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Manufactured items




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First appearances

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Data value

dec: 340 hex: 154 bin: 101010100



Books are items crafted from paper and leather.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Bookshelves[edit | edit source]

Three books are dropped when a bookshelf is mined without silk touch or destroyed by an explosion.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Paper +

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Books can be found in 94.6% of stronghold library chests in stacks of 1–3.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Crafting ingredient[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Book and Quill Book +
Ink Sac +

Bookshelf Any Wood Planks +

Enchantment Table Book +
Diamond +

Enchanting[edit | edit source]

Books can be made into enchanted books by enchanting them on enchantment tables.

Trading[edit | edit source]

Librarian villagers will usually buy 8-10 books for an emerald.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo

EnchanterUse a book, obsidian and diamonds to construct an enchantment tablePick up an enchantment table from a crafting table output.YesYesYesYes20GSilver

LibrarianBuild some bookshelves to improve your enchantment tablePick up a bookshelf from a crafting table output.YesYesYesYes20GBronze

Advancements[edit | edit source]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
EnchanterEnchant an item at an Enchanting TableDiamonds!minecraft:story/enchant_item

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

1.0.11 Books were added. Their only use was for crafting bookshelves, which was used as a purely decorative block.
1.8 pre1 Books are found in the new stronghold library chests.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre3 Books are now used to craft enchantment tables.
1.3.1 12w17a The crafting recipe is now shapeless, so books can now be crafted in the player's 2×2 crafting area, although the recipe now requires leather. Before this version, books were crafted with three paper sheets in a single column.
A book can be crafted into a book and quill, which can be used to create written books.
12w21a Librarian villagers now buy 11–12 books for 1 emerald.
12w22a Librarian villagers now sell enchanted books by 5–64 emeralds and 1 book.
1.4.6 12w49a Books can now be enchanted into enchanted books, and then combined together in an anvil with a tool to then enchant it.
1.8 14w02a Librarian villagers now buy 8–10 books for 1 emerald.
1.9 15w43a Average yield of books in stronghold library chests is substantially increased.
1.12 17w13a Included the Knowledge Book, a green-colored book that grants the user a recipe for crafting.
The recipe tab on the crafting table GUI uses a red-colored book.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.0 Added books. They can be used to craft bookshelves.
0.12.1 build 1 The crafting recipe now requires leather. Before this version, books were crafted with three paper sheets in a single column.
Books are now used to craft enchanting tables.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added books.
TU141.04The crafting recipe now requires leather. Before this version, books were crafted with three paper sheets in a single column.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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See also[edit | edit source]

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