This article is about standard books. For books the player can write in, see Book and Quill
. For post-written books, see Written Book
Books are items crafted from paper and leather that can be used as components in recipes for several useful items, especially enchantment tables and bookshelves. Books and paper can naturally occur in chests, inside strongholds.
 As a crafting ingredient
||Books were added. Their only use was for crafting bookshelves, which was used as a purely decorative block.
||Bookshelves can be used to increase the maximum enchantment level of enchantment tables.
||The crafting recipe is now shapeless, so books can now be crafted in the player's 2×2 crafting area, although the recipe now requires leather. Before this version, books were crafted with three paper sheets in a single column.
|A book can be crafted into a book and quill, which can be used to create written books.
||Books can now be enchanted into Enchanted Books, and then combined together in an anvil with a tool to then enchant it. Enchanted Books do not actually contain the effect, e.g. an Enchanted Book with knockback does not knock the opponent back.
|Pre-12w17a crafting recipe
||Input » Output
- The Book and Quill and Written Book icons have slightly darker red books.
- The achievement "Taking Inventory" has a book as its icon.