BISAC Merchandising Themes (Version 2.7)

Optional themes and topics that can help merchandise a book

The purpose of this field is to provide a list of terms representing frequently requested merchandising themes and topics so that various organizations within the book industry can assemble materials appropriate to that theme or topic.

Merchandising themes can be used in addition to subject codes to denote:

  • An audience to which a work may be of particular appeal.
  • A time of year or event for which a work may be especially appropriate.
  • A frequently requested topic.

Note that this is an optional field, separate from the subject field – although related, subject codes and theme codes should not be placed in the same field.

In addition to grouping together works that can be classified under a variety of subjects, this field can be used to further describe fictional works that have been subject-coded by genre.

* Merchandising Themes marked with an asterisk (*) are new to Version 2.7.


ET010

CULTURAL HERITAGE / African

ET020

CULTURAL HERITAGE / African American

ET022

CULTURAL HERITAGE / Asian / General

ET040

CULTURAL HERITAGE / Asian / Chinese

ET110

CULTURAL HERITAGE / Asian / Japanese

ET130

CULTURAL HERITAGE / Asian / Korean

ET220

CULTURAL HERITAGE / Asian / Vietnamese

ET026

CULTURAL HERITAGE / Australian

ET030

CULTURAL HERITAGE / British

ET034

CULTURAL HERITAGE / Canadian

ET038

CULTURAL HERITAGE / Caribbean

ET050

CULTURAL HERITAGE / French

ET060

CULTURAL HERITAGE / German

ET070

CULTURAL HERITAGE / Hispanic

ET080

CULTURAL HERITAGE / Indian

ET090

CULTURAL HERITAGE / Irish

ET100

CULTURAL HERITAGE / Italian

ET120

CULTURAL HERITAGE / Jewish

ET135

CULTURAL HERITAGE / Middle Eastern

ET140

CULTURAL HERITAGE / Multicultural

ET150

CULTURAL HERITAGE / Native American

ET160

CULTURAL HERITAGE / Polish

ET170

CULTURAL HERITAGE / Portuguese

ET180

CULTURAL HERITAGE / Russian

ET190

CULTURAL HERITAGE / Scandinavian

ET200

CULTURAL HERITAGE / Scottish

ET210

CULTURAL HERITAGE / Spanish

EV010

EVENT / Anniversary

EV020

EVENT / Back to School

EV030

EVENT / Baptism

EV040

EVENT / Bar Mitzvah - Bat Mitzvah

EV050

EVENT / Birthday

EV060

EVENT / Confirmation

EV065

EVENT / Fall

EV070

EVENT / First Communion

EV080

EVENT / Graduation

EV082

EVENT / Home School

EV084

EVENT / Spring

EV086

EVENT / Summer

EV090

EVENT / Summer Vacation Reading

EV095

EVENT / Vacation Bible School

EV100

EVENT / Wedding

EV110

EVENT / Winter

HL005

HOLIDAY / Chinese New Year

HL010

HOLIDAY / Christmas

HL030

HOLIDAY / Earth Day

HL040

HOLIDAY / Easter

HL050

HOLIDAY / Election Day

HL060

HOLIDAY / Father's Day

HL070

HOLIDAY / Halloween

HL080

HOLIDAY / Hanukkah

HL090

HOLIDAY / Independence Day

HL100

HOLIDAY / Kwanzaa

HL110

HOLIDAY / Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

HL120

HOLIDAY / Memorial Day

HL130

HOLIDAY / Mother's Day

HL140

HOLIDAY / Passover

HL150

HOLIDAY / President's Day

HL155

HOLIDAY / Rosh Hashanah

HL160

HOLIDAY / St. Patrick's Day

HL170

HOLIDAY / Thanksgiving

HL180

HOLIDAY / Valentine's Day

HL190

HOLIDAY / Veteran's Day

HL195

HOLIDAY / Yom Kippur

PT010

PUBLISHER TYPE / Academic & University

PT020

PUBLISHER TYPE / Independent

PT030

PUBLISHER TYPE / Self-Published

TP020

TOPICAL / Black History

TP024

TOPICAL / Blank Books, Journals

TP026

TOPICAL / Boy's Interest

TP028

TOPICAL / Christian Interest

TP034

TOPICAL / Coming of Age

TP054

TOPICAL / Gift

TP058

TOPICAL / Girl's Interest

TP060

TOPICAL / Health & Fitness

TP062

TOPICAL / Heroes, Real-Life

TP064

TOPICAL / Inspiration

TP070

TOPICAL / LDS (Mormon) Interest

TP050

TOPICAL / LGBTQ+

TP075

TOPICAL / Own Voices

TP066

TOPICAL / Social Media Personalities

TP086

TOPICAL / Teen

TP088

TOPICAL / Vegan *

TP090

TOPICAL / Women's Interest