The composition of a book

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The structure of a book can described as being composed of the following part.

Components

Front matter

  • Half-title: Usually contains:
    • a picture,
    • the title in fancy letters,
    • and anything you would expect to have in the cover page. This is page 1, and it is a right side page.
  • Empty: This is page 2, and it is a left page. It's the back of the cover page, and usually left blank.
  • Title page: A boring looking but elegant composition with the title (again), the sub-title, the authors, and little else. This is page 3, a right page, and the actual first page of your book.
  • Information (copyright notice, ISBN, etc.). This is page 4, a left side.
  • Dedication if any, else empty. This is page 5, a right side. The idea is that table of contents starts in an even page, as it is not a title.
  • List of figures (can be in the backmatter, too)
  • Preface chapter. There can be more than one. You can present the author(s), your intentions, or whatever information relevant to introduce your book.

Front matter is also a term used to design the definition of metadata in a markup document. See Markup - front matter

Main matter

Main topic, divided in chapters. Optionally, chapters are organized in parts.

Appendix

Some subordinate chapters

Back matter

  • Bibliography
  • Glossary / Index

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