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
WJ Lifestyle and personal style guides
For dating and singles, use VFVG “Dating, relationships, living together and marriage”; for sex manuals, use VFVC “Sex and sexuality, sex manuals”
WJF Fashion and style guides
WJH Cosmetics, hair and beauty
WJK Interior design, decor and style guides
WJS Shopping guides
See also: VSG ”Consumer guides and advice” for practical advice on products; UDBA “Online shopping and auctions”
WJW Weddings, wedding planners
WJX Parties, etiquette and entertaining

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