Now Available: BISAC Subject Headings, 2014 Edition

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November 10, 2014


This article was originally published by BISG.

“BISG’s BISAC Subject Headings List has been updated and replaces the edition published in November 2013. It is available here.

The BISAC Subject Headings List, 2014 Edition package includes Excel, Word, and PDF formats of the full subject headings list, along with a license allowing the codes to be incorporated into internal systems for unlimited use. It remains free to BISG members. Non-members can purchase an annual license for unlimited use, or look up individual titles without charge here.

2014 marks the 20th edition of the BISAC Subject Headings List. This update includes 71 additions; among them, 11 new Fiction headings including a FICTION/Erotica tree and 14 new headings in Literary Criticism. The most extensive changes overall were made in the Travel category.

The BISAC Subject Headings List is vital for book discovery. By providing standardized, accurate, and searchable descriptions, it ensures that books are consistently shelved in the correct sections in physical stores and are included in online searches so that customers can most easily find them. To arrange webcast training for your marketing, editorial, or other staff, with tips on selecting the best BISAC categories and how to use the accompanying Merchandising Themes to denote seaonal themes and other audience groupings, please email

The 2014 BISAC Subject Headings List includes updated BISAC to Thema and BIC to BISAC Mappings, which will be released this winter. Please watch for those announcements.”…

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bisg-logoAbout BISG: The Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG) is the book industry’s leading trade association for standards, education, and information. BISG facilitates the connections and conversations that solve common problems, advance new ideas, and more profitably bring published content to readers. For over 35 years, BISG has provided a forum for all industry professionals to come together and efficiently address issues and concerns to advance the book community. Members include publishers, manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers, retailers, librarians, and others engaged in the business of print and electronic media.

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