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Oh, My, GAWD! Can't believe you can finally do this! i can't wait till 1.3!!!!!! –Preceding unsigned comment was added by (Talk) 17:10, 26 April 2012‎ (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~

Yup, pretty awesome of Jeb and team to implement this, although I won't really be using it. Now this can be used in adventure maps and movies that people make. - Asterick6 06:14, 29 April 2012 (UTC)

how do you change the colors and such?[edit]

I've got a mac and Idk how to get the "section operator" key. Is it the same as & ? –Preceding unsigned comment was added by (Talk) 18:00, 26 April 2012‎ (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~

On a Mac, the § character is accessed on the keyboard by pressing Option-6 (or Alt-6). Unfortunately, Minecraft does not accept this character directly. Instead, press Option-6 in TextEdit, then copy/paste the character into the game.--Inertia 20:38, 26 April 2012 (UTC)
Thanks so much! works just fine now and I can make So. Many. Books. : D –Preceding unsigned comment was added by (Talk) 22:11, 26 April 2012 (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~
How do you make that on a PC? Cobalt32 03:52, 27 April 2012 (UTC)
Alt + 21 (on numpad). - Asterick6 06:02, 29 April 2012 (UTC)

Crafting image is incorrect[edit]

Anyone know which image is actually supposed to go there? –Preceding unsigned comment was added by (Talk) 21:29, 26 April 2012 (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~

Capabilities of books beyond what can be created in-game[edit]

A user has repeatedly been removing evidence that books can be edited to contain more than 50 pages, more than 256 characters and 13 lines per page, colored and formatted titles, custom player names (also with colors and formats), etc. These are all properties which a book in vanilla Minecraft can have, but they require an editor such as NBTedit to be created. A vanilla Minecraft player may encounter books like this in adventure maps, or on multi-player servers, and they will work as my screenshots have shown. Moxxy has insisted, however, that this information should be excluded from the article, simply because a vanilla player cannot create the books, disregarding that they may still encounter them.

If this is a sort of standard the wiki community wishes to set, then fine. But please be consistent about it. The article on signs provides evidence that signs can have colored text, even though this requires mods/programs. The article on snow mentions that snow can actually have varying height, but that this does not occur in singleplayer Minecraft without mods or editing (I myself have encountered varying-height snow on servers in the past, and I was playing vanilla). The article on slabs shows a special doubleslab which requires mods/editing to insert into the world. The map article mentions the zoom level property of maps, which is unused in vanilla. Grass makes prominent the existence of a third grass type, which resembles dead shrubs but cannot be obtained without mods/editing (again, I have witnessed it playing vanilla on servers before). All pages of blocks mention the unused, unobtainable Locked Chest.

Now, do tell me, why is it that this information on books must be removed, when all that other information can stay? If you want this information removed, you ought to remove all of that information as well, to keep this wiki consistent.

Or, you could acknowledge that this information is relevant to vanilla players, because they could very well encounter it themselves and wonder what is going on. Then we'll have people re-adding information in a far less organized and informed manner than I have, with trivia sections such as "sometimes a book can have a colored title on some servers. it is not known why this is" or "some adventure map makers may get famous people, like notch, to write books for their maps". Honestly, I fail to see why that is preferable to what I have contributed. --WolfieMario 03:42, 27 April 2012 (UTC)

