The Meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything.
CAUTION! With the addition of Books as of Minecraft 1.3.1, Most of this Content is Obsolete. However, it is still a good read (In my Opinion).
In the world of Minecraft, Humans have accomplished many grand feats. From farming the land and taming the wild, the creation of art and music, to the magic of Red-Stone circuits. Humanities accomplishments have grown and grown, and now it is time to catalog our achievements. The age of the written word is upon us.
The use of Books as of Beta 1.4:
Books only serve one purpose, to create Bookshelves :bookshelf:. These items are primarily used for decoration, but beyond that, there is much that can be expanded.
My Suggestion on the use of Books:
When holding a book, a player can face a horizontal surface and right click. Doing so places the book on the surface face up, the bottom of the book is facing the player, and the spine is facing to the left. Books will be 0.30 meters high.
The player may either break the book to get it back, or right click it once more, this will enter the Book's Interface Screen.
At the top will be a Title field with a limit of 30 Characters.
Once a Title has been given to the book, the book can no longer be stacked with other books, even books who share the same Title. This Title will show up in the player's inventory if the Book is broken and picked up. When a book is broken, it retains all information held within.
Below the Title Field is the Text field, where the bulk of the information is held. The Text Field can hold a maximum of 800 Characters. Along with the standard Text of the Key Board, the Text Field will have a Bold, Italic, and Underline function. On top of that, there will be an "Emoticon" Area, that will hold standard Faces for Emotion, but will also hold small images of Every Single Item in the game. These Item Images will allow players to record Recipes and other information about Minecraft.
Just found 2 and 64 :Coal:, I put them in the under the 3rd next to your garden. I know you need them. Consider this as payment for your help with my Red-Stone Project.
Once text has been given to the book, the book can no longer be stacked with other books, even books who share the same text. When a book is broken, it retains all information held within.
Below the Text Field are three buttons. | Edit | Set Protection | Leave |
The Edit Button will allow the player to edit the Title and Text of the book.
The Set Protection Button will bring up another Interface, allowing the Player to set Passwords to the book, and how those Passwords interacts with the book. There are three passwords that can be set.
Editing Password: This Password protects form other players editing the text, and griefing the knowledge within. Reading Password: This Password protects form other players reading the text within, protecting valuable or personal information from the eyes of others. Breaking Password: This Password protects form other players stealing the book.
All three passwords can be different, the same, or nothing at all.
Alternate Idea to Book Interface: Quill and Ink:Credit goes to: arirish
A Quill and Ink will be crafted using a Feather, A Bowl, and an Inksack
  
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Instead of an Edit Button to Edit the Book, right clicking the book with the Quill and Ink in hand will open the Editing Interface (Assuming password is input correctly, if necessary)
Right Clicking the book with any other object in hand will open the Reading Interface (Assuming password is input correctly, if necessary). /Credit goes to: arirish
The Age of Knowledge:
In ancient times, books had to be scribed in order to copy the information held within. This process was long, difficult, and vulnerable to the errors of the human scribes.
This will not be a problem for Minecraft Books. Once a player has input the Editing Password into a book (if necessary), there will be three buttons. | Cut | Copy | Paste |
These functions will go directly to the players Clipboard on their computer, allowing them to copy text from a website or text document and paste it into the Minecraft Book. Copying and pasting text from book to book is also just as easy.
The shortcut commands Ctrl+X (Cut) Ctrl+C (Copy) Ctrl+V (Paste) will also work.
These Functions will be akin to the age of the Printing Press, allowing multiple copies of books to be all over the Minecraft World!
Bookshelves, A book's bedroom:
When Crafting a Bookshelf and placing it in a location, right clicking the Bookshelf will open an Interface. The Bookshelf comes with three inventory slots with one empty book in each. These slots can also hold other Minecraft Items if the player desires.
Right clicking the top of a Bookshelf will do nothing, allowing the player to place a book on top of the Bookshelf for editing or reading.
The above image is one coherent rant between two people on my server. With the addition of this Book System, players will be able to present their ideas to others without the need for massive wall space and tons of wood. With the addition of a Cut/Copy/Paste system, players can Spell Check their works before presenting their ideas.
This will further expand the knowledge of the players, and allow for ideas and concepts to be recorded and shared between the players, even when a player is not physically on.
Knowledge is a powerful tool, more powerful than all the Diamond Pickaxes, Diamond Swords, and TNT combined. Allowing players to record information will add depth to the game, and add new uses to Items that already exist within Minecraft. Books not only allow players to record and share information, but also add a new decorative item for their homes.
lol. To expand, a quill and ink would be crafted with a feather, ink sac, and probably bowl. Right-clicking a placed book while holding one would allow you access to the writing options (assuming it was unlocked etc); clicking with anything else would only allow you to read it (assuming unlocked).
Permission to use this idea in the main idea above?
I will credit you in the Original Post.
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