What Is a Cover Page in a Book?

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The cover page of a book is not the same thing as the actual cover. Instead, it is one of the first pages you encounter after you open the book. More commonly called the title page, it covers important information about who wrote and published the book, as well as that used by libraries and bookstores for cataloging purposes.

1 Title Pages

A book might also contain a half-title page, which is the first page you come to after you open it. A half-title page contains only the title of the book -- the rest is blank space. Most books, however, feature a full title page after you open the book. The title and author appear on this page, along with the publisher and sometimes the publishing date. On the back of the title page is listed information for cataloging purposes according to the Library of Congress Guidelines: the ISBN, which is the International Standard Book Number; the copyright notice; the publisher's address and publishing year or years; and the printing numbers. This information is listed at the bottom of the page. The title page is sometimes followed by the dedication page. Occasionally, blank pages appear before the title page.