You probably have flipped through a book’s first pages and wondered what all the information in them is about. You also could be used not reading those pages when reading books. The fact though is that such front pages contain very important information about the book at hand.
The initial pages of a book with several writings are known as the front matter. The front matter is commonly known as the preliminary matter or prelims, and is in many cases the shortest section of a book. The front matter section could be just one title page or have several title pages, a foreword, and a preface. The type of publication dictates the content that will be on the front matter in a big way.
Below are examples of front matter.
A Half Title.
This is a page with only the main publication title. On this, there is no inclusion of subtitles or the names of authors.
Title Page or Pages.
This is the work’s full title, and it includes subtitles if there are any. Others are the name of the author, and illustrator if applicable. Other components are influenced by the title of the book and are publisher’s name, copyright information, ISBN, number of printings, safety notices and disclaimers among others.
This is a part of the front matter normally written by the author. The dedication part entails the names of people for whom the publication was done. h
The epigraph is a quotation that an author includes. While it might be necessary, it might not be critical for the text.
Table of Contents.
The table of content is in many instances found at the center of the table of contents. This can entail a simple listing of the components of the book. It also can consist of some details describing every chapter or section.
The erratum is a correction to a document. They are in most cases added after the first publication. In many cases, this can be found on the back matter, which is at the back of the book.
This is a short piece of essay writing. This is not dome by an author, but by a different party. Its purpose is explaining the relationship of the author And its writer.
This is a book’s introduction details, and is normally composed by the Author.
This is done by an author, and acknowledges the people who have helped him or her in the publication’s writing.
An introduction plays the role of informing the reader of the purposes of a book and its goals.
This is an opening of the story. It gives the background details as well as the story’s setting.