You likely have seen some of a book’s front pages and passed over them wondering what their relevance is. You actually might be used top skipping such pages when reading any book. The fact though is that such front pages contain very important information about the book at hand.
Those pages at the beginning of a book are also 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 section might be as simple as a single title page or even include multiple title pages, a preface, and foreword among others. The content on the front matter greatly depends on the publication type.
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. Everything else is dictated by the book’s title and includes the address and name of publisher, ISBN, copyright information, edition notice, number of printings, warranties, safety notices, and disclaimers.
This is a part of the front matter normally written by the author. It includes the names of the people for whom the publication was done. h
The epigraph is a quotation that an author includes. It is relevant, but not crucial to the text.
Table of Contents.
A table of contents typically appears at the mid of a front matter. This can entail a simple listing of the components of the book. It also can have details that include each chapter’s or Section’s descriptions.
The erratum is a correction to a document. these are in many cases added after a publication is done. This is mostly found on the book’s back, normally known as the front matter.
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 particularly done by an author, and is meant to acknowledge the people who were of benefit to his publication.
The introduction is a section particularly meant to highlight the purposes of the book and its goals.
This is an opening of the story. Its role is informing the reader of the story’s details as well as setting.