Using Pressbooks

How to Add Parts, Chapters and Front/Back Matter

Take Note

Do not add content to a Part (text or images) as this will disrupt some of the functionality of your textbook.

 

Transcript of video

Today we’ll be going through how to add, edit, and reorganize content through the use of parts and chapters.

So, let’s start by clarifying some terminology. Chapters are pages or building blocks which contain the content in your book. Parts, on the other hand, are overarching sections which hold those chapters. A book is made up of chapters which are sequentially ordered in parts.

So in our book right now, Front Matter, Main Body, and Back Matter are parts, and Introduction, Chapter 1, and Appendix are chapters within those parts.

Front matter is a special kind of part that typically contains content like introductions, dedications, prefaces, and acknowledgements. And back matter is another special kind of part that typically contains content like appendices and glossaries. Most of the content that you’ll create will be placed in chapters in the main body part, or in any new parts that you create. So let’s take a look at adding content.

We’re going to go into the “Text” panel on the left-hand side of the screen, and we can see that there are different options to add a part, add a new chapter, add new front matter, and add new back matter. So, let’s start by adding a part by clicking on the “Add Part” button. We’ll give this part a name, say, ‘Part 1’, and then we’ll save that part. And now, when we go back to the “Dashboard”, we’ll see that the new part that we just created, Part 1, is directly under the main body section.

So now, let’s add a new chapter. So we’ll go back to the “Text” panel and we’ll click on “Add New Chapter”. And since we already have a Chapter 1 in our book, we’ll call this one ‘Chapter 2’.

Now take note of the Part panel on the right hand side of your screen – you can use this to select where your new chapter will be placed – so we can choose to place it in either Main Body or in Part 1. Note that you can’t place this chapter in the front matter or the back matter – so if you want to create front matter or back matter, you need to explicitly use the “Add New Front Matter” or the “Add New Back Matter” buttons in the Text panel on the left hand side of the screen. So let’s put Chapter 2 inside Part 1. And then publish this chapter.

And then we’ll go back into the “Dashboard”, and we can see that Chapter 2 has been published into Part 1, just like we wanted.

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