Does it matter whether or not the copyright page is at the front or back of the book? Is there a requirement?
I don't know if it is a requirement, but one normally places the copyright page on the back of the Title Page.
The Title Page is always before the start of the book itself.
If the copyright page is NOT in the front, you might have a hard time arguing that a reasonable person would have seen your assertion of copyright.
If you wish to know what is normal in a book then open some and take a look :-)
I believe they require it be the second page which is on the back of the title page. Title page will be the right page and then copyright page will be on the left.
There is no special requirement (I have seen copyrights placed on the last page of commercially published books), but you will find that the vast majority of books have their copyright page immediately following the title page. In a print book, the title page would be a right-hand page and the copyright page would be on the next left-hand page.
I was thinking it was required. I guess it's more of a suggestion and the way I do mine.
This is what Lulu says needs to happen if you want your print book to go into distribution
Book must have a Copyright page with your correct 13-digit ISBN/EAN and a copyright notice. The Copyright page must come after the Title page. Example: © 2014 Lulu Author. All rights reserved. ISBN 978-1-234-56789-1
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And, as usual, Lulu and distributor requirements trump any decisions the author may make regarding their design of their book. I should add that this "requirement," like a great many others, does not exist in traditional publishing.
I cannot say I have seen any book where the copyright page is at the back, and I have seen 1000000s
Although it's true there's no actual laws to do with layout, 99.99% of publishers still use a traditional one. Lulu no doubt follow that tradition so that no distributor, and perhaps even major outlet, have cause to moan.
It's also very possible that professional publishing houses use layout software which all have the same templates in them have done since it was done on PCs decades ago, following starndard layout that's been used for 100s of years.