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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Metadata in publishing is all information about a book: Ebook metadata input is not only important to keep distributors happy, but is a powerful tool to aubject sales. PublishDrive has teamed up with a publishing metadata expert, Zsofia Dedinszky who has kindly agreed to share her extensive knowledge and experience with us.

This article is the third in a series: There are many ways of classifying a book. Most countries have their own traditionally preferred methods, many using separate systems for libraries and stores. But why is classification important headingz all? Everybody understands the importance of knowing where to look for a book in a brick-and-mortar store.

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You either immediately go to the cookbooks in the basement or to the language books on the third floor: It is exactly the same for ebooks. Most ebook stores let you place your book in three categories. If I were you, I would take this seriously. Just as importantly, a badly classified book can be highly disappointing to readers.

If somebody is expecting to read a paranormal subjdct romance but gets a psychological thriller instead, they are understandably unhappy. They might leave a negative review on your otherwise amazing book.


All classification systems work with a relatively small number of broad genres, eg. BISAC is currently the most widely accepted classification system. It was developed by Book Industry Study Group and is updated yearly.

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Select sub-categories until you find the books most similar to your own book. Repeat two more times. Do not use a category and its sub-category: The latter already includes the former.

Be as specific as you can. Spend time getting to know the list and discovering your options.

Do not use non-fiction categories for a fiction book. Go for the one with the least competition.

Check your categories of choice on Amazon to see the the total number of books in that category. Stay with us to read more on selecting the correct category on Amazon. If you book is cross-genre, try to indicate all elements in your classification.

You can most creatively do this for non-fiction books. Displaying a book in very different non-fiction categories biwac better than displaying it in similar non-fiction categories. The first category is the most important: 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.

You have to follow the same steps even if your book is not in English. It is always important to get into the right category, but it has a special importance at Amazon. Subjedt bestseller ranks are calculated per categories, and it is easier to achieve a higher rank if the competition is smaller.


Please note that Amazon has separate bestseller lists for paid and free books. But how to get into the right category on Amazon, especially if you are not going through KDP but an aggregator?

Amazon accepts the first two BISAC codes you set and uses them to determine the most closely matching Amazon categories. Thankfully, these domain specific keywords are public: Select the Amazon store of your choice, then pick your preferred category.

It is important to check the list of Amazon browse categories every few months to see if anything new pops up. How does it work?

BISAC Subject Headings

Previous articles in the series: Selecting the best Amazon category It is always important to get into the right category, but it has a special importance at Amazon. Come back to read more about the secrets of keyword optimisation.

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