It occurred to me, after writing this, that the /give command can also be used to obtain the special doubleslab, unused grass, and no-longer-used locked chest. Note, however, that there is still no vanilla way to get colored sign text, varying-height snow, or maps with different zoom levels. --WolfieMario 04:14, 27 April 2012 (UTC)
We mention those because they are unimplemented features found in the code. What you are adding is something that isn't a feature. It's not something that was ever added or even thought about being ever added. What you are adding is basically "Hey, when you hack, things work the way they aren't supposed to". --Moxxy 21:55, 27 April 2012 (UTC)
First off, at least in the definition of "unimplemented" I've heard in computer science, that's when the code for a feature has not been written yet. You'll notice the "Quiver" item is the only item listed as unimplemented in the items template, and indeed, it has no code ingame - all other things, ranging from colored sign text to zoomed maps to books with formatted titles, are implemented. Implementation status is not something that sets apart my discovery from those discoveries.
Semantics aside, you can't say that colored/formatted book titles/authors aren't a feature if colored signs are. For all we know, the code might be general enough that all text in the game, 3D or otherwise, is automatically formatted properly. In this case, you could either argue that colored book titles and colored sign titles should both be acknowledged, or both removed.
In addition, if you refuse to acknowledge anything on the wiki that isn't an intended feature, then you'd have to extend that policy as well. Wouldn't that attitude apply equally well to glitches? We have an entire article on the pre-1.8 Far Lands, which were unintended. Furthermore, they were discovered with hacking (teleport commands), and the only person trying to reach the Far Lands legitly still hasn't gotten there to this day - without hacks, we'd have no evidence they ever existed.
Anyways, what exactly is your definition of a feature? In my opinion, it is a feature that book pages are stored in a variable-width list. If they were stored in a fixed array of 50 String values, then it would not be possible for a book to have more than, or even less than, 50 pages. Is it not a feature that books can have any number of pages? You can't honestly tell me you are so convinced that the developers have never even thought about some number of pages other than 50 - whether they did or did not, none of us would know this. But making books extensible like this is indeed a feature in the code: a future update may come along to raise the cap, or even add a new type of book with higher capacity, and it would be made far easier by the current code.
In addition, I felt it was misleading that titles were limited to 16 characters and pages limited to 256 characters. Normally, when you encounter a limit that's a power of two in a game, it's a hard limit: it is impossible to go beyond the limit without modification of the code. I was surprised to learn that was not the case here, and I'm sure many other programmers wouldn't have expected it.
When you say "Hey, when you hack, things work the way they aren't supposed to", I find that strange: much of what I found is that things do work the way they're supposed to, even after hacking. I'm not hacking and then placing it in the bugs section. The things I found actually work perfectly well, despite expectations - they don't cause crashes (at least not yet) and don't cause any bugs or issues: it's not breaking the game.
Lastly, you make it sound like I am adding something to the code. I'm not adding an enchantment tag to a fish to create the Cleophian Digging Feesh. I'm just changing existing values - the only case where this is not true is when I made more than 50 pages; you may be right in wanting to remove that. Note that, in order to have colored text on signs, one must add color formatting codes to the sign's "Text1", "Text2", etc. tags. Here, I've shown you can add the very same codes... To a book's "author" and "title" tags, achieving the same effect. There is no fundamental, inherent difference between the two, except that one trick has been known for ages and the other is new because the item itself is new.
Anyways, if this has anything to do with you thinking I'm advertising or something, with that reference tag to my topic on the Minecraft forum, no, I am not. If you feel it is for the best that the reference be removed from my trivia, I have no qualms with this; it isn't really necessary to explain these things are possible without altering game code. As I said on your userpage, also, I have no issue with you re-wording my contribution to sound less like hacking, and even removing some images to make it seem less prominent (I can also re-do the colored title/author image if you prefer, to look less like a messy hack. It only looked that way because I used the character µ, as well as §k). However, I do have an issue with the idea that information should be completely removed just because some part of it doesn't sit well with your idea of the wiki's quality and purpose. Don't throw the baby out with the bath water; if my contributions really are 100% improper for the wiki, I fail to see how at least colored sign text is not. --WolfieMario 23:27, 27 April 2012 (UTC)
