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Book and Quill

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Book and Quill
Book and Quill JE2 BE2.png
Rarity color

Common

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

No

A book and quill is an item used to write written books.

Obtaining[edit]

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Book +
Ink Sac +
Feather


Natural generation[edit]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Bedrock Edition
Book and Quill Buried treasure Chest 1–2 18.9%

Usage[edit]

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Written Book Book and Quill +
Written Book
The input written book is not consumed.
The new copies are "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") stack.

Writing[edit]

By pressing use item or long pressing screen anywhere‌[Bedrock Edition only] while holding a book and quill in their hand, the player can open a text editor GUI.

Using this GUI, the player can write a single book up to 100 pages‌[Java Edition only] or 50‌[Bedrock Edition only] long, with up to 255 characters per page, with line breaks counting as two characters. The player can write up to 12,800 characters inside the entire book. No page may be longer than 14 lines and each line can have a width of 113 pixels (see pixel width of each character here).

The player has the ability to copy and paste into books. However, the paste does not work if the text being pasted is longer than a single page. Most Unicode characters are available in books, and they may be pasted in without issue.

In singleplayer, the world pauses while a book is being edited.‌[Java Edition only]

Lecterns[edit]

One can place a book and quill or a written book on an empty lectern.

The lectern then emits a redstone signal depending on the displayed page in the book. On the last page, the lectern emits a signal strength of 15. This is why lecterns are listed in the "redstone" tab in the creative inventory.

Formatting codes[edit]

Text in a book can be styled using codes starting with the § character (section sign)‌[Bedrock Edition only].

  • § + k creates randomly changing characters.
  • § + l creates bold text.
  • § + o creates italic text.
  • § + 0f (hexadecimal) creates colored text.
  • § + r resets any of the previous styles so text after it appears normally.

If the player uses multiple codes, and continue typing past the end of a line, the next line exhibits only the last formatting code used.

Signing[edit]

Books can be signed by pressing the "Sign" button while in the interface. In Java Edition, when signed, a book bears the name of the player who wrote it and a title chosen upon signing. In Bedrock Edition, the book doesn't get the name of the player, instead, it gets any text the player wants. After it has been signed, it cannot be edited again – it has turned into a written book.

The title of the book can be up to 16 characters long, and the player cannot paste into a title. Special characters can be used in the title, if typed from a keyboard that supports them. Alt codes do not work, and the § character cannot be typed even using a keyboard that implements it, meaning titles cannot be colored or formatted in-game. However, on Linux using the compose key to produce special characters does work.

Trading[edit]

Expert-level librarian villagers buy a book and quill for one emerald. ‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Expert-level librarian villagers have a 50% chance to buy 2 book and quills for one emerald.‌[Java Edition only]

Sounds[edit]

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Page rustles? ? item.book.page_turnsubtitles.item.book.page_turn2? 16
Book thumps? ? item.book.putsubtitles.item.book.put? ? 16

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Book and Quillwritable_book item.minecraft.writable_book

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Book and Quillwritable_book 386item.writable_book.name

Item data[edit]

  •  tag: The tag tag.
    •  pages: The list of pages in the book.
      • : A single page in the book. Each page is a string and uses the escape sequence \n for a line break. However, the command parser does not accept \n, because of which line breaks need to be set by a player or using loot tables.

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Java Edition
1.3.112w17aBook and Quill JE1 BE1.png Added books and quills.
1.7.213w36aBooks and quills can now be crafted with a written book to clone the written book.
1.814w05aCopying written books now mark them as "Copy of Original" or "Copy of Copy".
The copying status of a book is now denoted in a separate line in the tooltip, beneath the author's name.
Copies of copies cannot be copied.
14w25aBooks and quills now use JSON text components instead of plain text with the new pages tag
Book and quills are now capable of using the clickEvent and hoverEvent tags.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 386.
1.1418w43aBook and Quill JE2 BE2.png The texture of books and quills has now been changed.
Added support for editing anywhere in the book and quill.
Books and quills now have copy/paste support.
The page limit of books and quills has now been increased to 100 pages.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta 1.2.0.2Book and Quill JE1 BE1.png Added books and quills.
1.4.0beta 1.2.14.2Books and quills can now be found inside buried treasure chests.
1.6.0beta 1.6.0.1Pages within books and quills can now be turned using the controller bumper buttons.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Book and Quill JE2 BE2.png The texture of books and quills has now been changed.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.4Books and quills can now be sold to librarian villagers.
Legacy Console Edition
TU25CU141.17Patch 1Book and Quill JE1 BE1.png Added books and quills.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Book and Quill JE2 BE2.png The texture of books and quills has now been changed.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Book and Quill" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit]

  • The in-game restrictions on books are not hard limits. Third party editors or commands can make books have more than 100 pages‌[Java Edition only] (2,147,483,639 pages), more than 256 characters per page (32,767 characters per page), can change author names, and can have colored titles, among other things. These books still function properly in vanilla Minecraft, meaning the player may encounter such books on adventure maps or multiplayer servers.[1]
  • Although the name blank is only 16 characters long, the player can give it a longer name using an anvil.
  • If the player renames a book and quill in an anvil before signing it, it retains the name from the anvil instead of taking the name from signing.‌[Java Edition only]
  • If the player renames a book and quill in an anvil before writing in it, they cannot write anything in the book. If something is written in it before it is renamed, then it functions normally.
  • Because of the massive text limit, players on certain servers have figured out how to "Book ban" other players by filling a shulker box with books filled with random characters and unicode symbols, and then tricking players into picking up the box. The player who picked it up is instantly disconnected from the server due to the massive amount of data they just recieved, and they are unable to log back in unless an admin clears that player's inventory.

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