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Parts of a Book
Transcript of Parts of a Book
ENGL 4914 Body Matter or Text Body Matter Body Matter cont. Body Matter cont. Front Matter cont. Front Matter cont. Front Matter Back Matter Back Matter Cont. Back matter cont. Back Matter or End Matter Appendixes:
Explanations and elaborations that are not essential parts of the text;
Documents, lists, surveys, charts, tables, etc.
A chronological list of events;
If essential, place in front matter immediately before text.
Follow appendix material and precede bibliography;
May be placed at the end of chapter in mutli-author books. Glossary:
Contains foreign words or unfamiliar terms.
Bibliography or reference list:
List of references.
List of Contributors:
Use for work with many authors;
Biographical notes and academic affiliations.
List of words or phrases to help find page in the book;
Usually in two columns. Colophon:
Inscription with facts of production;
Or, in manuscript books, a concluding statement.
An author's or printer's error that is discovered after the book has been printed;
Only should be used in extreme cases;
A way to correct substantial errors. Copyright page:
To protect authors' and publishers' economic interest;
Generally protected for author's lifetime and for fifty years after his/her death. Dedication:
For whom the book is written.
A short sentence or quotation to indicate the main theme or idea.
Table of Contents:
Lists the title and beginning page number of each section of the book.
Table of Illustrations or Tables:
List of illustrations (figures) or tables in book.
Introductory and often laudatory remarks written by someone other than the book's author. Preface:
Author's personal remarks to the reader.
Author's acknowledgments (can occasionally be but in the Preface).
Introduction to the prelims:
A declaration by the author of their viewpoint or an outline of their subject matter.
List of Abbreviations:
May appear in the prelims or in the back matter;
Use only if abbreviations are used frequently.
Publisher's, translator's, or editor's notes:
Their notes on the text. Introduction to the text:
Integral to the subject matter of the book;
Does not introduce contents or acknowledgments;
Beginning of arabic numbers.
Must contain at least two chapters;
Sometimes called Sections.
Normally starts on new page;
Chapter display: chapter number, title, and subtitle.
Chapters with multiple authors:
Give author's name, and/or affiliation, and/or other contributors at the beginning of chapter. Epilogues:
Ending piece (as voice of author or of main narrative) meant to bring closure.
Written by author or another and might deal with the origin of the book.
A brief summary of main arguments of the work to give a sense of completeness. Subheads (subheadings):
Short and meaningful;
Levels (A-level, B-level, C-level, etc.);
Lowest level of subheads.
Ornamental or typographical breaks:
For breaks stronger than a paragraph but not as strong as a subhead;
Can use a set of asterisks, type of ornament, or a blank line to indicate break. Front Matter or Prelims “The front matter introduces your book and sets the visual atmosphere, like bringing flowers to a dinner date” (Lupton 52). Half title:
- Normally consists of only the main title;
- Printed on the leaf preceding the title page.
- May include the title and volume number, general editor, titles of previously published books in the series.
- An illustration facing the title page.
- Full title of the book, subtitle, author's name, name and location of the publisher. Front Matter cont. "The text proper comprises the narrative - including arguments, data, illustrations, and so forth - often divided into chapters" (Chicago Manual of Style, 5) "The back matter presents sources or source notes, and other types of documentation supporting the text but outside its central focus or narrative" (Chicago Manual of Style, 5) Recto:
The right-hand pages of a book;
The reverse side of a single unfolded printed sheet;
Always even-numbered. Introductory Terms Page numbers are also known as folios. Use arabic numbers and lowercase roman numerals.
Drop folio: folio printed at the bottom of the page.
Blind folio: no page number printed on page. Spread: A left- and right-hand page viewed together. Running heads:
The heading at the tops of pages.
Running heads placed at the bottom of the page. Covers and Jackets Paperback covers:
Spine carries author's or editor's name, publisher's name, and title.
Back cover carries description of book, reviews, and/or biographical note on author.
One of two folded sheets of paper appearing at the beginning and end of a book;
Secures the book. Dust jackets:
Coated paper jackets that protect hardcover books;
Has flaps that tuck. Credit lines for cover art:
Appear on back flap of jacket or back of paperback. ISBN and bar code:
All books need to have a ISBN number and price code.