You're the one arguing semantics. The signs are there because it is something that is unseen otherwise in that feature. If we could we would say that "colors can't be applied to signs" instead of the current article we would but we can't because there is no explanation of why there could be color applied to signs. With this case saying "The limit is 50... colors can't be applied to titles... etc" it's can be implied to anyone that it's not allowed. You are breaking limits, not adding anything new like the signs page. If you can find unused style codes that can't be used in anywhere in the book but could be used through third party programs than that could be added. A good example is Enchantments. Enchantments can easily pushed past the numbers available in game but we do not have that on the page as it's not anything new. But if there was a completely unique enchantment not available through normal means we would have a note about it. Our terms, practices and such may seem odd or wrong to you but we use them by our definition, not from a computer science standpoint. --Moxxy 00:25, 28 April 2012 (UTC)
I didn't say you were arguing semantics. I admitted I was, in my first paragraph. And I don't think I'm not adding anything new to the page - I would never have guessed that the format codes would work properly in the title and author of a book. I thought the reason the game prevented me from inserting them is because they wouldn't be handled right, and would cause a crash or other bugs. If they did, then I would never have felt the need to mention it - if you're breaking past the limits, you can expect crashes and even corruptions. What I found notable is that there weren't any crashes or other issues! As you have said, breaking the limits and causing weird stuff to happen can be expected... But finding that books can store content as unlimited as the Minecraft world? I thought that was certainly more unique than "hacked higher levels of knockback enchantment knock enemies even farther back". Note that I left out things such as "titles and authors cannot have multiple lines" and "too much text on a page will flow off the bottom", because these are the things you would expect.
Personally, I don't think this should be about whether something was a closeted feature, but rather, whether something is unique. You'll note that the farlands were special enough to deserve their own article, since they were so unexpected and unique. If the pre-1.8 farlands had never been discovered, and all that we ever came to know is the edge of the map as it exists in 1.8+, I would agree that there need not be an article on the handful of quirks it carries (at the very least, however, it is sensible to mention those quirks somewhere in a more general article on the world). Similarly, we don't mention "damage values higher than x will be identical with the default item, but not stack with it", because that's expected behavior - the unused doubleslab is unique, in that it isn't identical like all the rest. And again, bringing up bugs, we normally don't include the most trivial/expectable ones outside of the actual buglist article. So, I think, when choosing stuff like this to remove, it's better to consider whether it's unique or not (of course, the usual excluding factor of "does it work in vanilla?" should still always be employed). --WolfieMario 01:06, 28 April 2012 (UTC)
That's more the logic I was going with when I removed it. We don't usually mention things that can only be pried out with third party programs/manual editing unless it is very unique. The fact that the code works and doesn't cause issues fascinates me as well as it makes no sense why they wouldn't allow it but we aren't the average person reading this page. To most people they don't think of the issues it could cause and if it would work if allowed. I'm trying to look at it more through the average person's opinion as much as can. I could be wrong though, I wish we could get a few more non-biased voices on this issue.
On another note, you should definitely expand your full width characters picture with an explanation under the writing section. --Moxxy 01:41, 28 April 2012 (UTC)
I still don't see why a trivia section can't include it. The trivia sections usually contain a lot of information an average player doesn't have to worry about (as is the point of the category itself). Fair enough removing it from the gallery, as images make it stand out perhaps more than a hack should. But I still think my sentence in the trivia section wasn't going beyond any lines... And I'm not sure either of us can judge what an average person wants to see, having both admitted we are not the average people reading it (well, since the item has yet to be officially released, we might be the average for the time being :p). But as you said, it would be much better if it weren't just you and me talking back and forth here. At another wiki I was at, the talk pages would usually be filled to the brim for any new content introduced in an update, with people deciding what's important enough for the main article and which trivia is too trivial to be included anywhere at all. Does this wiki operate on a similar consensus-based model? Because it's hard to discern any consensus when there's only two people arguing... And yeah, this has grown stale.
As far as the fullwidth, the only real explanation is that they are alt characters, like any other. The only practical expansion I can think of is to cite a convertor that changes normal text into fullwidth, as it can be used effectively for this sort of thing... But now, this feels too trivial for me to include, as I already knew you could use fullwidth in Minecraft, as well as bubble letters (all letters enclosed in circles), and text from upside-down-text flippers. But I suppose I'll include it anyhow, as it does look interesting to have a "new font" in books. Sadly, it works far less elegantly than any of the hacks I posted: the text wrapping prematurely decides that a line is too long after about two words, so it doesn't look nearly as good as I'd like it. If you agree with my idea that it's actually rather simple, feel free to move it to the trivia section, as that is where I would have originally added it anyhow.

