Have you ever read a book? 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. This part is usually skipped by most of the reader.
The pages that are numbered in lower-case Roman numbers of a book are part of the front matter. If you want to know about the author and the publisher, you can go to the front matter. The part of the book with the lowest number of pages is the front matter. 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.
A front matter has this title page which will let you see the name of the author and of the title of the book. 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 is where you will see the technical information such as edition dates, typefaces, copyrights, and ISBN and is usually on the reverse of the title page. 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. Here you will know who are the inspirations of the author for making the book.
Epigraph – this is another optional subsection of a front matter. 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. It is where the readers go to first. It is where the list of chapter headings and their respective page numbers can be found.
Foreword – may also not appear on all front matters. This is not written by the author him or herself and is placed before a preface.
A front matter has this preface that is also optional. The author’s introduction to the story can be found here. 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. If you want to find the names of the contributors, here is where you should go.
These are the parts 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.