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Book Industry Subject Headings

The Book Industry number classification is an alternative to the more well known Dewey Decimal number classification system. Choose a Subject/Category term that most closely describes your publication. If a title truly does not have Subject content, such as a blank book, classify it as: NON-CLASSIFIABLE - (NON000000)

Syntax used for naming is the Subject Heading (all in caps), followed by a space-slash-space, and then the Category (plus any aditional subcategory) area. Example = "SCIENCE / Astronomy". Associated with each classification name is the actual Book Industry classification code, using a syntax of a three letter Subject indicator followed, by a three digit Classification indicator (originally categorically unique), and then a three digit Sub-Classification indicator (typically 000, which originally stood for 'general'). Example = SCI004000.

Like most classifications systems, the Book Industry system has its biases. The group which developed the code is mostly composed of North American publishers and booksellers. Three areas where you particularly see this influence is in a noticable focus on separately categorizing Christian subjects, using a separate classification for Media Tie-Ins, and asigning Juvenile works to a separated duplication of Adult subject areas rather than just as a reading level.


ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES - (ANT)
ARCHITECTURE - (ARC)
ART - (ART)
BIBLES - (BIB)
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY - (BIO)
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT - (OCC)
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS - (BUS)
COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS - (CGN)
COMPUTERS - (COM)
COOKING - (CKB)
CRAFTS & HOBBIES - (CRA)
DESIGN - (DES)
DRAMA - (DRA)
EDUCATION - (EDU)
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS - (FAM)
FICTION - (FIC)
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY - (FOR)
GAMES - (GAM)
GARDENING - (GAR)
HEALTH & FITNESS - (HEA)
HISTORY - (HIS)
HOUSE & HOME - (HOM)
HUMOR - (HUM)
JUVENILE FICTION - (JUV)
JUVENILE NONFICTION - (JNF)
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES - (LAN)
LAW - (LAW)
LITERARY COLLECTIONS - (LCO)
LITERARY CRITICISM - (LIT)
MATHEMATICS - (MAT)
MEDICAL - (MED)
MUSIC - (MUS)
NATURE - (NAT)
PERFORMING ARTS - (PER)
PETS - (PET)
PHILOSOPHY - (PHI)
PHOTOGRAPHY - (PHO)
POETRY - (POE)
POLITICAL SCIENCE - (POL)
PSYCHOLOGY - (PSY)
REFERENCE - (REF)
RELIGION - (REL)
SCIENCE - (SCI)
SELF-HELP - (SEL)
SOCIAL SCIENCE - (SOC)
SPORTS & RECREATION - (SPO)
STUDY AIDS - (STU)
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING - (TEC)
TRANSPORTATION - (TRA)
TRAVEL - (TRV)
TRUE CRIME - (TRU)