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
B Biography and True Stories
Do not use “B” on individual books; select appropriate code(s) from Section B below
BG Biography: general
Note: with BG* codes, assign also a specific subject code where possible, eg AVGJ “Jazz”, WSJG “Golf”, etc
BGA Autobiography: general
BGB Biography: business and industry
BGF Biography: arts and entertainment
Class here: “celebrity biographies”
BGH Biography: historical, political and military
BGL Biography: literary
BGR Biography: royalty
BGS Biography: sport
BGT Biography: science, technology and medicine
BGX Biography: religious and spiritual

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