What are the parts of a book interior

Book Interior Design:
What are the parts of a book interior?

Typical Parts to a Book Interior
(descriptions to follow)

Front of the Book
• Testimonials (optional)
• Title page
• Copyright page / Edition notice
• Table of contents
• Foreword
• Preface
• Acknowledgments
• Introduction
• Dedication
• Prologue

Middle of the book Interior
• Chapters
• Parts / Sections

Back of the book Interior
• Epilogue
• Afterword
• List of figures and tables
• Appendix/Addendum
• Glossary
• Bibliography
• Index

Testimonials Page

This first page can be used for testimonials if the author has more than what will fit on the back cover. This page has also been 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 at or near the front which displays the book title, sub-title and author name, as well as other information about the publisher when desired.

Copyright Page

This page is always on the back side (verso) of the title page and contains the legal copyright statement and any other information that is of contact and protections importance.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents (TOC) can be headed simply “Contents,” depending on the authors preference. This page lists the parts of a book and is organized in the order and page number in which the parts appear. The TOC usually includes the titles or descriptions of the first-level headers, such as chapter titles and subchapter titles.

The table of contents usually appears after the title page, copyright notices, and before any lists of tables or figures, the foreword, and the preface. Parts of the book preceding the table of contents are generally not listed there.


A 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.


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, presentational, instrumental/technical, and conceptual support.


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.

Middle of the book Interior

Chapters / Sections / Parts

This is the bulk of the book and determines how the reader will feel throughout the reading.

The book interior can be divided into Sections/Parts that discuss a broad scope and 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 Interior


The epilogue brings closure to the book. Make a statement that the reader will relate to or have some thought the reader is to have ended up with.


An afterword is found at the end and covers the story of how the book was thought about, or how the idea for the book was developed.

Addendum or Appendix

This is a supplemental addition which corrects statements, presents new information, corrects inconsistencies. These may be inserts or actually bound in pages that are placed at the back of the book.


A glossary is 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.


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.


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.

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