Written Book

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[edit]Written Book
Written Book.png
Written Book







Yes (16)

First appearance

1.3.1 (12w17a)

Data value

dec: 387 hex: 183 bin: 110000011



Written books are created after a book and quill is signed. In the inventory, written books have a purple hue (similar to enchanted items) when obtained. After it has been signed, it can not be edited again (unless you use third party programs like NBTedit). The label does not say "Written Book", but what the player titles it, unless the item is spawned in through /give or with an inventory editor. It will say the title on the top line of the label, and "by username" on the bottom. Username is the username of the player who wrote the book, or "Player" if signed while playing offline. 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. 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 (unlike maps).

When written books are obtained with /give or inventory editors, the label will only show "Written Book" and will be blank when opened. The book is signed and cannot be edited.


[edit] Copying

Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Written Book +
Book and Quill

Grid layout Arrow (small).png Written Book2
Written Book Book and Quill

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You can place up to 8 Books with Quill in the crafting table. Copied books are stackable.
As of 1.8, Copying written books will mark them as "Copy of Original" or "Copy of Copy". Copies of copies cannot be copied.

[edit] History

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.

[edit] Trivia

  • It is possible to trade written books for emeralds at a 1:1 ratio. This makes a "publishing business" in Minecraft highly profitable.
  • Written books are frequently used in adventure maps as a "script" of the map, while previously the map maker could only use signs.
  • Books can be renamed with the Anvil.
  • Written books can be edited with the use of an NBT tag.
  • Written books do, in fact, use a separate texture than normal Books.
  • Written books have an enchantment shine, despite not being enchanted.

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