The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to books:
Book – set of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of ink, paper, parchment, or other materials, usually fastened together to hinge at one side.
What type of thing is a book?
A book is a medium for a collection of words and/or pictures to represent knowledge, often manifested in bound paper and ink, or in electronic format such as e-books.
Books can be described as all of the following:
Type of publication
Format of literature
Types of books
Physical types of books not to be confused with literary genres or types of literature.
Advance copy – a free promotional copy of a book given by a publisher to booksellers, librarians, journalists, or others, or as a contest or school prize, before the book is printed for mass distribution.
Alphabet book – a book primarily designed for young children representing letters of the alphabet with corresponding words and/or images.
Festschrift – a book honoring a respected person, especially an academic, and presented during his or her lifetime
Flip book – a book with a series of pictures that vary gradually from one page to the next, so that when the pages are turned rapidly, the pictures appear to animate by simulating motion or some other change
Hardcover – a book bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with buckram or other cloth, heavy paper, or occasionally leather) with a sewn spine.
Frontispiece – a decorative illustration on the verso facing the title page
Title page – repeats the title and author as printed on the cover or spine.
Copyright page: – typically verso of title page: shows copyright owner/date, credits, edition/printing, cataloguing details
Table of contents – a list of the chapter headings and nested sub-headings with their respective page numbers
List of figures – often included in technical books, a list of drawings or depictions in the book
List of tables – often included in technical books, a list of data in rows and columns, or possibly in more complex structure.
Dedication – an inscription which is the expression of friendly connection or thanks by the author towards another person.
Acknowledgments – a place in the book where the author gives expression of gratitude for assistance in creating an original work. This may also be placed in Back Matter.
Foreword – a short piece of writing sometimes placed at the beginning of a book and typically written by someone other than the primary author.
Preface – a short introduction to a book written by the work's author. The preface usually describes how the book came into being and may contain thanks or acknowledgments.
Introduction – the beginning section that states the purpose and the goals of the book
Body – the main text or contents of the book, the pages often collected or folded into signatures; the pages are usually numbered sequentially, and often divided into chapters. Chapters may also have titles, and in a few cases an epigraph or prefatory quotation.
Back matter – also known as end matter is the final section of the book it can contain a number of items
Epilogue – a piece of writing at the end of the a book which brings closure to the work.
Afterword – a piece of writing covering the story of how the book came into being
Appendix – supplemental addition to the given work that details information found in the body
Glossary – a set of definitions of words important to the work.
Index – a list of terms and references used in the text often with page numbers to where the terms can be found in the work.
Notes – a list of author comments or citations of a reference work, these may also be found within the main text at the bottom of a page.
Bibliography – a list of the works consulted when writing the body
Colophon – a brief description with production notes relevant to the edition and may include a printer's mark or logotype.