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
F Fiction and related items
Do not use “F” on individual books; select appropriate detailed code(s) from Section F; For fiction anthologies, use DQ “Anthologies” with appropriate F* code to indicate genre where appropriate
FZ Fiction-related items
FZC Fiction companions
Class here: companion works to popular fiction such as Da Vinci Code, Lord of the Rings, etc. See DS* codes for literary criticism, literary companions and literary study and revision guides
FZG Graphic novels: history and criticism
See also: AKLC1 "Graphic novel and Manga artwork" for works solely concerned with artistic aspects

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