree with subjective, but not go so far as artificial. I started going through the public domain science fiction in Project Gutenberg because so much new stuff that got good reviews didn't appeal to me. I provided three works that treated the science differently but no one admitted to even reading them.

But the book market is not like it was even 20 years ago. The number of works available online, even free is HUGE! We need faster selection methods.