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.
Front matter refers to a book’s first section. The front matter, also known as prelims or preliminary matter, is mostly the shortest sections of a book. The front matter section could be just one title page or have several title pages, a foreword, and a preface. The content on the front matter greatly depends on the publication type.
Below are components in a front matter.
This is a page with only the main publication title. Subtitles and the name of the author are not included here.
Title Page or Pages.
The title page consists of the full title of the work, and all subtitles if there are. 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.
The Book’s Dedication.
The author writes this front matter part by himself. The dedication is all about the list of names that the author published the book for. h
An epigraph refers to a quotation included by the author. While it might be necessary, it might not be critical for the text.
A Table of Contents.
The table of contents is typically located on the front matter’s mid. This can be simply a listing of the components of the book. It also could be detailed to include descriptions of each chapter or section.
An Erratum is a correction to a document. These are mostly added once the first publication is made. This is mostly located on the back matter of a book, which is mostly the book’s back page.
This is a short piece of essay writing. It is mainly done by another person, instead of the author. It entails highlighting the author’s relationship and its writer.
This serves as an introduction to the book, and is done by the author.
This is particularly done by an author, and is meant to acknowledge the people who were of benefit to his publication.
It lists the book’s purposes and goals.
The prologue serves as a story’s opening. A prologue tells the reader about the story and background details.