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BISAC: Critique

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1lunaphiles
Sep 17, 2010, 3:58pm Top

BISAC - Book Industry Study group Classification

ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES
ARCHITECTURE
ART
BIBLES
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
COMPUTERS
COOKING
CRAFTS & HOBBIES
DESIGN
DRAMA
EDUCATION
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
FICTION
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY
GAMES
GARDENING
HEALTH & FITNESS
HISTORY
HOUSE & HOME
HUMOR
JUVENILE FICTION
JUVENILE NONFICTION
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
LAW
LITERARY COLLECTIONS
LITERARY CRITICISM
MATHEMATICS
MEDICAL
MUSIC
NATURE
PERFORMING ARTS
PETS
PHILOSOPHY
PHOTOGRAPHY
POETRY
POLITICAL SCIENCE
PSYCHOLOGY
REFERENCE
RELIGION
SCIENCE
SELF-HELP
SOCIAL SCIENCE
SPORTS & RECREATION
STUDY AIDS
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING
TRANSPORTATION
TRAVEL
TRUE CRIME

2lunaphiles
Sep 17, 2010, 4:04pm Top

Too much. This is hardly a classification system. From my expert analysis this is just an alphabetical listing of the contemporary popular genres of subjects. It is not meant to have a hierarchal structure, it is for the continuous evolution of new books coming and going from a bookstore. It is not meant for maintaining the integrity of what we understand as classification.

All it is good for is for having a list of subjects that we can check to make sure our new renditions of classification covers these subjects. As far as classification is concerned it is just a check list.

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