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Book

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Book
Book.png

Type

Manufactured items

Durability

N/A

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 | 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 +
Leather












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 +
Feather












Bookshelf Any Wood Planks +
Book









































Enchantment Table Book +
Diamond +
Obsidian











Enchanting[edit | edit source]

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

Trading[edit | edit source]

Librarian villagers will 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

Enchanter Use a book, obsidian and diamonds to construct an enchantment table Pick up an enchantment table from a crafting table output. Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Silver

Librarian Build some bookshelves to improve your enchantment table Pick up a bookshelf from a crafting table output. Yes Yes Yes Yes 20G Bronze


Advancements[edit | edit source]

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

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Alpha
1.0.11 Books were added. Their only use was for crafting bookshelves, which was used as a purely decorative block.
Beta
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
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Added books.
TU14 1.04 The crafting recipe now requires leather. Before this version, books were crafted with three paper sheets in a single column.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Book” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

See also[edit | edit source]