How to Make a Book in Minecraft

Not all books are created sequel...

by Matthew Kevin Mitchell

Books are a common item you’ll encounter in Minecraft, but you may run into a situation where you want to make your books. Like a pickaxe in Minecraft, a book can be crafted with materials found or collected in your Minecraft world. In this guide, we’ll take you to step by step through the process of making a book in Minecraft and what items you’ll need to do this. There are two main things that you need to create a basic book. Here is everything you need to know about making a book in Minecraft and what they are used for.

How to Make a Book in Minecraft

Here are the steps needed to make a book in Minecraft:

  • Step 1: Gather the required materials
  • Step 2: Open the crafting table menu grid
  • Step 3: Add the required materials to the crafting table

Step 1: Gather the Required Materials

The required materials to craft a book in Minecraft are Paper and Leather. To make one book, you will need 3 pieces of Paper and 1 piece of Leather.

How to Make Paper in Minecraft


Paper can be made by collecting sugar cane and then using the crafting grid by placing the three sugar canes in the middle row, as seen above.

How to Get Leather in Minecraft

Leather can be gathered by killing the following animals in Minecraft

  • Cow
  • Horse
  • Mule
  • Mooshrow
  • Llama
  • Donkey

Step 2: Open Crafting Table Menu Grid

Once you’ve got at least three pieces of Paper and one piece of Leather, you have the required items to make a book. Open the crafting table menu and use the Paper and Leather to craft a book in the 3×3 grid.

Step 3: Add the Paper and Leather


Place the items in the crafting grid with three pieces of Paper in the top row and one piece of Leather in the middle left row. Use the image below to see the correct order of items to make a book.

Types of Books You Can Make in Minecraft

Here are the types of books you can make in Minecraft:

  • Enchanted Books: Enchanted Books can be made with a Book and Lapis Lazuli with an Enchanting Table.
  • Book and Quill: Book and Quill can be made with a Book, a feather, and an Ink Sac

Recipes You Can Make with Books in Minecraft

Enchanting Table: An enchanting table can be made with 1 Book, 2 Diamonds, and 4 Obsidian, as shown in the picture below.


Bookshelf: Bookshelf can be made with 3 Books and 6 wood planks using the recipe shown below.


Minecraft is available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Mac, Android, iOS, and Nintendo Switch.

- This article was updated on January 22nd, 2023

About The Author

Matthew Kevin Mitchell has been a contributing writer for Attack of the Fanboy and PC Invasion since 2022. Matthew primarily covers Manga like One Piece, horror movies like Scream, and survival horror games like Dead by Daylight. His favorite moment came during his first press event covering Scream 6 for AotF. He hails from Denver, Colorado, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Regis University. When he isn’t scaring himself silly or writing, he loves to play ice hockey, spoil his dog, and drink an unhealthy amount of coffee.