Front MatterSimply put, the front matter is everything you would expect to find when you first open the printed book. Here is where you will find vital publication information, such as the title, the author, who published it, the ISBN, and the number the Library of Congress uses to record it. The individual elements of the front matter are:
- The Half-Title: This is merely the title of the book itself.
- Frontispiece: Any artwork used to accompany the title page.
- Title Page: This page contains information about the title, author, and publisher.
- Copyright Page: This page includes information relating to the copyright protecting the work.
- Dedications and acknowledgments;
- The table of contents;
- Forewords and introductions – forewords are written by someone who is not the author, while the author or co-author writing the opening.
The BodyThe body holds the majority of the printed book’s text. For a novel, this would be the story; for a nonfiction book, whatever the narrative is – even nonfiction books can be written to tell a story with the impact and suspense of a typical novel.
End MatterThe end matter is what you would expect to find at the end of the printed book. This material includes:
- The Glossary: Glossaries are where the reader can look up terms, words, and jargon they might not otherwise know.
- The Bibliography: Bibliographies are far more commonly seen in nonfiction books. This section lists all of the sources the author used to collect their research.
- The Index: Indexes aren’t always required, but are tremendous additions to nonfiction books. The index allows the reader to quickly find the most salient points from the book and see which pages they should turn to without needing to flip through the book page by page.