Minecraft Book | Crafting a Book

Books are required for constructing enchantment tables, which allow you to make your tools and armor more powerful, and for making bookshelves. Bookshelves have a unique decorative value and they can boost the power of enchantments available at a nearby enchantment table. Both books and paper are found in naturally generated chests throughout the Overworld.


Type: Raw Materials
Durability: N/A
Renewable: Yes
Stackable: Yes (64)
Data Value- Dec: 340, Hex: 154

Minecraft Book


Books first appeared in the game after the Alpha 1.0.11 update. Books and bookshelves had no practical purpose at the time, so they could only serve as decorations. Enchantment tables were added shortly before the game’s official release, giving books some use value. Upcoming modifications to books include a recipe change that requires leather and a new “book and quill” recipe.


Crafting a Book: Combine 3 papers to create a book.
Bookshelf: Combine 3 books and 6 wooden planks to create a bookshelf.
Enchantment Table: Combine 1 book, 2 diamonds and 4 obsidian blocks to create an enchantment table.

Name Ingredients Input >> Output
Book 3 Paper Minecraft Crafting Book

Used to craft a bookshelf or an enchantment table.
Bookshelf 6 Wooden Planks and 3 Books Crafting Bookshelf from Wood and Books

Used as decoration or to give an enchantment table knowledge.
Enchantment Table Book and Diamond and Obsidian Crafting Enchantment Table

Used to Enchant tools, weapons and armor.

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