Minecraft book: how to make paper in Minecraft

Everything you need to know about how to craft books, maps, and banner patterns with paper and how to write in books using ink sacs and feathers

Want to know how to create your own Minecraft book? Books can be used for enchanting, crafting, or even to make your very own Minecraft enchanting table and a lovingly crafted bookshelf to go alongside it.

Books can also be enchanted themselves and, combined with a Minecraft anvil, they can enchant other items, such as your weapons or your Minecraft shield. There are a few ways to get your hands on enchanted books: you can trade them with librarian villagers, find them in rare pillager raid drops, or even from fishing. If you’ve got an abundance of these enchanted Minecraft books, you can disenchant them using a Minecraft grindstone.

There are other ways of obtaining normal books, you can get three books by mining a bookshelf, but if you’d rather save yourself the trouble, here’s everything you need to know about creating a Minecraft book yourself. The number one ingredient you need to make a book is, of course, paper, so here are all the details you need to get started.

How to make paper in Minecraft

Making paper in Minecraft is very simple. All you need to do is place three sugar canes in the middle row of the crafting grid. This will give you paper!

The recipe for creating paper in Minecraft, which is needed to make books. Simply place three sugar canes in a row.

Tasty paper, by the sound of it. You can create a bunch of stuff with paper including maps, banner patterns, and books. There are two different types of maps in Minecraft: normal maps that show an area and locator maps. To make them, either fill the crafting squares with paper to make a regular map or surround a compass in the centre square with paper to make a locator map.

Map recipe

  • 9x paper

Locator Map recipe

  • 8x paper
  • 1x compass

To make banner patterns, you’ll need one sheet of paper and an item to act as the pattern’s emblem. So, for example, if you want to create a banner showing the Mojang logo, place one paper sheet on the left, and an Enchanted Golden Apple in the centre.

craftable Banner logos

  • Enchanted Golden Apple – Thing (looks like the Mojang logo)
  • Wither Skeleton Skull – Skull (is basically a skull and crossbones)
  • Creeper Head – Creeper (shows a Creeper’s face)
  • Oxeye Daisy – Flower (looks like a daisy)
  • Brick block – Field Masoned
  • Vine – Bordure Indented

The book recipe in Minecraft. Place some leather in the centre square, then place two paper either side and one underneath.

How to make a Minecraft book

Here’s what you’ll need to create a book in Minecraft.

  • 3x paper
  • 1x leather

You’ll need to place one piece of paper in the bottom left-hand corner of the crafting grid and the leather to its right in the middle of the bottom row. Then, place the remaining two pieces of paper in the two slots above them, on the left-hand side of the middle row.

The recipe for a Minecraft book with a quill is one book, one ink sac, and one feather.

How to make a Minecraft Book and Quill

Want a Minecraft book you can write in? You’ll need the following:

  • 1x book
  • 1x ink sac
  • 1x feather

Place the ink sac to the right of the book in the crafting grid and the feather beneath the inc sac – now you’ve got a book and quill, which you can use to inscribe your words of wisdom; place it on a Minecraft lectern for extra authority.

There you have it – that’s how you make paper in Minecraft and create your own books. If you can’t be bothered to make your own, you can also find books in ships, strongholds, or Minecraft villages; if you want to find a village quickly, check out these Minecraft seeds.

As for things you can use books with, they play a key part in Minecraft enchantments, as they’re part of the enchantment table recipe. If you want to know more about what’s coming to Minecraft, we have details on the upcoming features in the Minecraft 1.19 Wild update such as frogs, tadpoles, and more much.

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