Creating Front and Back Matter

Creating Front and Back Matter

Front matter comprises the first section of a book, and is usually the smallest section in terms of the number of pages.


Typical front matter sections in open textbooks are:

  • Abstract
  • Acknowledgements
  • Disclaimer
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Licensing Info

The most common types of back matter for open textbooks are:

  • Appendices
  • Bibliography
  • Glossary
  • Version history


To begin, click on Organize Page in the menu bar to go to your Book Organization Page.




Click on the Add Front Matter or Add Back Matter A form will open called Add Front Matter. You will now see the visual editor with a Visual and Text (HTML) tabs.
2 Give your front or back matter a title, and add some content.
3 Along the right-hand side of the visual editor, there are some options. Choose what type of front or back matter it is.
Click on the Create button.



Related User Guides

Here are some other guides that walk you through this same process. Due to there being different instances of Pressbooks, their instructions may vary slightly.



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