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
V Health and personal development
Note: many headings in Section V relate closely to headings in other sections. Use Section V for popularized accounts for general readership; prefer Sections J, K, M, T etc, as appropriate, for serious, specialist and academic works. Do not use “V” on individual books; select appropriate code(s) from Section V below
VS Self-help and personal development
For popular philosophy, use HPX “Popular philosophy”
VSB Personal finance
VSC Advice on careers and achieving success
VSD Law, citizenship and rights for the lay person
VSF Roadcraft, driving and the Highway Code
VSG Consumer advice
See also WJS “Shopping guides”
VSH Housing and property for the individual – buying/selling and legal aspects
VSK Advice on education
VSL Adult literacy guides and handbooks
VSN Adult numeracy guides and handbooks
VSP Popular psychology
VSR Retirement
VSW Living and working abroad
VSZ Green lifestyle and self-sufficiency

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