# Is there a \lowertitleback for \extratitle?

I am using the koma package to typeset my thesis and was wondering if there is something like "\lowerextratitleback", i.e. the analog of \lowertitleback for the extra title page which can be set using \extratitle, to put text on the backside of the extra titlepage?

Now there is. :-) Note that \extratitleback will only be typeset if \extratitle isn't empty and twoside is enabled. This works for the titlepage as well as for the notitlepage class option. To patch \maketitle (which features an optional argument in KOMA-Script) I used the trick described by Martin Scharrer in this answer.

EDIT: Replaced \extratitleback with \upperextratitleback and \lowerextratitleback. Note that -- corresponding to KOMA-Scripts implementation of \uppertitleback and \lowertitleback -- the arguments of the new commands are typeset in minipages, so the caveats for this environment apply (e.g., a \parindent of 0pt).

\listfiles

\documentclass{scrbook}

\usepackage{etoolbox}

\makeatletter
\newcommand*{\@upperextratitleback}{}%
\newcommand{\upperextratitleback}[1]{\gdef\@upperextratitleback{%
#1%
}}
\newcommand*{\@lowerextratitleback}{}%
\newcommand{\lowerextratitleback}[1]{\gdef\@lowerextratitleback{%
#1%
}}
\newcommand*{\@makeextratitleback}{%
\if@twoside
\noindent
\begin{minipage}[t]{\textwidth}
\@upperextratitleback
\end{minipage}
\par
\vfill
\noindent
\begin{minipage}[b]{\textwidth}
\@lowerextratitleback
\end{minipage}
\next@tpage
\fi
}
\expandafter\patchcmd\csname\string\maketitle\endcsname{%
\cleardoubleemptypage
}{%
\@makeextratitleback
}{}{}
\patchcmd{\@maketitle}{%
\if@twoside\null\next@tpage\fi
}{%
\@makeextratitleback
}{}{}
\makeatother

\extratitle{Extratitle}
\upperextratitleback{Upperextratitleback}
\lowerextratitleback{Lowerextratitleback}
\title{Title}
\author{Author}
\uppertitleback{Uppertitleback}
\lowertitleback{Lowertitleback}

\begin{document}

\maketitle

\end{document}


EDIT: Here's my file list produced by adding \listfiles at the start of the example. Check if you're using the same versions.

 *File List*
scrbook.cls    2011/06/16 v3.09a KOMA-Script document class (book)
scrkbase.sty    2011/06/16 v3.09a KOMA-Script package (KOMA-Script-dependent ba
sics and keyval usage)
scrbase.sty    2011/06/16 v3.09a KOMA-Script package (KOMA-Script-independent
basics and keyval usage)
keyval.sty    1999/03/16 v1.13 key=value parser (DPC)
tocbasic.sty    2011/05/30 v3.09a KOMA-Script package (handling toc-files)
scrsize11pt.clo    2011/06/16 v3.09a KOMA-Script font size class option (11pt)
typearea.sty    2011/06/16 v3.09a KOMA-Script package (type area)
etoolbox.sty    2011/01/03 v2.1 e-TeX tools for LaTeX
etex.sty    1998/03/26 v2.0 eTeX basic definition package (PEB)
***********

• The version before the edit worked fine, but I can't get the updated version to print the Upperextratitleback and Lowerextratitleback text. – fuenfundachtzig Jan 18 '12 at 19:23
• @fuenfundachtzig Does my example work for you? If yes, you must be doing something different in your actual document. – lockstep Jan 18 '12 at 22:08
• No, it's the example that doesn't work. I've tried on two different machines but without success. – fuenfundachtzig Jan 19 '12 at 9:51
• I am using v3.04a of KOMA-Script (3.03 / 3.03b for scrlfile.sty, tocbasic.sty) and v1.8 e-Tex tools. (Ubuntu 11.10). – fuenfundachtzig Jan 19 '12 at 19:30
• @fuenfundachtzig Please upgrade your TeX distribution and try again. – lockstep Jan 19 '12 at 19:45

Since KOMA-Script 3.25, there has been a \frontispiece command that adds a page to the verso of \extratitle. This normally adds content to the top of the page without extra formatting, but one can add it to the foot using the minipage environment from the earlier answer:

\documentclass{scrbook}

\begin{document}

\extratitle{My book}

\frontispiece{%
\begin{minipage}[t]{\textwidth}
Upper extratitle text
\end{minipage}
\vfill
\begin{minipage}[b]{\textwidth}
Lower extratitle text
\end{minipage}
}

\title{My Book}
\subtitle{An Experiment}
\author{Author}
\date{2019}
\publishers{StackExchange}

\uppertitleback{Upper title page text}

\lowertitleback{Lower title page text}

\dedication{To all StackExchangers}

\maketitle

\end{document}


I know this answer is a bit late, but it might help people who, like me, ended up here after a bit of searching.

I'm using KOMA to typeset a book for the first time. It's very impressive but I needed a page on the verso of the halftitle to put the author's 'also bys'. As noted above the command \extratitleback doesn't exist although it probably ought to.

I couldn't get lockstep's example to work either and I'm not smart enough to work out what is going wrong. I'm using TeXworks 0.6.1 under Windows 7.

However, there is a much simpler solution. It's just a question of using \maketitle twice.

(If there isn't a copyright page then insert a \uppertitleback{} before the second \maketitle otherwise there will be another page of also buys.)

\documentclass{scrbook}

\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}

\frontmatter

\title{a short story book}
\author{}
\date{}
\uppertitleback{\centering \rmfamily \scshape also by a n author\\
\medskip
\normalfont A N Other Of My Books\\
A N Other Of My Books\\

}
\maketitle[1]

\title{A Short Story Book}
\author{A. N. Author}
\date{}
\publishers{A N Press}
\dedication{\emph{to the totally wonderful people in my life}}

\maketitle[3]

\mainmatter

\chapter{First Story}

\lipsum[1]

\end{document}

• Wouldn t it be much much much more easy to simply place the stuff yourself instead of fiddling with a layout another human has decided for? I find this so very confusing. – Johannes_B Feb 11 '17 at 14:15
• Thank you for your comment. I take your point. Usually I code from scratch but a colleague recommended KOMA as an aid to productivity and consistency and, by and large, I'm happy with it. The lack of a halftitle verso was the first issue I'd come across and, since it's needed in most books, I thought it was worth sharing the workaround. It's less of a sledgehammer than writing a whole new macro (which is also fiddling with another human's layout). However you are right, it's not that much more effort to do a stand alone halftitle and 'Also By'. – edmundb Feb 12 '17 at 19:50