Writing

What Are the Different Parts of a Book?

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 8, 2021 • 5 min read

When people think of book design, the first thing they’re likely to consider is the book cover. Perhaps they’ll study the back cover or flip through the pages of children’s books to examine the illustrations or read the inserts on the dust jacket. Yet between the front cover and the back cover is a whole world of book design elements. Determining the material to include in the front and back matter of your book is often among the final decisions you’ll make when publishing (or self-publishing) the book.