Book Anatomy 101
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Books come in various shapes and sizes, but there’s one thing that binds them together: a well-planned physical structure and layout. If you’re not sure what elements you should include in your work, it helps to know the standard parts of a book and the order in which they typically appear.
Books are generally divided into three sections: the front matter, the body of the book, and the back matter. The second section is pretty self-explanatory—this is your book’s main text—but the rest may require some familiarization.
Flip through our guide above (or read the transcript here) for a detailed explanation and breakdown of the front and back matter of a book. Keep in mind though that not all elements are required; this will just help you make sure that your content is in the right section and appears in the proper sequence.
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