Book Structure

A book is typically divided into three parts— front matter, body matter, and back matter. Let's look at each one and see how Lacuna Books handles them.

Front matter

The front matter is the first part of your book reserved for title page, ad card (a list of books by the author), copyright, introduction, table of contents, dedication, acknowledgements, and so on. Lacuna Books automatically compiles table of contents for you, and any other front matter materials can be created using the Outline Tool— make sure the front matter sections are marked as Front matter.

frontmatter-section-properties.jpgFigure 4-3 Create a front matter material by assigning a type of Front matter.

Note that all front matter sections are not numbered in the table of contents, and they don't get page numbers in PDF version. Also, take advantage of the Figure tool in the editor and make your front matter interesting. Try having a video clip as your dedication or add a cool ASCII art in preface.


The body matter content is also created in the Outline Tool. Your hierarchical content is translated into chapters and sections— the top level sections are chapters and their children become sections and subsections. The Outline Tool will be discussed in detail in the next section.

Back matter

The back matter typically consists of appendix, bibliography, glossary, and index. Lacuna Books automatically compiles bibliography and a list of figures. Other back matter materials can be created in the Outline Tool by assigning the sections to be Back matter, as illustrated in Figure 4-3. Currently Lacuna Books does not offer a tool for index creation, but it is planned to be added in near future.