Written Book

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Written Book
Written Book.png








Yes (16)

First appearance

1.3.1 (12w17a)

Data value

dec: 387 hex: 183 bin: 110000011



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 | edit source]

Writing[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Book and Quill +
Written Book








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", "Copy of Copy", or "Tattered") will stack.

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

As of 1.9[upcoming], one written book signed by Searge will generate inside of a hopper in each end ship. It is titled “Work in Progress”, and reads “We will have something else here soon...”

Usage[edit | edit source]

Written books can be opened by right-clicking, and will display a 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 | edit source]

Two 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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

  • When written books are obtained with commands (without the correct data tag), the label will only show "Written Book" and will have the text "*Invalid book tag*" when opened. The book is signed and cannot be edited without commands.
  • A written book can be edited in 1.8 using tag data tag while in a chest or when a mob is holding.

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Issues[edit | edit source]

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See also[edit | edit source]