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
D Literature and literary studies
Do not use “D” on individual books; select appropriate code(s) from Section D below
DB Classical texts
Use DB for all classical Greek and Latin texts, ideally with other D* code indicating literary form
DC Poetry
DD Plays, playscripts
See also: APFD “Film scripts and screenplays”; APDT “TV scripts and screenplays”; APWD “Radio scripts”
DN Prose: non-fiction
DQ Anthologies (non-poetry)
Use for all anthologies except poetry anthologies (see DCQ “Poetry anthologies (various poets)”); use with other code indicating subject or literary form as appropriate
DS Literature: history and criticism
Note: with DS* codes, assign also the appropriate Language qualifier, where possible. For A/AS Level literary study and revision guides, add 4KLR “A/AS Level study and revision guides”

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