We’ve all read so many books, that perhaps we feel we are well-acquainted with the many elements that go inside them. But are we, really? Let’s identify and define the interior parts of a book. For clarification, since the majority of us creatives aren't doing text books and other resource type books, I'm going to stream line this and talk about the major relevant areas for us. There are many additional parts of a book - glossaries, appendix, etc.. I recommend that you grab some relevant books in the genre and trade format that you will be working with for more information and examples of what is possible. Please note; if you are self-publishing and will not be doing mass distribution, there is a lot of info that isn't required as well.
What’s Inside a Published Book?
Not all of these elements are in all published books, nor are they always in the order presented here.
Starting inside the front cover, let’s take a tour. . .
These are the blank pages (perhaps with images or textures) you find at the beginning and end of a book. End Papers come in many forms, depending on the type of book and manufacture of the book. Some books, particularly paperbacks, may not have End Papers. You can find more info on end papers on Wikipedia
The book title and the names of the author(s) and the publisher are found here. Additional information appears on the back side of this page: the copyright notice, the ISBN (the International Standard Book Number) and printing numbers, the publisher’s address, the year the book was published, and the Library of Congress Catalogue information.
This optional element allows the author to dedicate the book to someone or something.
A special kind of introduction that offers supportive information relevant to the book, the Foreword is written by someone other than the book’s author.
Written by the book’s author, the Preface contains important information relating to the book topic, but outside of the book’s contents.
All the pages up to this point are called the Front Matter. The page numbering is done in Roman numerals or some other system that differs from the Body pagination.
The author gives the reader more details about the book in this optional section.
The pagination starts here.
Body or Chapters:
This refers to the text of the book, which is usually broken down into chronologically numbered and named elements called Chapters.
All the pages appearing after the body of the book are called the Back Matter; they are usually included in the pagination of the Book Body.
Any additional information for the reader to know after having read the book goes here.
Author Bio or Biography:
A sentence, paragraph or even a page about the author.