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What You Need to Know About the Front Matter.

You likely have seen some of a book’s front pages and passed over them wondering what their relevance is. You also could be used not reading those pages when reading books. The start pages of a book have a lot of crucial information about any book.

Those pages at the beginning of a book are also known as the front matter. The front matter, also known as prelims or preliminary matter, is mostly the shortest sections of a book. The front matter could be comprised of a single title page, or even a number of title pages with a preface, foreword, and more. The type of publication dictates the content that will be on the front matter in a big way.
Below are examples of front matter.

Half Title.
A half title is a page that only consists of the main title of the publication. 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 include the name of the author as well as any applicable illustrators. 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.

Dedication.
The author writes this front matter part by himself. The dedication part entails the names of people for whom the publication was done. h

An Epigraph.
An epigraph refers to a quotation included by the author. While it might be necessary, it might not be critical for the text.

Content Tables.
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 have details that include each chapter’s or Section’s descriptions.

Erratum.
An Erratum is a correction to a document. these are in many cases added after a publication is done. This is mostly located on the back matter of a book, which is mostly the book’s back page.

A Foreword.
This is an essay’s short piece of writing. It is mainly done by another person, instead of the author. It entails highlighting the author’s relationship and its writer.

The Preface.
This serves as an introduction to the book, and is done by the author.

Acknowledgements.
This is particularly done by an author, and is meant to acknowledge the people who were of benefit to his publication.

The Introduction.
It lists the book’s purposes and goals.

A Prologue.
The prologue serves as a story’s opening. Its role is informing the reader of the story’s details as well as setting.

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