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
D Literature and literary studies
Do not use “D” on individual books; select appropriate code(s) from Section D below
DN Prose: non-fiction
DNF Literary essays
Note: use only for essays, typically on various subjects, by notable writers. Class essays on a subject, eg philosophy, within the subject. See also: BJ “Diaries, letters and journals”
DNJ Reportage and collected journalism
DNS Speeches
Use for all collections of transcribed speeches; use with other code indicating subject where applicable. See also: HRCP “Christian sermons”


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