Books serve alot of purposes that are overlooked. They provide an escape deeper into the world at hand. You can read all of them, some of them or toss them to the side in favor of action. To some, books are merely there to save them the hassle of leveling up lame tech trees. I have been collecting these books since I got the game on release. I currently own over 170 books and have only read, maybe, 40 of them and I am still finding them scattered over, under and across the vast landscape that is Skyrim. Some of this information you may already know. At the end of this will be a FAQ. I've noticed quite a few posts that are querying over books and their importance. Knowing Your Books There are several factors to consider when scouring a dungeon or a newly discovered town. The best thing you can do to increase your chances of finding books is to buy the spell, Candlelight. The lighting in most areas is very poor. You need this skill to avoid getting frustrated over staring at a black shadow while moving your mouse over every inch to make sure you didn't miss something. The books, in question, that are readable will have a brightish color as their covers. Having the spell will make it much easier to look at a desk or a bookshelf and pinpoint the book you would like to look at. Determining which books to look at can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. Any books that have a value of 50 or greater are books that grant you a bonus to one of your skills However, don't judge a book by its cover. . Anyway, some books can reveal locations on a map. An example of this is 'An Explorer's Guide to Skyrim'. When you open up that book, the top left of your screen pops out a 'Map Updated' status. Unfortuneatly, I've opened so many books that I can't recall any others that accomplish this. Common Places to Search I won't go into to much detail with this because there is no solution to all of it. The most common spots from my experience would be on a bookshelf(duh), on top of a table and behind a merchants' counter. The more trickier books to find are sometimes located on shrines out in the wilds. Known Books That Raise Skillin A-Z format 2920, Frostfall, v10 2920, Hearth Fire, v9 2920, Last Seed, v8 2920, MidYear, v6 2920, Morning Star, v1 2920, Rain's Hand, v4 2920, Sun's Dusk, v11 A Dance in Fire, v2 A Dance in Fire, v7 A Game at Dinner A Tragedy in Black Battle at Red Mountain Before the Ages of Man Catalogue of Weapon Enchantments De Rerum Dirennis Death Blow of Abernanint Herbalist's Guide to Skyrim Horror of Castle Xyr Incident at Necrom Legend of Krately House Liminal Bridges Mace Etiquette Mannimarco, King of Worms Mystery of Talara, part 4 Mystery of Talara, v2 Mystery of Talara, v3 Orsinum and the Orcs Racial Phylogeny Response to Bero's Speech Sithis Song of Hrormir The Armorer's Challenge The Art of War Magic The Black Arrow, v2 The Buying Game The Doors of Oblivion The Exodus The Gold Ribbon of Merit The Legendary Sancre Tor The Mirror The Rear Gaurd Thief Three Thieves Twin Secrets Warrior Words and Philosophy Withershins. FAQ/TL;DR What's the purpose of Books?They are there to allow a player to immerse himself in the game as much or as little as he/she wants. Books are also there to increase a skill level when read. How will I know which book to pick up? Theres so many!!!A book with a value of 50 or higher will let you know that it is a skill book. Picking up random books, just to look at them, isn't a bad idea. What happens if I miss a book inside of a dungeon?As far as I know, there are at least 2 copies of the skill books and tons of copies of the lower value books. If you wish to read all of them, you will have plenty of opportunities. What happens when you get convinced to start collecting?You spend 20 more hours in Skyrim. ha.. ha.. ha.. l_l_Z_l_l Do you need to actually keep a book to get the knowledge?No, opening the book will give you all the benefits. It's up to you wether or not you want to keep the book. Where is a master list of known books that raise skill?Skill Book : Locations thanks to PurpleShew Feel free to post any additional skill books that are not on the list, I will add them. Ask questions and I will add it plus the answer to the FAQ section. Lata!