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Book bindings can be made from wood, stone, metal, and glass. Both wood and stone bindings are made at a craftsdwarf's workshop, metal bindings are shaped at a metalsmith's forge, and glass bindings are created at a glass furnace.
Written books can be found under "codices" in theStocks screen and in the Artifacts screen.
One must be a Reader of at least Novice skill in order to read a book.
Books on necromancy are found sitting on tables in the tower or keep of the entity that wrote them.
If a Necromancer visits your fortress, he may bring books with him. Books with secrets in them are considered artifacts; they will appear on your fortress's Artifacts list and may be stored in stockpiles that allow artifact-quality finished goods.
Some books may contain "secrets of life and death", which when read by an adventurer will make him a necromancer—immune to death from age, free from the mortal concerns of sleep, hunger and thirst, and able to raise zombies. An adventurer who has learned the secrets of life and death CAN write his own books containing the secrets of life and death, and can thus spread necromancy. This makes it possible to attack a Tower in Adventure Mode, read the slab containing the secrets, go to your retired fort, and write a book on the secrets of life and death there. When you unretire the fort, it will only be a matter of time before everyone in the fort is a necromancer.
Scholarly books include topics on mathematics, philosophy, history, geography, medical science, natural science, astronomy, engineering, and chemistry.
Within each topic there are "knowledge branches".
Civilizations practice different forms of scholarship. Dwarves practice all forms of scholarship (while still preferring craftsdwarfship to books), elves do elfy stuff, and for humans it is randomized for each instance of civilization (scholar types are based on the civilization's values and jobs).
Books may be autobiographies, or about other historical characters or locations the author has had contact with. Books may also be commentaries on other books.
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