The title page of the publication helps book producers, book stores, libraries and other book industry professionals to create references based on which the books can be unambiguously identified.
The title page refers to both sides of the title page. The title page is a page in the beginning of the publication which must feature at least the following information to identify the publication:
- Title/titles (the title of the publication, e.g., Great Expectations)
- Volume number and volume title, if the publication consists of multiple volumes
- Publishing location/locations
- Year of publication
The reverse side of the title page must indicate:
- Edition. The edition number must be indicated for all but the first edition. Changes to the edition must be stated (revised or expanded edition), e.g., 2nd rev. ed.
- Copyright information
- Names of contributors who are to be credited (e.g., graphic designers, translators, etc.)
- ISBN identifier
- Name and location of the printing house
For an edited work, the editor/s or compilers are announced on the title page as "editors" or similar. A list of authors can be added to the reverse side.
The main title must be typographically or otherwise distinct from any sub-titles.
If the publication is part of a series, the name of the series will be indicated on the title page along with the volume number. The reverse side of the title page must feature the ISSN identifier of the series.
Source: Standard SFS 4414:1993 Kirjojen nimiösivut (Title pages of books)
Example of the title page of a book: