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[edit]Written Book
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Written Book
Type

Items

Durability

N/A

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (16)

First appearance

1.3.1 (12w17a)

Data value

dec: 387 hex: 183 bin: 110000011

Name

written_book

Written books are an item created after a book and quill is signed. The icon of the written book is slightly different from the book and quill's icon, showing the same red book, but without the quill, and appears to be enchanted.

Obtaining[edit]

Written books can be obtained from a book and quill by signing it. After it has been signed, it can not be edited again. The label does not say "Written Book", but what the player titles it. It will say the title on the top line of the label, and "by <player>" on the bottom. <player> is the username of the player who signed the book.

Copying[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Written Book +
Book and Quill

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The input written book is not consumed.
The new copies will be "Copy of Original" or "Copy of Copy", depending on whether the input written book is "Original" or "Copy of Original".
Copies of copies cannot be copied.
Copied books of the same generation ("Original", "Copy of Original", or "Copy of Copy") will stack.

Usage[edit]

Written books can be opened by right-clicking, and will display an GUI allowing you to read it or turn the page.

The contents of a book are an extra set of data attached to the item. This means that when a book is destroyed, its contents are lost with it.

Trading[edit]

2 written books can be traded to a librarian villager for 1 emerald as part of their tier 3 trades. The two books must be stacked (and therefore must be identical); despite the trading interface having two slots, the villager will not trade for one book in each slot.

History[edit]

Official release
1.3.1 12w17a Added written books.
12w22a Written books are used in trading.
1.7.2 13w36a Written books can now be cloned the same way maps can, but by using Book and Quills instead of Empty Maps. Multiple copies of the same written book can be cloned by putting more book and quills in the crafting grid.
Written books can also be stacked (up to 16 per stack).
1.8 14w05a Copying written books will now mark them as "Copy of Original" or "Copy of Copy"
The copying status of a book is denoted in a separate line in the tooltip, beneath the author's name
Copies of copies cannot be copied.

Trivia[edit]

  • When written books are obtained with commands, the label will only show "Written Book" and will be blank when opened. The book is signed and cannot be edited.

Gallery[edit]

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Written Book" are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

See also[edit]