A well-designed and organized book interior is just as important as a professionally designed book cover. Readers are attracted to visually appealing and familiar designs that look like care was taken in their production. To help you understand the different parts of a books interior design, I’ve listed the typical parts of a book’s interior and description of each.
Front of the Book
- Testimonials (optional):
Usually found on the first page if the author has more than what will fit on the back cover, this page can also be used for advertising space when the author has someone paying to have the book printed.
- Title page:
The title page of a book is the first page near the front of the book which displays the book title, sub-title, and author name. There might be other information about the publisher found on this page as well.
- Copyright page/Edition notice:
This page is usually on the back side of the title page. It contains the legal copyright statement, lists protections, and contact information.
- Table of contents (mostly found in non-fiction & ebooks):
Table of Contents or Contents (TOC) page usually appears after the title page, copyright notices, and before any lists of tables or figures, the foreword, and the preface. The TOC usually includes Sections, Chapter Titles, Sub-Chapter Titles, and page numbers in which the parts appear.
- Foreword (optional & mostly found in non-fiction books):
The foreword is written by someone other than the author and found before the introduction. The foreword will tell of some connection between the writer of the foreword and the story or the writer of the story. Forewords for extended editions usually talk about the differences between the two books.
- Preface (optional & mostly found in non-fiction books):
A preface is an introduction to a book written by the author of the book and can include acknowledgements of the people who helped make the book possible. It will also cover how the book was conceived and why. What the authors story is surrounding the writing. This can be signed, dated and often labeled with where it was finished, town, city, country.
This page is where the author thanks the people who helped them create the book, family, friends, editors and people who inspired them. Some of the types of inclusion might be for support in the following ways: moral, financial, editorial, pre-sentational, instrumental/technical, and conceptual support. It is sometimes found at the end of ebooks.
- Introduction (mostly found in non-fiction books):
The introduction is written by the author and presents the purpose and goals for the content. It can describe, explain, and summarize the subject discussed. It can also introduce certain thoughts that are important but not included in the text that the reader will benefit from knowing before reading the book.
- Dedication (sometimes found in the back of ebooks)
- Prologue (optional)
Middle of the Book’s Interior
This is the bulk of the book and determines how the reader will feel throughout the reading.
- Chapters / Parts / Sections:
The book interior can be divided into Sections/Parts that contain several chapters in each. The Chapter is an individual part that discusses a concept or point to be made within the Section/Part. There is no set length for either of these.
Back of the Book’s Interior
- Epilogue (optional)
- Afterword (optional):
Found at the end of the book, the afterword covers the story of how the book was thought about, or how the idea for the book was developed.
- List of figures and tables (optional)
- Appendix/Addendum (optional):
Placed at the end of the books, this is a supplemental addition which corrects statements, presents new information, and/or corrects inconsistencies.
- Glossary (optional):
A list of terms and explanations of concepts relevant to a certain field of study or action or items that are new to the subject of the book. In fiction this can be how to pronounce words/names or give a definition of
- Bibliography (optional):
Bibliography is a listing of publications related to the statements cited within the book. This is used to present the research and reference material used to compile the books content.
- Index (optional):
An index is a list of words and the page number they are discussed on within the book interior. There is a specific format for this and there are many computer programs and services available to assist in their creation. The most widely known include Cindex, Macrex, and SkyIndex.