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What Are The Parts Of A Front Matter?

Do you also read books? There is a hardbound and there is also an electronic format usually called portable document format (PDF). A book is composed of different parts including the front matter. Readers usually skip the front matter part of a book.

The pages that are numbered in lower-case Roman numbers of a book are part of the front matter. 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. Following are the subsections of the front matter.

A front matter has this frontispiece which is not always included on books. This is made with decorative illusion that is printed on the side facing the title page.

Title page – is typically where you will see the title of the book and the name of the author. It usually reflects what is on the cover and on the spine.

The copyright page is the part of the front matter which is sometimes called “colophon”. This part can be found on the reverse of the title page and it is where you can find technical information just like the copyrights, typefaces, edition dates, and ISBN. Here you will see the names of the printers and of the publishers.

A front matter has this dedication page which may not be on every book. It is where the names of the author and their inspirations can be found.

Epigraph – this is another optional subsection of a front matter. This has a phrase, excerpt, or quotation from a poem will be put. This can sometimes serve as a preface.

A front matter has this table of contents which serves a great purpose in a book. It is where the readers go to first. 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 can be found before a preface and is not written by the author.

Preface – this is also an optional part of a front matter. This is where the author puts his or her introduction. It is where the introduction of the story can be found and may also include a short story regarding the creation of the book.

Acknowledgement – can be optional to be included in a front matter or can also be a part of the preface. This is where the names of the contributors of the book can be found.

Those were the subsections of a front matter. Now you know that a front matter is also composed of different important subsections. Front the matter should not be disregarded.

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