Skyrim – How to Duplicate Books Glitch

The amount of reading material in Skyrim is completely out of control — but the number of useful books is a whole different story. For every one skill book, there are twenty-five useless short stories that are only good for a fun distraction. A mighty adventurer needs mighty books, and lots of them. With this glitch you can duplicate any book you desire for money or skill points infinitely. Just give it a try, if you don’t want to mess with PC Console Commands or PC Item Codes.

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How to Duplicate Books Glitch

Glitch should be compatible with UNPATCHED versions of Skyrim — X-box 360, Playstation 3, and PC. Clear the cache or remove the patch in your HD files to get this glitch to function properly. WARNING: Patched versions will simply stop working.

  1. Before starting, you’ll need a few things. First, you’ll need a house with an alchemy lab, which you can find with our House Buying Guide. Second, you’ll need some books, which you can find with our Skill Book Locations guide.
  2. Any book will count, but skill books will help you level up whatever skill you need. Another useful and valuable book is the Oghma Infinium, which we can also help you find with our Daedric Prince Quest Locations guide.
  3. With a house ready and some books you want to duplicate, enter the alchemy lab and find your bookshelf.
  4. Activate the bookshelf and place the book you wish to duplicate inside. Leave the menu, and immediately activate the bookshelf again. You’ll want the book to physically appear on the bookshelf while you’re still in the bookshelf loot menu. If the book doesn’t appear, just wait until it does while you’re still in the bookshelf loot menu.
  5. Once the book appears, hovering just in front of the shelf, loot the book from the menu.
  6. Now you can close the loot menu. The physical book should still be on your shelf, letting you read and take it. This allows you to take the same book twice.
  7. Repeat as desired with any valuable books! Goodluck!

Did this glitch work for you? Having problems getting it to work? Leave us a comment!

*: Thanks to Jash in the comments for the information.

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15 Comments on Skyrim – How to Duplicate Books Glitch


On December 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm

This worked once and now my bookcase is unusable


On December 5, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Tried this, however game is now glitching and bookshelf cant be activated. Boo.


On December 6, 2011 at 1:03 am

Just remove the update (or clear the cache on the 360) to allow this bug/glitch to work. Bethesda broke the bookcases in the game with the patch to prevent ppl from cheating. I believe their fix (which actually breaks bookshelves entirely) is temporary until they can fix the glitch properly.


On December 8, 2011 at 8:04 pm

i tired to remove update but now i cant load my file on ps3, what do i do?


On December 13, 2011 at 10:19 am

I can’t load my file either.. Guess I can’t do the glitch :(


On December 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Yeah glitch don’t work but that’s not what makes game glitch cause my lol 54 no glitch is so laggy just from save being over 11mb


On December 24, 2011 at 10:12 pm

do you guys not read the warning before the directions?

mister werewolf

On January 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm

my xbox won’t work because of this glitch and the game’s broke this glitch is total ruddish he just wanted every one to do it so the consoles break


On January 2, 2012 at 11:09 pm

As it turns out it will glitch your game ONLY if your timing is off or grab multiple books. I’ve tried this multiple times, mostly resulting is my bookshelves emptying (destroying all the books, including the one I tried duplicating) and the game freezing. This was on a fairly old PS3 console that wasn’t patched. I have, however, gotten the glitch to work. You can only use skill books once before they can no longer increase skills with them, so this is pretty much for making many copies to sell. To prevent loss of data, be sure to save two separate files.


On January 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I actually stumbled across this by accident, I was doing the ohgma glitch and it was going painfully slowly so I started trying to do it quickly and ended up with 18 ohgma’s then did it all over again. But for best result get 18 (full white run bookcase) place them all back on the shelve and pick them up again then read one, put it on the shelf, read the next one, put it one the shelf. Boom rinse and repeat three times, insta level 81 and a half :)


On January 25, 2012 at 4:54 am

it works on my xbox 360 arcade.


On February 8, 2012 at 7:48 am

How do you know if your game is patched :s Im pretty useless a this stuff…


On February 20, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Just a warning… Bethesda has made so that if you save a game with the patches you will not be able to load that file until you have all the updates back on your system.


On March 22, 2012 at 8:34 am

Why do a glitch to multiply books you can get money alot faster by duplicatingarmor all you have to do is put armor you wish to duplicate on a maniqeun and don’t leave the loot menu and immediately take it back walk outside or go through loading screen go back to same room with manqeun and armor will be there you can change armor if you want to


On July 24, 2014 at 5:22 pm

So i found a weird way of duplicating books basically shove any book onto the bookshelf in the whiterun home then move all of them manually with the drag button then collect them from the bookshelf without taking then from the list and boom it duplicates it.