How to Make a Book in Minecraft

Primarily used for crafting or enchanting other items, books are always a valuable addition to your inventory. The individual components required to craft a book can sometimes be tricky to track down in the vast Minecraft universe.

How to Make a Book in Minecraft

This comprehensive guide will tell you everything you need to know about how to make a book in Minecraft.

What Items you Need to Make a Book in Minecraft

  • 3 sheets of paper
  • 1 unit of leather

How to Make a Book in Minecraft

Step 1:

Begin by either finding or building a Crafting Table. If you have successfully procured one, you can skip to Step 2. If not, you can find these tables in igloo basements or witch huts across the map. You could also try and make your own crafting table by selecting the crafting menu and placing any 4 planks of wood in a square formation.

Step 2:

Once your crafting table is fully functional, you can start looking for the resources required to make a book. Although paper can directly be looted from various chests located inside shipwrecks, strongholds, or villages, crafting it yourself is significantly more efficient. You will first need to find 3 units of sugar cane. No special tools are required to mine sugar cane. It is commonly found along the edges of water bodies in multiple biomes in the Overworld. If you discover that you require a more consistent supply of sugar cane, you could also consider making a cane farm.

Step 3:

After obtaining at least three units of sugar cane, place them horizontally in any row of the crafting menu. You should now see the paper icon on the right. Drag the crafted sheets of paper from the crafting grid to your inventory.

Step 4:

You will now need to find some leather. If you are in the plains or savannah biome, horses should be fairly easy to spot. If not, you can look for stray cows. Killing a cow or a horse will drop anywhere between 0 to 2 units of leather. Alternatively, you could also craft one unit of leather from four rabbit hides. If you are looking for a more consistent supply of leather, consider growing some wheat and luring cows into an enclosure.

Step 5:

Head to your crafting table and open the 3×3 crafting grid. Place the leather right in the center and then drop two sheets of paper in the first two blocks (from the left) of the first row. Place the final sheet of paper in the first block of the second row, next to the leather. A book icon will appear on the right. Just as you did with the crafted paper, drag the icon into your inventory to complete the crafting process. And there you have it; you now know how to make a book in Minecraft!

It is important to note that books can be obtained by other means as well. They can almost always be looted from library chests that are found inside strongholds. Mining a bookshelf without ilk touch’ or destroying it with an explosion will cause three books to drop.

Using the Newly Crafted Book

There are three main ways to use books as crafting ingredients.

Combining a book, an ink sac, and a feather will produce a ook and quill’. You can now use this to write up to 12,800 characters in the book. Placing the book and quill next to a written book in the crafting menu will spawn a copy of the original book.

Books are essential components for crafting enchanting tables. Besides one book, you will also need two diamonds and three units of obsidian to craft it. You can use this table to enchant all sorts of items using your experience points.

You can make a bookshelf by filling the second row with books and dropping any six planks of wood in the first and third rows of the crafting grid. If installed correctly near an enchanting table, a book shelf can help you apply advanced enchantments.

A Note on Enchanted Books

Unfortunately, enchanted books cannot be easily found. You might sometimes stumble upon them while fishing, trading, or looting desert temples. Placing a crafted book on an enchantment table is the most hassle-free way of obtaining an enchanted book. By putting an enchanted book in the first slot of an anvil, you can transfer its enchantments to any viable item placed in the second anvil slot. It is crucial to remember that enchanted books can only be used once to transfer enchantments. If the item in the second anvil slot cannot take all the spells of an enchanted book, the unused enchantments are permanently lost. Enchanted books can also be combined with each other to create a single book with enhanced enchantments.

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