As for anybody else - me and Moxxy haven't reached consensus on whether or not to include the hacks. If anyone made it through these walls of text (yeah, sorry for that...), please provide any input you can on which side you support. In the meantime, if the trivia section has grown larger once this thing is actually released, I plan to re-add the trivia of colored titles and page numbers. I'm not backing down from my points, Moxxy, but I'm also not gonna edit war. Perhaps this discussion can be sparked again once the majority of the community has already played with books? --WolfieMario 02:13, 28 April 2012 (UTC)

Thanks, WolfieMario, for the information about how to do books with larger capacity. This will come in handy for an upcoming project Too bad it's only available in the page history... Magic5ball 10:07, 28 April 2012 (UTC)

Is this just stuff like changing values in NBTEdit? If so, I don't see what the problem is. The game has the capability to do these things, they've just been limited on purpose. You're not adding/removing any code from the game. –ultradude25 (T|C) at 10:52, 28 April 2012 (UTC)
I've changed my mind as well after thinking about this for a while. I don't think the pictures are necessary but the trivia can be re-added. --Moxxy 15:10, 28 April 2012 (UTC)
 It should be on the page somewhere. This is a relatively large and impactual implemenentation into the game. I can't imagine many custome and RP servers which would not employ a feature like this, should they know of its existance. The "average" player deserves to know about things they might encounter in game, without having to go googling across the place or rummaging through the mod pages to turn up empty handed. I was rather shocked when I first stumbled across a coloured sign in vanilla minecraft, and the first thing I wanted to know was how to achieve it. Having the information in mainspace would be extremely convinient. Biasment due to player concern aside, there are a few pages which relate to the code alone, rather than actual accessable features, such as the Potion effects page. --HexZyle 15:48, 28 April 2012 (UTC)

I'm glad more people came to offer input; decisions like this do tend to go over much faster when there's more voices. I'm also happy others felt the information should be included; it's the sort of info I like to come across when reading this wiki.
Also, I noticed the enchantment article has a section called "How Enchantments Are Attached to an Item", which explains the NBT structure of enchantments. Should I make a "How a Book's Contents are Stored" section in this article, which would basically explain the same info, but for books? I won't include stuff about how to hack it, of course :p . I just feel the info may be handy to some devs (at least, as much as the enchantments' info is), and it also shows that a book's contents are stored in the item itself rather than a separate file (meaning if a book is destroyed, its contents are gone - on the other hand, lost maps can be recovered easily with the /give command). --WolfieMario 16:41, 28 April 2012 (UTC)
If you would like to. There are a lot of quirky things in this game that you could only understand if you knew code, so there tends to be a lot of "inside out" detail on the items here to help people who look at this game from a code perspective to understand what's going on. Detailing information also allows faster tracking of bugs. Such as the fact that lava does not inhibit theoretical momentem, and it's written on the page so that people understand that when zombie pigmen die in it, it's not because of the fire, but the impact damage from the ground. I for one have a mind that operates very similar to a computer, and If i can understand what the game is doing, I can emulate it in my head. I do not know the insides and outsides of how you modify books or how they are stored as information, so any detailed information would be welcome. Not just for interest's sake but also for the sake of factual information...meh I'm just rambling now. I don't even know what I'm talking about anymore. What I'm basically trying to say is: It's in the code, it's useful, it's not a bug, it's relative, it's encounterable, It should be on the page. I can't think of any instances in the past on this wiki where there has been an exception to this rule. --HexZyle 17:38, 28 April 2012 (UTC)

You know, Moxxy.... I've noticed you're becoming more and more like one of those stubborn deletionists. Don't become one of those guys; that's no fun. Straight-up mod items/topics can and should be removed from pages on vanilla topics, but anything else that can be achieved without modifying the game code itself can be included in those articles. For example, I added the multiplayer chat codes from Version history into the chat section on Multiplayer. It's little things like these that allow players to utilize Minecraft to its full potential. If small, new features are added or people discovered new features/ways to achieve whatever they're doing/making, but no one knows about them, what's the point of including the features in the first place? That's why things such as this should be mentioned on the Wiki for people to discover. And what's the purpose of a Wiki? It's to provide information to any person on any topic related to Minecraft, regardless of obscurity or whether it would be used. Just because something is obscure or something "isn't vanilla" doesn't mean it's not notable. (And even though this wiki doesn't follow Wikipedia policies, read this advice as well). Also, if content such as these are rewritten into the main sections themselves, articles wouldn't even need a trivia section that is pruned periodically since everything would be integrated into a comprehensive article. Btw, what's so bad about a "hack"? Don't people discover and create new things when they "hack" around? What's this and this? You've got to fix that stubborn and obsolete mentality. - Asterick6 05:54, 29 April 2012 (UTC)

You know, Asterick6... Shut up. Don't start this crap when you haven't even read the the entire discussion. Me and Wolfie were having an excellent debate over something that was on the border of what was allowed and what wasn't where we both brought up legitimate points. Unlike you who has to first call the other user names always accompanied with some "justifying" wikipedia link. I'm the one who put the information back because I ended up agreeing with his points. --Moxxy 06:13, 29 April 2012 (UTC)
Yea I knew you were gonna drop the bomb sooner or later with the stuff I've been saying. My bad, I realized you were probably beginning to have a bad impression. I've been using all these Wikipedia links, and all the shit that I say and and other stuff that happened. But you've obviously been spending too much time editing. Shut up? Take a break already, and chill the fuck out. College kids shouldn't even be spending this much time editing a wiki, and one on Minecraft too. (HexZyle, you too) And I've gotta get out of here; freaking hard to stop once you start. - Asterick6 04:31, 30 April 2012 (UTC)
Moxxy, he's giving you editing advice and you lash out at him? You also assume he hasn't read the entire conversation, something you can't prove. Also, the "Arguments to Avoid" page on Wikipedia space is one of the most useful and educational tools that any serious wiki editor should read. Asterick6 wasn't referring to this single instance, he had noticed a trend in your edits and sought to help you improve it. --HexZyle 07:12, 29 April 2012 (UTC)

