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For the books that can be written in, see Book and Quill.
For the item created after a book and quill is signed, see Written Book.

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.


(Shapeless recipe)
Book and Quill
(Shapeless recipe)
None None None None None None
None Paper Paper None None None
None Paper Leather Book Ink Sac Feather
Bookshelf Enchantment Table
Wooden Planks Wooden Planks Wooden Planks None Book None
Book Book Book Diamond Obsidian Diamond
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, books can be crafter with only paper.