The style and order of the pages that follow before and after the primary material of a book is usually overlooked. However, we must first learn how to do so, which can be difficult and daunting. It will help your book appear professional and respectable if you get it right.
Some pages are required in all books, while others are optional and are determined by the genre and content.
The right-hand page of a book is referred to as ‘recto,’ whereas the left-hand page is referred to as ‘verso.’ The page number on the recto is always odd, whereas the page number on the verso is always even.
Depending on the printing procedure employed, some self-publishers in India may include blank pages at the front and back of the book.
Different Kinds of Pages
- Half-Title Page
Traditionally, this page only displays the title. When space on the cover is restricted, some publishers include a blurb about the author. It’s always on the backside. A half-title page is not found in every book.
- Series Title Page
This page contains a list of all prior works by the author and other novels in the series. These are usually listed in order of when they were created, from the oldest to the newest. This page is typically found on the verso, but it can also be found on the recto after the half-title.
This is an image page that appears on the other side of the title page. It’s always on the backside.
- Title page
The title, subtitle, author(s), and publisher’s name and logo appear on the title page. It’s always on the backside.
- Copyright page
This page includes information on the publisher, a copyright notice, the year of publication, and the ISBN (International Standard Book Number). This page is usually based on a template. It is typically located on the verso of the title page, although in some cases, especially in e-books, it can also be found on the very last page. It’s termed an edition note or colophon if it’s at the rear.
A dedication is written on the recto, and the verso is left blank. It can be placed on blank verso in a conspicuous position for space reasons.
- Foreword or preface
Non-fiction books are more likely to have a foreword or preface. If at all possible, it should be recto.
Someone other than the author writes the foreword, which is a comment about the book. The name of the foreword writer should appear beneath the headline or at the bottom of the page. It begins on the recto.
A preface is a letter from the author to the reader. It could include the author’s motivation for writing the book.
Thank you letters are included in the acknowledgements section for those who assisted the author during the writing process. If the copyright owner specifies, it can also include sources of copyright content. These could alternatively be grouped under the topic “Copyright acknowledgements.” If the acknowledgements are too long, they can be moved to the conclusion of the document.
The chapter titles and page numbers are listed on the contents page. Unless the chapters are named, it is more prevalent in non-fiction texts than fiction. It always begins on the recto side. The phrasing in the contents lists must be identical to that in the main text. The heading should be ‘Contents,’ not ‘Table of Contents.’ All pages following the contents page should be included in the contents.
- List of Tables
Only include a list if the tables are likely to be searched independently of the text, as with images.
- List of abbreviations
If there are a lot of abbreviations, make a list on the verso. List items alphabetically using the acronym rather than the full name.
This is frequently a quote from another source that applies to the entire book. The source is listed just beneath the quotation and should contain the author’s name and the title and publication date of the work.
The primary text begins with the introduction. It explains the book’s content and summarises essential information for the reader to know before diving into the main narrative. The author is not mentioned in the introduction (which should be done in the preface).
Chapters in fiction books usually have merely a number and are not stated in the table of contents. Chapters in non-fiction books may have a title and a number.
This includes any additional information that would have intruded on the primary content but would have clarified it. Tables, reports, and references are examples of these. Appendices is the main heading, with each appendix having its own numbered heading.
- Notes (or endnotes)
These are used in place of footnotes for additional information that would improve the text but isn’t required.
A list of strange or foreign terms, along with their definitions, is organised alphabetically.
- Bibliography or references
All of the books mentioned in the text are listed in a reference list. A bibliography lists all of the references as well as other books related to the topic. The references might be formatted in a variety of ways.
The index is always at the end of the book, and it is usually only found in non-fiction books. It alphabetises all of the themes and terms mentioned in the text. A professional indexer is generally hired to do this.
- About the author
A brief author bio can be found in certain fiction books. A link to the author’s website or social media platforms might also be included. This may appear before the index in non-fiction books.
This is a simple list of all the pages found in a fiction or non-fiction book. Although there are significant differences in house styles, they are all remarkably similar.