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
W Lifestyle, sport and leisure
Note: many headings in Section W relate closely to headings in other sections. Use Section W for popular accounts for general readership; prefer Sections A, K, P, R, T, etc, as appropriate, for serious, specialist and academic works. Do not use “W” on individual books; select appropriate code(s) from Section W below
WB Cookery / food and drink etc
WBA General cookery and recipes
WBB TV / celebrity chef cookbooks
Class here: recipes from famous restaurants
WBC Cooking for one
WBD Budget cookery
WBF Quick and easy cooking
WBH Health and wholefood cookery
WBJ Vegetarian cookery
WBN National and regional cuisine
Note: assign also the appropriate Geographical qualifier
WBQ Cooking for/with children
WBR Cooking for parties
WBS Cooking with specific gadgets
Eg microwave cooking, wok, barbecue
WBT Cookery by ingredient
WBV Cookery dishes and courses
WBW Preserving and freezing
WBX Beverages
WBZ Cigars and smoking
See also: VFL “Giving up smoking”

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