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
A The arts
See also: HPN “Aesthetics”
AJ Photography and photographs
AJB Individual photographers
AJC Photographs: collections
Note: for collections of old photographs of specific places, use WQP “Places in old photographs”
AJG Photographic equipment and techniques
For digital cameras and photography, use AJG plus UDP “Digital photography: consumer/user guides”
AJR Special kinds of photography
Note: for holography, see AFKV “Electronic, holographic & video art” for art aspects; TTBL “Laser technology & holography” for technical works; WDJ “3-D images & optical illusions” for popular works

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