Where are books data stored when not in the player's inventory?[edit]

On my single player world if I have a book in my inventory I can open it up and edit it using NBT Edit. However if I put the book in a chest I'm unable to find it. I assume it's getting put into the region folder. Wouldn't it make more sense to put it in the data folder with the maps? Kredns 05:03, 28 April 2012 (UTC)

In Tile Entity For chests. Open chunk in which your chest are in NBTEdit and find your book. When you drop it on the ground it will be stored in entity data. If book data was stored as maps do now, there were a problems with max book limits, possibility to edit signed books, several books linked to one text and another. -- 08:15, 28 April 2012 (UTC)
Ah, thanks! -- Kredns 09:46, 28 April 2012 (UTC)


I was thinking that jeb could add publishing. I have a server and want to make multiple copies of the same book without rewriting it. –Preceding unsigned comment was added by (Talk) 14:45, 29 April 2012 (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~

Well, you don't have to re-write it per-se. You can copy/paste text if you like, but you have to do it page-by-page, and actually have a backup outside Minecraft to copy from. Also, if you're the admin of your server, check out this thread - Club559 contributed a convenient way to copy entire books. You can find the directions in "How to actually hack books" -> open spoiler -> "Duplicate an entire book", near the end. Lastly, I'm tempted to write a script that lets you write the entire contents of a book at the press of a button, making it easy to produce multiple copies without being an admin, although it may be considered against the rules on some servers.
But yeah, it would be convenient if Jeb added a legit way to do it - perhaps a printing-press block that you feed ink sacs and dyes? :p It could also be used to duplicate maps, which would certainly be handy in SMP. Feel free to suggest it on the forums (he's almost definitely not gonna check this random talk page).
--WolfieMario, who's too lazy to sign in atm. By the way, since my post has an external link, the wiki made me select all the cats from a panel of 12 photos of cats and dogs. This, as a captcha, made my day - 14:06, 30 April 2012 (UTC)
    • Books can be copied by clicking them with your middle-mouse button (while in creative mode. ~Kill3rBlack

How a books contents are stored[edit]

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 (unlike the case with maps).

The extra data is a 'compound' labeled "tag" which contains a 'list' of data named "pages". Inside the list is a series of strings (data format for storing words), each representing a page of the book, in the order that they appear in-game. For Written Books, there are also "author" and "title" strings, within the "tag" compound - these of course represent the book's author and title, respectively.

We don't really use Java language terms on the wiki or how the coding works. Is there a way this could be re-worded? --Moxxy 14:11, 30 April 2012 (UTC)

As I said before, please try being consistent when changing things like this. Is this fine? (Note that I've referenced this section more than once; it's not that I expect you to scour the wiki or anything.) If so, I don't see why the same thing is not fine for this article.
The terms aren't Java language terms, they're actually terms in Minecraft's code. We've done the same thing for the potion effects article, haven't we? In addition, the actual terms would be "NBTCompound", "NBTString", etc. - the "NBT" was removed to make them more legible and friendly to non-programmers (at least, I presume this is why the author of the enchantment data section did that).
"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 (unlike the case with maps)." is not jargon; couldn't you have kept that at least?
As far as re-wording the second paragraph, the only thing I can really do is make it less informative. E.g. "The extra data is a "tag" containing a list of pages, and, for Written Books, the author and title as well." This is altogether barely informative; we could have guessed that if a book's data is attached to it, its pages, author, and title are the data that's attached - saying anything about the actual structure of the data would fall outside "layman's terms", apparently.
Anyone have any comments on this? Should we make both the enchantment description and this description non-technical and simultaneously uninformative? Or leave them as they originally were? Or remove them altogether? Also, I'm not sure whether this applies here, but if it does, we should probably take it into consideration. -- WolfieMario, who still doesn't feel like signing in away from home - 17:23, 30 April 2012 (UTC)
The second paragraph was the only thing in question. The first part being removed was my mistake. I meant to re-add that to another section but obviously forgot. I looked at the second paragraph and I don't think there is a way to reintegrate it with the article. I removed it less because it was technical and more because it's just not notable as it really is of no use to the player. As for the enchantment page I removed that small paragraph as well for consistency and because it's not applicable as well. That was there for a while most likely because it blended into other technical information which has very important uses for the player to know. --Moxxy 18:40, 30 April 2012 (UTC)

