Copying Text From Book And Quill : Minecraft How To Copy Books

Natural generation

ItemStructureContainerQuantityChanceBedrock Edition
Book and Quill Buried treasure Chest 1–2 18.9%


Crafting ingredient

NameIngredientsCrafting recipeDescriptionWritten Book

Book and Quill +Written Book















The input written book is not consumed.The new copies are “Copy of Original” or “Copy of Copy”, depending on whether the input written book is “Original” or “Copy of Original”.Copies of copies cannot be copied.Copied books of the same generation (“Original”, “Copy of Original”, “Copy of Copy”, or “Tattered”) stack.

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By pressing use item or long pressing screen anywhere‌ while holding a book and quill in their hand, the player can open a text editor GUI.

Using this GUI, the player can write a single book up to 100‌ or 50‌ pages long, with up to 255 characters per page, with line breaks counting as two characters. The player can write up to 25,600‌ or 12,800‌ characters inside the entire book. No page may be longer than 14 lines and each line can have a width of 113 pixels (see pixel width of each character here).

The player has the ability to copy and paste into books. However, the paste does not work if the text being pasted is longer than a single page. Most Unicode characters are available in books, and they may be pasted in without issue.

In singleplayer, the world pauses while a book is being edited.‌


One can place a book and quill or a written book on an empty lectern.

The lectern then emits a redstone signal depending on the displayed page in the book. On the last page, the lectern emits a signal strength of 15. This is why lecterns are listed in the “redstone” tab in the creative inventory.

Formatting codes

Main article: Formatting codes

Text in a book can be styled using codes starting with the § character (section sign).

§ + k creates randomly changing characters.§ + l creates bold text.§ + m creates strikethrough text.§ + n creates underlined text.§ + o creates italic text.§ + 0 – f (hexadecimal) creates colored text.§ + r resets any of the previous styles so text after it appears normally.

If the player uses multiple codes, and continue typing past the end of a line, the next line exhibits only the last formatting code used.


Books can be signed by pressing the “Sign” button while in the interface. In Java Edition, when signed, a book bears the name of the player who wrote it and a title chosen upon signing. In Bedrock Edition, the book doesn”t display the name of the player as the author; instead, the author can be any text the player wants. After it has been signed, it cannot be edited again – it has turned into a written book.

The title of the book can be up to 16 characters long, and the player cannot paste into a title. Special characters can be used in the title, if typed from a keyboard that supports them. Alt codes do not work, and the § character cannot be typed even using a keyboard that implements it, meaning titles cannot be colored or formatted in-game. However, on Linux using the compose key to produce special characters does work.


Expert-level librarian villagers buy a book and quill for one emerald. ‌

Expert-level librarian villagers have a 50% chance to buy 2 book and quills for one emerald.‌


SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuationdistance Page rustles Master Turning the page of a book 0.5 1.0 16 Book thumps Blocks Placing the book on a lectern 1.0 1.0 16

Data values


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDItem tags (JE)FormTranslation key
Book and Quill writable_book lectern_books Item

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Book and Quill writable_book 386 Item

Item data


Java Edition1.3.112w17a






Bedrock Edition1.2.0beta





Legacy Console EditionTU25CU14 1.17 Patch 1

PlayStation 4 Edition1.90


Added books and quills.

Books and quills can now be crafted with a written book to clone the written book.
Copying written books now mark them as “Copy of Original” or “Copy of Copy”.
The copying status of a book is now denoted in a separate line in the tooltip, beneath the author”s name.
Copies of copies cannot be copied.

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Books and quills now use JSON text components instead of plain text with the new pages tag
Book and quills are now capable of using the clickEvent and hoverEvent tags.
Prior to The Flattening, this item”s numeral ID was 386.

The texture of books and quills has now been changed.

Added support for editing anywhere in the book and quill.
Books and quills now have copy/paste support.
The page limit of books and quills has now been increased to 100 pages.

Added books and quills.

Books and quills can now be found inside buried treasure chests.
Pages within books and quills can now be turned using the controller bumper buttons.

The texture of books and quills has now been changed.

Books and quills can now be sold to librarian villagers.

Added books and quills.


The texture of books and quills has now been changed.


Issues relating to “Book and Quill” are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

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If the player renames a book and quill in an anvil before writing in it, they cannot write anything in the book. If something is written in it before it is renamed, then it functions normally.



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