Book and Quill
Book and Quill
Type Interactive
Uses Writing down things
First Appearance snapshot 12w17a (1.3.1)
Data Values Hex: 182
Technical Name minecraft:writable_book


The Book and Quill is an item that can be obtained in Survival Mode. It can also be crafted by a player. It was added into the game in snapshot 12w17a. These books can contain up to 50 pages, with 14 lines on each page. A player may write whatever they desire in this book. An out-of-game editor can be used to increase the length of books and create colored text. Once signed, it cannot be edited again. A book can be signed once the author believes that he/she is done writing the book, and so will not be contributing any more to it. 

How To Use

To use a book, one must first craft one (see crafting below). Once one has a book and quill, select the item in one's Player's hand and right click (for PC, use item for other systems). This will bring up the book editor screen. A player may then type the desired contents into the page, up to the thirteen lines. To go to another page, click the forward arrow, while the back arrow goes to the previous page. The page does not have to contain text to proceed to the next page. When a player has finished editing, click done to close the book. If the book should be finished editing for good, click "Sign" to permanently close the book for reading only. Once signed, the book will glow like an Enchanted Book.


It can be used as instructions to players in multiplayer mode by creating copies of a signed book that cannot be edited. This is handy when put in chests or dispensers at the spawn of a server for new players to access. Alternatively, Signs are used in the same fashion. In addition, players can make stories out of them and make book stores or libraries for role-playing servers. Another use of the book is to be used as a "to do list." This is done by writing tasks into the book and clicking "Done" instead of "Sign", which will let a player endlessly edit the book an infinite number of times, thus allowing for the list to be updated constantly. This is handier than the traditional sign "to do list" because it is portable. There are many other uses as well, depending on the gamer's creativity.


Book and Quill

(Shapeless recipe)
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Ink Sac


The book and quill is craftable in the PlayStation 4 console version. However, a current glitch means that it is unusable, as any changes to unsigned book are not saved if a player holds another item. Also, attempting to sign the book tells them that they will no longer be able to make changes, but then nothing else happens. One has to back out of the menu and the book remains unsigned.


  • Writing on the last page saves all pages between, regardless of whether or not they are blank.
  • Deleting the text on the last page(s) will leave blank pages saved. However, when closing and opening the book with "Done," the book will no longer have those trailing blank pages saved.
  • Sometimes, written books may be part of a trade offered by a villager priest.
  • Using the code § with the letter or number next to it will create colors, bold, strike through, and random text.