While not interesting for most players, this technical information is quite useful for modders, so I think it should be kept somewhere on the wiki. There isn't an obvious page to move it to; maybe create a new one in Category:Development for items with NBT tags? -- Orthotope 20:35, 30 April 2012 (UTC)

Btw, I defined "string" since that's about the only word that's jargon, but I don't think the words are technical; they just need to be explained in a better manner. - Asterick6 05:40, 2 May 2012 (UTC)

Player.dat format#Item Structure explains this in a centralized location in the Development Resources section. It should be used as a reference, not the pages designed for players who will not need or want any implementation information such as the tag structure that books use to store their data. LB 06:58, 5 July 2012 (UTC)

Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V[edit]

It says that those functions can be used in book like in chat, but does Ctrl+A work as well? If anyone can tell me it does (I'm active on a server that uses Bukkit, so I really don't want to install the snapshot) it would be greatly appreciated, because I know one thing we could do with that and would be completely worthy of a section. Making copies of books! :D Funky3000 19:15, 1 May 2012 (UTC)

Ctrl+A doesn't work, even with an editable book, and you can't select text in a book because you can't move the typing cursor. If you want to make a copy of a book (without cheats/hacks, which would make it easy if you're an admin or in singleplayer), you'll have to type up the text outside of the book. That is, you'd have a copy of the book as a text file on your computer (it doesn't matter if you use Notepad, Word, etc., just any text editor that lets you copy/paste). Then you would copy from that, page by page, into your book. Yeah, it would be a bit easier if we could copy straight from a book :/ --WolfieMario 19:23, 1 May 2012 (UTC)

how do i paste § into my books?[edit]

i'm not sure if this has been asked before, but i don't know how to paste texts in my books so i can neither know how to add § and I really wan't it for an Aventure map :( any help? 23:11, 1 May 2012 (UTC)

Ctrl+C to copy it, Ctrl+V to paste it --WolfieMario 00:38, 2 May 2012 (UTC)

Thank you so much. 21:22, 2 May 2012 (UTC)

It doesnt work for me[edit]

I tried to make one and it doesnt work. Any ideas why? -Dudebot121256 –The preceding undated comment was added on 16:09, 3 May 2012‎ (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~

This is not in the full release yet. You have to download and install the snapshot 12w17a or above. It does not exist in 1.2.5, the latest full version. --WolfieMario 16:21, 3 May 2012 (UTC)

Contents in snapshots usually get included in the full minecraft some time after, doesn't it? -- 15:13, 9 June 2012 (UTC)

yes, they will be added. the snapshots are literally the currently-coded updates that come with the next version of minecraft that can be installed as mods. they exist to look for bugs, and for people to play while they are waiting for the official release. the snapshot will become the next version of minecraft. 21:20, 5 October 2012 (UTC)

Which Section Should the Item be Placed?[edit]

When this update is put into the official 1.3, update, where will the Book and Quill be best placed in the item category? (The box below the page with the lovely pictures of items.) --ThingStuffObject 20:25, 3 May 2012 (UTC)ThingStuffObject

Utility as it is basically a sign you can carry. --Moxxy 20:39, 3 May 2012 (UTC)
I see. I was thinking of it being placed in the Informative, but the Utility section feels just as fine. Thanks. --ThingStuffObject 03:26, 4 May 2012 (UTC)ThingStuffObject
Hmm, should it be "Utility" in the Item infoboxes of the article as well? Or "Tools", which I noticed tends to be more commonly used? Either way, I think it should be something more descriptive and less incorrect than "Raw Materials", but I don't know about the wiki's standard for the type parameter in the infobox. --WolfieMario 05:11, 4 May 2012 (UTC)

Why the 'uses for books' section needs to return[edit]

Let me clear up two things before I begin : 1. Yes, I was the one who wrote that section 2. This is not a rage/whine about why it was removed. I read the changelog, and the point for which it was removed was perfectly valid.

