BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from

Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
A The arts
See also: HPN “Aesthetics”
AP Film, TV and radio
Note: use AP* codes for performing arts aspects only; for media studies aspects, see JFD* codes; for film, TV and radio industries, see KNT* codes
APB Individual actors and performers
Use with relevant AP* code to indicate whether film, TV or radio or all. See also: ANB “Theatre: individual actors and directors”. See also: BGF “Biography: arts and entertainment”; BGFA “Autobiography: arts and entertainment”
APF Films, cinema
See also: KNTC “Cinema industry”
APT Television
See also: KNTD “Radio and television industry”
APW Radio
See also: KNTD “Radio and television industry”

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