Note: If you need to download and incorporate this list into your databases and. Juvenile Fiction refers to works of children’s fiction intended for children ( ages. Subjects in this section may be used with those in other sections for reference .

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Please enable JavaScript to fully utilize and enjoy our website. Come back to read more about the secrets of keyword optimisation. Do not use non-fiction categories for a fiction book.

Selecting the best Amazon category It is always important to get headingx the right category, but it has a special importance at Amazon. Categories associations book cover book fairs business ebook conversion ebook marketing ebook partnership ebook pricing Ebook production Ebook sales innovation interview metadata publishing industry self-publishing startup Uncategorized writing.

If you book is cross-genre, try to indicate all elements sjbject your classification. Keep in mind that the committee considers three factors when deciding whether or not to add a new BISAC heading: Select sub-categories until you find the books most similar to your own book.

Previous articles in the series: A title cannot have both a Juvenile and an Adult heading, for instance; and the same book cannot have both a Fiction and a Non-Fiction heading.

Check your categories of choice on Amazon to see the headungs total number of books in that category.


Although the cap is arbitrary to a degree, no more than three BISAC headings should be assigned to any single book. Brown, Patrick Browning, L.

BISAC Codes for Getting Into the Right Category on Amazon – PublishDrive

On the flip side, coding a book incorrectly may mean it ends up in a forgotten corner of a bookstore or Website, surrounded by dissimilar titles that would never attract the people who are likely customers for it.

Note that all main subject areas include General as a second-level term. Metadata in publishing is all information about a book: Does the suggested heading describe the content headigs the book and not the audience, format, or language? Assigning BISAC headings correctly can ensure that a title efficiently makes its way through intermediaries such hedings wholesalers and retailers into the hands of happy readers.

Would adding the requested heading require extensive expansion of the list we try to keep the number of headings at around 3,? Select the Amazon store of your choice, then pick your preferred category. Everybody subjech the importance of knowing where to look for a book in a brick-and-mortar store.

Using BISAC Subject Headings – IBPA IndependentIBPA

They might leave a negative review on your otherwise amazing book. After all, the point of applying a BISAC Subject Heading is to help the end user get a specific understanding of what a book is about, and General is hardly specific.

The latest beadings, published in Decemberincludes more than 73 new headings and 55 changes to almost 30 different sections. Most countries have their own traditionally preferred methods, many using separate systems for libraries and stores.


BISAC Subject Headings

It should not be used to describe the author. Jon Wilson Jordan, Lawrence R.

The first category is the most important: Usage notes for the Humor subject area include the following, for example: The latter headinge includes the former.

Check the list of available categories regularly BISAC comes with a yearly update and be ready to re-categorize your book if something more suitable comes up.

How does it work? It was developed by Book Industry Study Group and is updated yearly. This can be useful subect books covering a topic at the broadest level or for books with narrow scope that cannot be better described by one of the other terms within the relevant section.

Janovic, Florence Jassin, Lloyd J. There are many ways of classifying a book. Those who would like to incorporate the BISAC Headings List in their own database system can acquire the right to do so by either joining the Book Industry Study Group or by paying a modest annual license fee.