Front and Endmatter
Does the Frontmatter and Endmatter really matter in eBooks? The answer is yes, but how much of it matters is another question. In eBook publishing there are many options for the author to choose from that are not available in traditional (paper) books: links to twitter or websites, or other books by the same author. According to Suw Charman-Anderson, a social technology consultant, journalist and blogger, these are the things readers want to see:
- Table of Contents
Although people aren’t massively keen on seeing a copyright notice, I think it’s only fair to tell people what they’re getting up front, so I personally think that should be retained. And the title page, which Hellman suggests could be replaced by a ‘start’ page, got a pretty good response despite the fact that it serves no real purpose in an ebook.
Perhaps it’s just that a title page is for many people a key part of the visual language of the book, it’s comforting and expected. That ‘declaration of bookiness’ is still important, so whilst removing it might make logical sense, does it make emotional sense?
- about the author
- other books by the same author
- acknowledgements and other credits
- author’s information/footprint, such as, blog, website, etc
- sample chapters of other books
Interestingly, some of the stuff that an author’s ego might be tempted to include scored very badly, such as the blurb and quotes from reviews, and there was little interest in offers and discounts. I’m surprised by the latter, to be honest. Who doesn’t like a bargain? Book readers, apparently.
After some really vehement reactions about ‘share this’ links on Twitter, I asked specifically for people’s reaction to them. What did they think of them? What I got was, well, interesting and, again, a bit surprising.
Yes, some people said that they appreciated ‘share this’ links, and a lot of people said they were non-plussed by them or ignored them, but others were quite vocal in their objections.
To read more about people responses and full article on this topic visit Suw blog.