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
WD Hobbies, quizzes and games
WDH Hobbies
See also: WF “Handicrafts, Decorative Arts and Crafts” and following; for stamp-collecting, use WCG “Stamps, philately”
WDJ 3-D images and optical illusions
WDK Puzzles and quizzes
WDM Indoor games
See also: UDX “Computer games / online games: strategy guides”
WDP Gambling: theories and methods
See also: UDBG “Internet gambling”

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