This multiple question is maybe a little bit off-topic, but I do think it is slightly related with the topics covered here.
I am preparing a book to be printed (my PhD Thesis, to be more precise), and I want to be sure about the parts to be included in a book —mainly the front matter.
I've just come upon this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_design, where I can see a table with all the different types of front matter. But I still have some doubts.
Should I leave a blank leaf (two blank pages —is that called a flyleaf?) just before everything, when you open the book?
Can the so-called 'half title' page (a first page with only the title) show not only the title but only the subtitle if it is relevant?
Can the 'half title' page show the author's name?
Should I add a blank leaf (two blank pages) between the 'half title' page and the 'title' page (the page that contains all the relevant information: title, subtitle, author, city, publisher, date, etc.)?
The 'title' page will be followed by the 'legal page' (where copyright, ISBN info and things like that are shown), both belonging to the same leaf (I mean, the 'legal stuff page' will be placed on the verso of the 'title' page). Should I add a blank leaf (two blank pages) just after the 'title-legal' leaf?
And about typography... The typography used in the front cover of the book is the corporate one (the one that follows the corporate visual identity rules of my University and so on), which mainly uses Futura Condensed Bold, Futura Condensed, etc., but the main text of the book is typewritten using Palatino. So... Would it be a right solution using Futura Condensed for the 'half title' page and Palatino for the 'title' page? Other suggestions, please?
I will be glad to learn from you. Thank you!