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Significance of Introduction Content in a Book

Flipping through the initial pages of a book one discovers that there is printed information which at times makes little or no meaning. Many are the cases where this information in the first few pages of a book is usually ignored. This information, however, contains very important content that should be read. This information in those few first pages of a book is what is referred to as the front matter.

Front matter is usually considered the section that contains all the initial information and is usually the shortest in any given book. Another phrase commonly used instead of front matter is preliminary matter. We can only have the title of the book as the front matter in some scenarios. In other cases, it may contain much more information in addition to the title of the book. In addition to the title of the book, the front matter may include prologue and preamble. The introduction of the book as well as the preface can be contained in the preliminary matter together with a number of title pages.

The type of the publishing used for the book in most cases determines what is contained in the preliminary matter. The front matter used is usually distinct to various printing organizations. Distinct front matter contains distinct printed information in different books.

For instance we have the half title which is a page that only contains the main topic of the book. Other topics and the identification of the author of the book are usually not contained in the half title of the book. We then have the title page or pages in some books. These pages usually include the full topic, any subtitles and the name of the writer.

Depending on the type of the book, these pages may also additionally contain other information. The identification of the printing company together with its address may also be found in the title pages of some books. Copyright details as well as the date of production of the book are also printed on the title pages. These pages may also contain additional information depending on the publisher.

Another section of the front matter of a book is the dedication. This section usually indicates the names of the people that the author chooses to write the book to. Many authors usually find the need to write down a quote in the front matter. This quotation made by the author is usually referred to as the epigraph and is part of the front matter.

The table of contents is also contained in the front matter of a book. The table of contents is found in the middle of the preliminary matter and it can be just a list or of deeper details. The table of contents usually gives a list or further details of the chapters of the book. Individuals mentioned by the author as helping him or her in the authoring of the book are found in the acknowledgements in the front matter.

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