The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Improved Skill Books
Category: Books
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Feb 8, 2012 @ 8:46pm
Feb 15, 2012 @ 4:00pm
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Improved Skill Books

Appends the skill improved to the name of every skill book, and loots skill books to your inventory without reading so you can save them for later.

By popular request, I added a script to every skill book that allows you to loot it without reading. You can still read the book in your inventory for the requisite skill boost. If your save is already in a cell that contains a skill book, you need to go outside and come back in for the script to take effect.
If you prefer the "classic" style of being able to read books without looting them, you can use the old version here:
Please use only one or the other or they will conflict.

In Skyrim, I always try to minimize leveling of skills I am not using. To that end, this is an ease-of-use addon which will append to the end of ALL skill book titles the name of the skill improved in parentheses. "The Refugees" becomes "The Refugees (Light Armor)", "Night Falls on Sentinel" becomes "Night Falls on Sentinel (One-handed)" etc.
I imagine it will be similarly useful if you are the type to avoid books for skills until you get to the 90-95 range to make those last few grueling points that much easier.

Please note that this mod is English only. The script and such should still function in other languages but all the skill books will have English titles and contents.
If you have any other mods which edit the same books they will likely also conflict, only the last loaded will probably function.

This addon is also available on Skyrim Nexus:

By popular request, I have also made Improved Quest Books here:
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bambon2003 Oct 29 @ 5:15am 
is it compatible with unread books glow (when only skill-books glow)?
Sludgeman Jun 7 @ 9:07am 
I'm seeing a bug where the titles are changed, but it still reads the books on pickup.
Rainoa Oct 30, 2016 @ 5:04pm 
why the hell would u uninstall this mod... also hopping for a port to SSE
Hadu Jul 27, 2016 @ 1:48am 
don't download this shit after you uninstall this mod you will can't read any book!!!!!!
GK Ghima Jul 2, 2016 @ 5:04pm 
I've noticed a weird bug when you activate a Skill Book that is owned (e.g. taking it is stealing). I'm not sure why, but the book is permanently marked as stolen. As in, no amount of selling and buying back will remove it.
UncurlingSix Jun 19, 2016 @ 12:41pm 
A simple yet helpful mod. I love it
Asayake Dec 9, 2015 @ 5:01pm 
doesn't seem to be working for me. Don't have any other book mods installed. Do have other mods (horse armour/speed, minipets,amazingfollowers) its at the end of load order, changing it around has no affect. possible an update somewhere has bugged it? will try old version and see if its any better. (tho was planning to use it for the quick no-reading-book-theiving :p)
Fayde Aug 5, 2015 @ 1:34am 
How is this mod working now, guys'n'gals?
Fantastic idea, elGrecoLoco
Wendersnaven Jul 26, 2015 @ 4:39am 
I just did a fresh install and downsized my mods, but this doesn't seem to be working for me either. I do have the item sorting mods by Saige, from the Workshop.

I put this and the quest book mod at the bottom of the load order, right after the official esp's. Then I tried putting them last, after the item sorters. I had no results for either.

I am in the first dungeon where you get the Golden Claw. There is a thief skill book on the table. It is labelled and bracketed (Pickpocket) which makes me think the mod is working- but there is no option to pick it up. I've tried leaving the cell then re-entering and it didn't change. Tried without item sortering mods loaded, and still the same. I don't even use the unread book mod anymore- too much imersion breakage. Could it be the individual book placement within the cell? Thx in advance.
MrGribi Jan 30, 2015 @ 2:47pm 
"I'c used this excellent mod for ages now, then all of a sudden it has stopped "working" on - some - books. Not all of the, just some?"
I have the same problem, i have book glow and i have this at the bottom of the list, always worked up till now, though i've noticed that leaving and re-entering the area with the book solves the problem (you should save before picking any book tho)