BISAC Subject Headings, 2012 EditionJump to Pricing
The BISAC Subject Headings List, also known as the BISAC Subject Codes List, is used to standardize the electronic transfer of subject information between trading partners.
Click here for more information on the BISG Webcast "The NEW BISAC Subject Headings List: Connecting Books to Readers".
BISAC Subject Headings can determine where books are shelved in a brick and mortar store or the genre(s) under which they can be searched for in an internal database.
BISAC Subject Headings describe the topical content of a book and do not cover non-content-oriented ways of grouping titles (such as "gift books"). Other fields in BISAC communications formats (language, audience, age range, grade range, format/binding/packaging, supplementary format/binding/packaging, merchandising themes) are used to describe a book in ways not covered by the Subject Headings list. Since Merchandising Themes are closely related to Subject Headings, the Themes and codes used in this field are included at the end of the Subject Headings package (along with usage instructions).
Online AccessThe complete BISAC Subject Headings list is available free online for book-by-book look up.
Database AccessFor organizations that would like the versatility and capability of incorporating the BISAC Subject Headings list into their internal systems, BISG offers an End User License, FREE to BISG members. See below.
If you ARE NOT a BISG member, you can obtain an annual End User License by ordering below based on your organization's annual revenue.
End User License Agreement for BISG members.
End User License Agreement for non-members.
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