Back Matter

Back matter is the stuff at the end of your book, after the main sections of the book are finished. Pressbooks lets you specify 24 types of back matter, including Miscellaneous.

  • About the Author
  • About the Publisher
  • Acknowledgements
  • Afterword
  • Appendix: Author
    • An appendix provides supplementary material to information found in the main work. They can be numbered and described for easier reference.
  • Author’s Note
  • Back of Book Ad
  • Bibliography
  • Biographical Note
  • Colophon
  • Conclusion
  • Credits
  • Dedication
  • Epilogue
  • Glossary: Author
    • The glossary is a list of keywords or terms used within the book and their definitions. These terms are listed alphabetically. Many authors will highlight key terms when first defined in-text using bold or italics.
  • Index: Publisher
    • This list of keywords and terms is laid out alphabetically and includes the page numbers of where they can be found.
  • Miscellaneous
  • Notes
  • Other Books by Author
  • Permissions
  • Reading Group Guide
  • Resources
  • Sources
  • Suggested Reading: Author
    • A list of additional books, articles, and other readings can be included here for students. If not at the end of each chapter.

Other recommended Back matter types are:

  • Versioning history: Publisher
    • As open textbooks are often digital and available online, there is a certain expectation that minor corrections and updates be made as necessary, even after the book is live and completed.
  • Call for reviews: Author
    • This page can be included if the author is posting the textbook outside of a collection that provides for book reviews. (See Textbook Reviews.)


Textbook Outline



Appendix / appendices Author
Glossary Author
Reference list Author A reference list notes all resources cited within a textbook and lists them alphabetically by the author’s last name.
Bibliography Author Typically, a bibliography refers to all works used as references within a textbook, both cited and read as background in preparation for writing. Note: A bibliography is not used by all style guides.
Suggested readings
Resources Author A list of helpful resources, such as videos and tools, can be added here.
About the author / Bio Publisher This page has author’s biography followed by the biographies of any contributing authors listed in alphabetical order. This description is professional in nature and describes the author’s expertise, experience, and training in the textbook’s subject matter. A photo can be included.
Index Publisher



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