Learn about all the books in M&B Warband
📌 Are books worth it? 📌
Reference books provide the bonus by simply being in your inventory. You do not have to read them, but losing the book will result in losing the bonus.
Other books must be read, but the bonus is permanent. In order to read a book, go to the camp menu and choose “take an action”. From there, there is an option to “select a book to read”. Choosing that will allow you to pick one of the books in your inventory to read. From then on until you finish the book or switch books, you will slowly read the book while camping or staying in a town or village. Once the book is finished, you will receive a boost to a certain skill or attribute. These types of books require approximately 143 hours to read.
Bonuses can’t pass the 10 level limit of skills, so make sure you only level up to 9 in the skills for books you intend to read or keep as a reference.
Bonuses of reference books don’t stack and you can only read each book type once, although if you import a character who has read a book in a previous game, you can re-read the same book again in the new game.
It is important to remember that books can be taken from you if you lose a battle and that they can never be replaced if this happens. The only way to get a book back is if more than one copy existed at the beginning of the game (by starting as a University Student), if more than one Book Merchant has a copy of that book, or you may fight the party that took your book.