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What Composes A Front Matter?

Have you ever read a book? Whether it is a hardbound or in portable document format (PDF), books are composed of different parts. Front matter is one part that composes a book. Readers usually skip the front matter part of a book.

The front matter of a book are the first few pages that you will find numbered in lower-case Roman numbers. It is where you can find some information about the author and the publisher. This is known to have the shortest number of pages in a book. The front matter is composed of the following subsections.

A front matter has this frontispiece which is not always included on books. It faces the title page and is printed with a decorative illusion.

Title page – is typically where you will see the title of the book and the name of the author. The words that will appear is here is the same with what you can see on the cover and the spine.

The copyright page is the part of the front matter which is sometimes called “colophon”. This contains the technical information like edition dates, ISBN, typefaces, and copyrights and this subsection is on the reverse of the title page. You can also see here the names of the publishers and printers.

The dedication page is the part of the front matter that is optional. It is where the names of the author and their inspirations can be found.

A front matter has this epigraph that is also an optional part of a book. Phrase, excerpt or quotation from a poem will be found here. This is also called a preface.

A front matter has this table of contents which serves a great purpose in a book. This is the most in-demand part of the book. Here is the list of the chapter headings with their page numbers.

The foreword is this part of the front matter that may or may not appear on front matters. This is an introduction that is made by a different person and usually can be found before the preface.

A front matter has this preface that is also optional. It can be found here the introduction of the author. It is where the introduction of the story can be found and may also include a short story regarding the creation of the book.

A front matter may also include an acknowledgment. The names of the contributors of the book can be seen here.

Those were the subsections of a front matter. You now know all the parts of front matter and the importance of each. Front the matter should not be disregarded.

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