In early 2016, the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) will add 512 new categories to the BISAC Subject Headings List, whose codes guide how books are marketed and found. The most significant changes will improve the ways in which young adult titles can be classified.
Until now, publishers have been using the same codes to describe books that were intended for both juvenile and young adult audiences. Users have had to rely on the grade or age range to determine the book’s intended audience.
By creating a Young Adult Fiction category, BISG has provided publishers with the ability to assign more relevant codes across subcategories, such as Family, Fantasy, LGBT, Magical Realism, Religious, Romance, Science Fiction, and Social Themes. As a result, a YA book once described as Juvenile Fiction/Love & Romance might now be described as Young Adult Fiction/Romance/Contemporary, improving its chances for discovery.