Book Industry Standards and Communications, otherwise known as BISAC, is a standardized category and topic system for books. Standardized codes help booksellers, libraries, researchers, and shoppers find books regarding specific subjects. The expansive list of categories is maintained by the Book Industry Study Group (BISG).


Lulu requires the GENERAL category at minimum be selected for all books sold through the Lulu Bookstore. If you intend to use Lulu’s Global Distribution service, we require at minimum one sub-category as well. For example, a BISAC category for a project in Global Distribution could look like this:


FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural


The above example would be appropriate for a mystery novel about a police officer solving a crime.


Per BISG standards, Lulu allows you to apply up to three total BISAC categories to accurately categorize your project.