Skyrim Modder Turns All Books Into Skill Books

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The land of Skyrim is home to a smorgasbord of iconic landscapes and beautiful vistas, but it also has some treats in store for those who prefer the indoors.

Whether your character’s impetus for being a recluse is having caught a nasty disease or simply the avoidance of rude NPCs or despicable minions, there are plenty of activities to engage in from the comfort of your own Breezehome.

One of these is reading the vast array of in-game books you can buy or pick up during your adventures and, thanks to a new mod, sitting down for a page flipping session is now more rewarding than ever before.

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The mod that delivers this change is called ‘All Books Are Skillbooks’ and is the work of modder VitamineD, whose previous work includes adding the ability to disassemble armours and junk into crafting items and making old-school Skyrim’s Sovngarde more swanky.

Now, however, they’ve used their modding powers to make the dreams of bookworms everywhere come true, via a mod which makes all 300 of the game’s tomes dispense a skill point to your character.

All of the skills increased are tailored to the contents of the book, with VitamineD revealing: “I've read all of the books and tried to assign a proper skill to it. In some cases it was difficult, because the story of some books didn't really match any of the available Skyrim skills, so sometimes I had to pick the least inappropriate skill for the book.”

In practice, this means that if you’re reading the tale of a warrior like Ysgramor, you’ll likely gain some extra two-handed weapon or heavy armour skills, or, if you’re reading The Lusty Argonian Maid, your one-handed skill will improve because of memes.

Meanwhile, if you pick up a volume that was a skill book in either Oblivion or Morrowind, the skill it’ll improve will be the same one that it did in those games.

The mod is also compatible with a lot of the existing Skyrim mods related to books, such as modder DanielCoffey’s ‘Book Covers Skyrim’ or duggelz’s ‘Unread Books Glow SSE’.

On the other hand, if you’re running a mod that alters the text or weight of any books, you might see a few teething issues.

So, make a cup of tea, get comfy, grab a good book, and make sure to follow us for more updates on The Elder Scrolls 6 and the wacky world of Skyrim modding.