Books use to be a not so common item only used for decorations.Books became a necessary item to find once Mojang added Enchantment Tables. The ability to store enchantments on books to apply to items later one is a must have. Here is a tutorial on how to make a book in Minecraft. To read more about the item, you can go to its page here.
How to find a book in Minecraft
You can obtain books from chests in stronghold libraries. Strongholds are not the easiest places to find as they are build underground but are massive in size and rewarding for what you can find in them.The best strategy to find them is to use an eye of ender. This item will point you in the direction of the nearest stronghold. If you do not have an eye of ender you can always get the ingredients to make a book yourself
How to craft a book in Minecraft
Using a crafting recipe is another way of obtaining a book in Minecraft. The player will first need to start off by making a crafting table. Each player starts off with a 2×2 crafting grid located in their inventory however this recipe is much more complicated and requires a 3×3 grid. This is done by opening your inventory box (Pressing ‘E’) and placing 4 wooden planks into the 2×2 grid located in the top right corner. You are able to use any type of Wooden Planks like oak, spruce, birch, jungle, acacia, or dark oak. In the example below we are using oak wooden planks.
Once you are done with this step you should see a crafting table appear to the right of the arrow. Right clicking on the item will put your new crafting table into your inventory.
After you have completed the recipe you will need to equip the table to your hand. This is done by dragging the item to the bottom left row of your inventory box. The last step is to place the item on the ground. To do this you will need to find an open area you will like the table placed at then right click to put it on the ground. Doing this will allow you to then click on the crafting table and utilize a 3×3 grid for crafting recipes rather than the default 2×2 from your inventory. Now that you have a crafting table to use lets craft a book.
Ingredients to make a book
|1 Leather– This can quickly be obtained from a Cow in the Overworld|
|3 Paper – Paper is easiest to get from crafting. You will need to put 3 Sugar Cane in the bottom row of the Crafting Grid. Sugar Cane itself is a little tricky to get, the best way to obtain them is from running around the Overworld and trying to find the item on the ground. They are generally located near patches of Water on top of pieces of Grass or Dirt. Further information on Paper can be found at How To Make Paper In Minecraft.|
Tip: The sugar cane ingredient for paper is not the easiest thing to find naturally. Once you have found some it is useful to grow a sugar cane farm for yourself.
By right clicking the crafting box a pop up window will appear. The crafting recipe for a book is 1 leather and 3 pieces of paper. Place the ingredients into the crafting box using the pattern shown below:
You will need to put 1 paper in the bottom left, 1 in the middle left and one on the direct center of the grid. The leather will go in middle right slot. Once this is done you will see the book item appear in the empty box to the right. Right click on the book to transfer the item into your inventory.
Now that you have learned how to make a book in Minecraft, a book can also be used to craft Book and Quills, Bookshelves, and also Enchant Tables.