# Add unnumbered blank page after cover page, but before title page and book

Right after the cover page [TEMP IMAGE A], I'd like to get a blank page (which would be unnumbered and unaccounted for in the overall page count), then the book's title page [TEMP IMAGE B] (which should be numbered "i"), followed immediately by the TOC (ii), the LOT (iii), and so forth.

Keep in the mind that I've made this book one-sided. I've played around with localizing a double-sided argument to get that blank page after the cover page but failed.

% PREAMBLE %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

\documentclass[oneside,centered,twocolumn]{book}
%\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\special{papersize=215.9mm,279.4mm}
\usepackage[english]{babel}

\usepackage[sc]{mathpazo}

\usepackage{tocloft} % Customization of TOC LOF LOT

\usepackage{eso-pic}
\usepackage{blindtext}

%\usepackage{epigraph}
%\usepackage{caption} % To change the way captions are labelled
\usepackage{pdfpages}
\usepackage{ltablex}
\usepackage{nicefrac} % to write fractions
\usepackage{attrib} % For source of quotations
\usepackage{lettrine} % For NewThought formatting
\usepackage{array} % To define width of columns in long table
\usepackage{booktabs} % Nicer spacing in columns
\usepackage{siunitx} % To write Celsius, etc.
\usepackage{enumitem} % To create item lists
\usepackage[rightmargin=0pt]{quoting}
\usepackage{threeparttablex}
\appto\TPTnoteSettings{\footnotesize}
\usepackage{textcomp} % For Numero symbol
\usepackage{titlesec}

\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{calc}
\usepackage{titling}
\usepackage{fancyhdr}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\setmainfont{TeX Gyre Pagella} % Palatino clone

\usepackage[
citecolor=black,
filecolor=black,
urlcolor=teal

\newlength{\drop}

\begin{document}

\onecolumn
\includepdf{example-image-a}

\begin{titlepage}
\drop=0.1\textheight
\centering
\includegraphics[width=0.7\linewidth]{example-image-b}\\[8ex]
\LARGE{TITLE PAGE OF THE BOOK}
\end{titlepage}
\twocolumn

\cleardoublepage

\frontmatter
{
\renewcommand{\cftdot}{} % Removes dots for Sections and under
\tableofcontents
}
\clearpage

\listoftables
\clearpage

\onecolumn
\thispagestyle{plain} % To not have "List of Tables appear" at the top of the "Preface" page
\section{Preface}
\Blindtext
\clearpage

\thispagestyle{plain} % To not have "List of Tables appear" at the top of the "Preface" page
\section{Introduction}
\Blindtext
\twocolumn

\clearpage

\begin{table}[h!]
\begin{center}
\caption{Table.}
\label{tab:table1}
\begin{tabular}{l|c|r} % <-- Alignments: 1st column left, 2nd middle and 3rd right, with vertical lines in between
\textbf{Value 1} & \textbf{Value 3}\\
A & B \\
\hline
1 & 2 \\
\end{tabular}
\end{center}
\end{table}

\Blinddocument

\end{document}


Well, you have some issues in your code, for example do you load fonspec but use also \usepackage[sc]{mathpazo}. Why do you use \special{papersize=215.9mm,279.4mm} and not package geometry? Do you really need all that called packages? Do only use those of them you exactly know what they are doing ...

\clearpage
~
\thispagestyle{empty}
\clearpage


\clearpage starts a new page and \thispagestyle{empty} makes sure that there are no header and footer printed.

To get rid of the blank page after the title page comment out the two commands \twocolumn and \clearpage after \end{titlepage} ....

Please see the following shortend LaTeX code:

\documentclass[oneside,centered,twocolumn]{book}

%\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\special{papersize=215.9mm,279.4mm}
\usepackage[english]{babel}

%\usepackage[sc]{mathpazo}

\usepackage{tocloft} % Customization of TOC LOF LOT

\usepackage{blindtext}

\usepackage{pdfpages}
\usepackage{titlesec}
\usepackage{titling}
\usepackage{fancyhdr}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\setmainfont{TeX Gyre Pagella} % Palatino clone

\usepackage[
citecolor=black,
filecolor=black,
urlcolor=teal

\newlength{\drop}

\begin{document}

\onecolumn
\includepdf{example-image-a}
\clearpage % <==========================================================
~
\thispagestyle{empty}
\clearpage % <==========================================================
\begin{titlepage}
\drop=0.1\textheight
\centering
\includegraphics[width=0.7\linewidth]{example-image-b}\\[8ex]
\LARGE{TITLE PAGE OF THE BOOK}
\end{titlepage}
%\twocolumn % <===============================================

%\cleardoublepage % <=========================================

\frontmatter
{
\renewcommand{\cftdot}{} % Removes dots for Sections and under
\tableofcontents
}
\clearpage

\listoftables
\clearpage

\onecolumn
\thispagestyle{plain} % To not have "List of Tables appear" at the top of the "Preface" page
\section{Preface}
\Blindtext
\clearpage

\thispagestyle{plain} % To not have "List of Tables appear" at the top of the "Preface" page
\section{Introduction}
\Blindtext
\twocolumn

\clearpage

\begin{table}[h!]
\begin{center}
\caption{Table.}
\label{tab:table1}
\begin{tabular}{l|c|r} % <-- Alignments: 1st column left, 2nd middle and 3rd right, with vertical lines in between
\textbf{Value 1} & \textbf{Value 3}\\
A & B \\
\hline
1 & 2 \\
\end{tabular}
\end{center}
\end{table}

\Blinddocument

\end{document}


and see its result:

and page 3 and 4:

• Thank you. Your solution works ... partially. It does add a blank page after the TEMP IMAGE A, but there's still a blank page numbered "i" right before the TOC. I'd like the TOC to start right after the TITLE PAGE ... and that's what I can't figure out. Sep 14 '19 at 20:57
• As for the code, yes, you are correct, there are weird things with it. But (1) I can't fix them, (2) you only have a portion of the entire code, and (3) the book actually compiles perfectly, as expected, albeit with some minor log errors here and there. Sep 14 '19 at 21:01
• @CyanideBaby to get rid of the blank page after title page just comment out commands \twocolumn and \cleardoublepage after the title page ... see updated answer Sep 14 '19 at 21:24