Book

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Book
Book.png
Type

Manufactured items

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

First appearances

See History

Data value

dec: 340 hex: 154 bin: 101010100

Name

book

Books are items crafted from paper and leather.

Obtaining[edit]

Bookshelves[edit]

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

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Paper +
Leather


Natural generation[edit]

Books can be found in 89.2% of stronghold library chests in stacks of 1–3, and in 34.5% of shipwreck map chests in stacks of 1–5. In 1.14[upcoming] they can be found in 14.3% of village house chests in stacks of 1.

In Bedrock Edition they can be found in 88.3% of stronghold library chests in stacks of 1–3.

Usage[edit]

Crafting ingredient[edit]

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


Bookshelf Any Planks +
Book

Enchantment Table Book +
Diamond +
Obsidian

Enchanting[edit]

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

Trading[edit]

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

Achievements[edit]

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]

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

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.11 Books were added. Their only use was for crafting bookshelves, which was used as a purely decorative block.
Java Edition Beta
1.8 Pre-release Books are found in the new stronghold library chests.
Java Edition
1.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3 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.
1.13 17w47a Prior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 340.
18w11a Books now generate in shipwreck chests.
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.
Books can now be enchanted into enchanted books, and then combined together in an anvil with a tool to then enchant it.
Pocket Edition
1.0.4 alpha 1.0.4.0 Librarian villagers now buy 8–10 books for 1 emerald.
Bedrock Edition
1.2 beta 1.2.0.2 A book can be crafted into a book and quill, which can be used to create written books.
Bedrock Edition
1.4 beta 1.2.14.2 Books can now be found inside of the map room chest in shipwrecks.
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.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added Book.

Issues[edit]

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See also[edit]