Now, I am seriously thinking that it needs to come back. Why? I'm one of those people that, when a new thing comes out, askes myself, "How can I use this in survival?" Being able to write in books doesn't appear to be useful to some people. But if one takes a minute to think about the possibilities, there are a lot of things books can be used for. Heck, I even asked a few Minecraft buddies for some ideas; they had some that I _totally_ didn't think about. I'm even still wondering how wool can be useful. (Given the high flammability + low blast resistance) Perhaps some people don't really care about writing in books. But for people who can't think of, but are looking for a justifiable use of resources to create one, it could be a useful section. 03:51, 8 May 2012 (UTC) (PS: Please excuse errors. Cellphone keyboards suck. :) )

I'd support the "Uses" section, as there's quite a few that might not be obvious. Offhand: Notes on where you found caves or other points-of-interest, package manifests for rail shipping, "letters" between players and so on. --Mental Mouse 16:41, 21 July 2012 (UTC)

I also support this. I can think of many uses for these right now! Such as short-stories, information books, poems, fairy-tales, notes, treasure hunt list/clues, history books, comedy writing, journals, diaries, reference guides, recipe books, and heck, even a newspaper. The possibilites are endless (provided you play on SMP servers). You could make a library for people to come look at, read, and trade/purchase books! Because who wouldn't want a Brewing Guide? Now you just have to find people that actually like to read besides the author... 01:47, 2 August 2012 (UTC)

I totally think it should return. I need a good book on how to set up a server and I dont want to pay for realms. If you made a book on that I would give you my diamonds. but nobody uses books so I cant get anything helpful. It sucks. 21:56, 31 March 2014 (UTC)Sorry I dont have an accound

§ symbol cant be written in Minecraft[edit]

In order to make the § symbol, hold down alt and press 21 on your number pad (far right side) (Option-6 on a Mac). Note, however, that you cannot do this in-game, so you must copy the character and paste it into the game. This is not the case on keyboard layouts which feature the § separately, such as German (where § is Shift+3) or Swedish (left of 1).

Thats wrong, you cant insert a § symbol in Minecraft. Even if your keybord has a § key, you will need to copy and paste it. -- 14:52, 19 May 2012 (UTC)

Note to Mac Users[edit]

On macs you can NOT use cmd+v to paste into minecraft.
You HAVE to use ctrl+v.
It took me a year to figure this out...

--KBGUY 15:32, 23 May 2012 (UTC)

A bug/problem with crafting "book and quill"s[edit]

I can't seem to craft a book and quill, even though im using all right ingredients. I should i do?

Yes, We are having the same problem. We are on macs. Can anyone help? June 2012

Ae ou two In the latest snapshot? Remember to sign your comments.

ArkEneru 05:55, 5 July 2012 (UTC)

Book and quill[edit]

when I tried to make it did not work. Even tough I built it the right way. –Preceding unsigned comment was added by (Talk) 13:11, 21 July 2012. Please sign your posts with ~~~~

As the page clearly states, this is only implemented in snapshots 12w17a and later. It does not exist and cannot be crafted in any previous snapshots, or in 1.2.5 . -- Orthotope 20:40, 21 July 2012 (UTC)

Flipped text[edit]

In one of the pictured example you can see flipped text but no where in the wiki is it told how to do this. Could someone explain how to do this? Thanks. -- 14:42, 26 July 2012 (UTC)

I looked through twice and see no such picture. --Draexzhan 01:10, 6 August 2012 (UTC)

Is it possible to place a book?[edit]

I read the wiki and it said un-stackable but nothing about not being able to place it. Is it possible to place them? Do they have to be signed to be placed?

No, you can not place book and quills as a block. Although, DinnerBone may or may not add lecterns which allow the player to read books. But at the moment, nope. -Maiapapaya


If you write in bold, but in languages like Esperanto, French (I don't know the name, sorry, the languages with different letters (No the normals ones of English Minecraft) the text is weird, something like double letters. I use MC 1.3.1 -- 02:39, 6 August 2012 (UTC)

Empty Lines Between Paragraphs?[edit]

Two pictures in the gallery show book pages with empty lines between text lines, which readers prefer as paragraph breaks. However, under BUGS it says:

"The player cannot input more than one consecutive line break, and cannot begin a line with spaces. This functionality was previously available when the Book and Quill was originally released. To have consecutive line breaks or lines beginning with spaces (indentation), a player must now insert formatting codes (such as §r) at the start of the line."

