What are BISAC Subject Headings, and how can they help people find your (Sept ) (Sept ) (Sept ) (est. The Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG) is a U.S. trade association for policy, technical It developed BISAC (Book Industry Subject and Category) Subject Headings, which are a mainstay in the industry and required for participation in. There are over BISAC subject headings available, and they are arranged under fifty-one major headings. Only the major headings have.

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Why should you care? Here we will demystify the term and help you use them to your best advantage.

For example, a unique code for New Adult was only added in the past year as a direct result of a boom in the genre and a need for better categorization for online and brick and mortar retailers alike.


Drilling down to the most specific and appropriate subject ensures your title will be placed in the best possible category on retailer bisxc.

Your title could go from ranking 94, under the more general category to 63 in the more specific category. Be as specific as possible. Consider the content of the book.

How might your targeted customers search for the book? Some retailers will accept two, three, or even more codes, but many will only accept the first one listed. Your first Subject Code is your most important! INscribe accepts up to to four. This is only appropriate for books that cannot be classified e. bsac

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This is stongly discouraged by BISG as the general category is implicit within the specific one. The book could be featured in an inappropriate age listing on retailer sites! Be consistent across formats. This includes mass market, audiobook, eBook, etc.


If your publisher or company handles more than one format of a single title, make sure your BISACs are the same in the individual metadata!

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BISG updates the list each year. INscribe will make sure our bulk metadata sheet reflects this change. Book Industry Study Group, Inc.

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