January 28, 2022

Now Available: BISAC Subject Headings List, 2014 Edition

Some libraries utilize BISAC and librarians are also members of the BISG Subject Codes Committee.

From the Book Industry Study Group:

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 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.

The BISAC Subject Headings are maintained by BISG’s Subject Codes Committee, chaired for the 10th year by Connie Harbison of Baker & Taylor. Committee members represent major publishers, wholesalers and other data aggregators, libraries and library service providers, and retailers. The Committee makes changes based on a careful evaluation of requests from both publishers and individual BISAC code users, often independent authors.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.