What are the 'Parts of a Book'?
The inside of a book, is referred to as the "book block". It is divided into three main sections: front matter, book block text, and back matter. Not all books are required to have all book block sections included.
Four specific book parts are required by Claddagh Ltd. Publishing House for each manuscript submitted:
For more in-depth information on each of these book parts, consult The Chicago Manual of Style.
Half Title Page
The half-title page is the first page of the book. This page contains only the title and the publisher. It does not include the byline or the subtitle (if there one.)
Series Title Page
The series title page displays the name of the series if the book is part of a series. For example: Information Every Woman Should Have: Domestic Violence Handbook, 2nd Edition.
List of Contributors
The list of contributors page displays the names of any contributors who helped write the book.
Please note the following example: A list of contributors with short bios, in an anthology of literary work, often appears in the back matter.
The frontispiece displays an illustration at the beginning of the book.
The title page follows the half-title page and contains the full title and subtitle (if any), the author's name, any editors or translators, and the name and locations of the publisher.
The copyright page follows the title page and contains the copyright notice consisting of the year of publication and the name of copyright owner. The page may also list the publishing history, the ISBN, permissions and acknowledgments, and/or disclaimers. Claddagh Ltd. Publishing House includes a standard copyright page in each of its books.
The dedication page contains any tributes the author wants to pay, and does not usually include the word "dedication" as a heading.
The epigraph page contains a quote or phrase that is significant to your book. The source of the epigraph is printed on the line under the quote or phrase.
Table of Contents
The table of contents page lists all chapters or other divisions (such as poems or short stories).
Please note: Authors should not include page numbers in their table of contents, Page numbers are added by our designers in the production phase.
List of Illustrations
The list of illustrations lists all illustrations included in the book.
List of Tables
The list of tables page lists all tables included in the book.
The foreword contains a statement about a book, usually written by someone other than the author. For example: a medical reference book can have a forward written by a renowned person in the medical profession.
The preface is written by the author and discusses why he or she carried out the work of the book, research methods, and/or acknowledgements.
Acknowledgements include "thanks" to people who helped with the book or credits for citations of illustrations.
List of Abbreviations
Abbreviations used in the text, and their sources.
An editor's method or a discussion of variant texts, the "Editorial Method" is often a necessary book part in scholarly texts.
The chronology details personal and/or historical events relevant to the book.
Book Block Text
The introduction includes material relevant to the text. This is material that
should be read before the rest of the book.
Part Title Page
When text materials can be logically divided into sections larger than chapters, the chapters may be grouped in parts. Each part is normally numbered and given a title. That page is called the part title page.
Chapters or other Divisions
Most works of prose are divided into chapters. Chapter titles should be similar in tone, if not in length. Books may also have other divisions such as poems, short stories or letters.
A brief concluding section, often addressed directly to the reader or audience. An epilogue does not have a chapter number.
Also a brief concluding section. An afterword does not have a chapter number.
More extensive than an epilogue or afterword, a "Conclusion" may or may not be numbered with the chapters.
About the Author(s)
A short biography of the author(s) at the end of the text. It may or may not include a black and white photograph.
Any other data that might help clarify the text for the reader, but is not a critical part of the text.
Notes documenting the text, arranged by chapter.
A glossary includes words and their definitions arranged alphabetically.
Bibliography or References
Both the bibliography and reference parts list the sources for a work, arranged alphabetically by author.
The index is an alphabetically ordered list of words and terms used for referencing the text.