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 www.bic.org.uk.

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
WT Travel and holiday
Note: with WT* codes, assign also the most specific Geographical qualifier available wherever possible
WTD Travel tips and advice: general
WTH Travel and holiday guides
For shopping guides, use WJS “Shopping guides”
WTK Language phrasebooks
WTL Travel writing
WTM Places and peoples: general and pictorial works
WTR Travel maps and atlases
See also: RGS “Geographical maps (specialist)”; GBG “Geographical reference” and following


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