A verso is a book’s left-hand page, when the book is open and facing the reader. It is the back side of a folio, or the page that follows a recto. The terms verso and recto are derived from the Latin words for “right” and “left.”
In the world of books, the verso is an important part of a book’s physical structure. The term is used in two ways. First, it can refer to the left-hand page of a spread, as opposed to the right-hand page, which is called the recto. Second, it can refer to the back side of a leaf, or page, as opposed to the front side, which is called the recto.
The verso of a book’s left-hand page is not always used for text. In some cases, it may be left blank, or it may contain only the page number, or other information such as the book’s title, the author’s name, or the copyright information. The verso of a book’s right-hand page, on the other hand, always contains text.
The purpose of the verso is to provide balance and stability to a book. It helps to keep the pages from falling out, and it ensures that the pages are turned correctly. The verso also makes it possible to open a book to any page without having to first find the beginning.
Books are important. They are gateways to new worlds, teachers of empathy and understanding, and beacons of hope in difficult times. But books are not static objects; they are living, breathing things that need to be cared for and nurtured if they are to continue to enrich our lives. That is where Verso comes in.
Verso is an independent publisher specializing in radical books and ideas. We are committed to publishing books that make a difference – books that challenge the status quo, spark debate, and give voice to the voiceless. We believe that books have the power to change the world, and we are proud to be part of that tradition.