On the 'Formatting Codes' page (to which there is a link in the article, thanks for that btw) it also doesn't say exactly how to use this option to create empty lines. Apparently, I can't just keep hitting the spacebar as that would 'begin a line with spaces'. Does the above advice mean that once a formatting code is entered, it's possible to fill that line with spaces?

Another thing I'm unclear on is whether those codes (which can amount to lots of letters if combined) count toward the letter limit per line/page, or if only the actual 'printed' stuff is counted.

Thank you for any input on this. Jinxauthor Mel 05:18, 24 August 2012 (UTC)

Mac book "missing text" workaround:[edit]

Some texture packs let you read a book, every page. One that I tried that worked was "Misa420". I did not use the mod to install the texture pack, it was just dragged to my texture pack folder. 16:43, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

Signing in offline[edit]

I can't confirm 'or "Player" if signed while playing offline'. How to reproduce this? When offline mode, I tried to create 'written book', but my mojang account name (e-mail address) is used as author name. When I enter random string as username/password, random string I entered is used. (both tested with 13w07a) --AMotohiko 06:09, 16 February 2013 (UTC)

I just tested using 1.4.7 and 13w07a. While offline, it signs with "Player". While online, it signs with my Minecraft name. How exactly are you getting your email address? Can you provide a screenshot? Kanegasi C 08:21, 16 February 2013 (UTC)
Thank you. I can confirm how to reproduce this! Unknown login name 'Player' is used in old 'Minecraft launcher'. [1] They have different Minecraft logo. Old one, which timestamp is 2012-01-06, filesize:270142 bytes, MD5:0F1931E26C21219DB1C90E90037F11F6 actually uses 'Player' when offline. And new one, downloaded recently, MD5:B63CCB43F2779CBEA5D8D3CE2E3D90FB, filesize:2631386 bytes, uses what I enter in username field.
Would you please redownload and test this again? According to Minecraft launcher, since minecraft.jar uses Username as what launcher specifies, this seems launcher's behavior. --AMotohiko 21:47, 17 February 2013 (UTC)
Very very interesting
Even though the login failed, and gave you a "Play Offline" option, it saved what I used, and blank login uses "Player". I haven't had the "old" launcher in a long time, so I cannot reproduce what that one does. Either way, it is an interesting bug. Kanegasi C 03:51, 18 February 2013 (UTC)

Hey! New way to add styles?[edit]

Using 1.6.1, under Windows 8 (confirmed under Windows 7 as well) pressing Ctrl + Backspace has the same effect as pasting the 'section' symbol (§) into a book and quill, allowing a style change to be made. I would like to add this to the article here, but I'm not sure that it works on other operating systems. Can anyone confirm this? It turns out this was just an issue with my system, apologies.

by LPGhatguy 08:44, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

Differences between text editor and signed book[edit]

I just thought it would be useful if the wiki would mention that the display you get on the text editor isn't what you'll get once the book is signed. After spending about 5 hours writing a book and making sure no line had more then three spaces at its end (rephrasing any sentence that didn't fit) I was rather mad when I realized the editor isn't faithful to the finished product..

The two main differences I've noted are that the editor allows one more character per line then the signed book (this might not be the case with some characters such as "," and"." but every letter put in the last case will bring the whole word down to the next line defacing the rest of the page), then their is the fact that the editor allows you to write on the 15th line while the book will not show this line.

This might seem a little insignificant, but when you do take the time to write a book that doesn't look like it's been written on a version of notepad programmed by a dyslexic kid.. it would be useful to know upfront. –Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) at 23:54, 22 January 2015 (UTC). Please sign your posts with ~~~~


Can you craft this in v0.13.1 update? I tried and it didn't work. I even used this page for the recipe. Someone send me an answer please. (did you know that you can spell typewriter all in the top row of your keyboard. If you use the qwerty setting.)-- 14:05, 1 January 2016 (UTC) Xbox One PC player Starfall122203-- 14:05, 1 January 2016 (UTC)

i think the fact that the cursor can't be is actually a problem for players like me. like if i have to fix a spelling mistake i have to delete tons of writing, and i will forget, and then i trash the book or make a new set of words, taking a long time. Craft epics (talk) 01:05, 20 March 2019 (UTC)

Pages not restricted to 255 characters[edit]

I'm fairly certain that it is possible to legitimately type more than 255 characters in a book. The character "i" is one dot wide, as is the space between characters. It is possible to fit roughly 57 "i"s on one line, times 14 lines gives 798 characters. --Leetleek (talk) 18:34, 11 April 2020 (UTC)