Books are items crafted from paper and leather. They are used both as an ingredient to craft other items and as a way to store Enchantments for later use. Books and paper usually appear in chests inside Stronghold libraries. They can also be traded with librarian villagers.
Currently, books are used for making bookshelves using 6 Wood Planks and 3 books. They can be used to make a Book and Quill which can be written in. Books can also be used to make an Enchantment Table and used for Enchanting items in an anvil as an enchanted book.
A book itself can be used as the target of any enchantment. The enchantment will stay with the book until such time that a player wants to use the enchantment on a separate item. The enchantment can then be applied from the book to an item by placing both of them in an anvil. The enchanted book is consumed in the process.
|Book and Quill |
|Wooden Planks||Wooden Planks||Wooden Planks||None||Book||None|
|Wooden Planks||Wooden Planks||Wooden Planks||Obsidian||Obsidian||Obsidian|
- A book and quill will have the glare of an enchanted book when a player finishes and turns it into a fully-published non-editable book.
- In earlier versions, leather wasn't used in crafting books.
- In Minecraft: Pocket Edition, you can craft books with only paper.