Book Covers Skyrim by DanielCoffey and doccdr
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Added: 29/04/2013 - 10:37PM
Updated: 10/03/2014 - 07:06PM

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Uploaded by DanielCoffey


Last updated at 19:06, 10 Mar 2014 Uploaded at 22:37, 29 Apr 2013

Version 2.8 LEGENDARY is now available. In order to update to the new version, you MUST have vanilla Skyrim and ALL THREE DLC. The key updates in this release are...

- Half-sized normals for the World view of all Books and Journals
- Brand new re-UVmapped meshes for all Books and Journals
- New Vertex Shading (fake shadows) on all Books and Journals
- Differing sizes for the Inventory view of all Books. You can now easily tell the difference between large and small books.
- Unofficial Skyrim Patch compatibility has been updated

Players still using the old 2.6 Separate ESP version can also take advantage of the new meshes and textures as I have created appropriate downloads for those versions.

The BCS Compatibility Patch Collection now resides on its own page on the Nexus and will be updated separately. While it does contain the old Compatibility Patch for Book Covers Skyrim version 2.6, all future versions of the Compatibility Patch Collection will support the most recent version of Book Covers Skyrim only.

Compatibility Patches are available for REQUIEM, BSQBN, SKYRE (all languages), BSQBN+SKYRE, TCIY, ASM, OB, CCOR, NASB, RSM, RBA and RALSS.

- Qotsafans Compatibility Patches is NOT COMPATIBLE with this mod as it is abandoned and out of date. Do not use the Qotsafans - Book Covers compatibility patch or the Qotsafans All-In-One Patch as it will cause your game to crash.

- Skyrim Legendary Edition
- Original or Desaturated textures
- BSA only

- Unofficial Skyrim Patch
- Unofficial Dawnguard Patch
- Unofficial Hearthfire Patch
- Unofficial Dragonborn Patch

- English (default)

- Czech
- English
- French
- German
- Italian
- Russian
- Polish
- Spanish

- Book Covers Skyrim is registered with BOSS which will sort it into the correct place in your Load Order. Place Sorting Mods above Books Covers Skyrim and Compatibility Patches below it.

- BAIN/FOMOD: Use either Wrye Bash or one of NMM or ModOrganizer to install the mod.
- Manual: Unpack the download with 7ZIP and move the Book Covers Skyrim.esp and Book Covers Skyrim.bsa to your Skyrim/Data directory and activate the ESP file.

- BAIN/FOMOD: Use either Wrye Bash or one of NMM or ModOrganizer to remove the mod.
- Manual: Remove the Book Covers Skyrim.esp and Book Covers Skyrim.bsa from your Skyrim/Data directory.

Book Covers Skyrim is a high quality retexture of all the readable books, journals, and notes in vanilla Skyrim and all three DLC. It gives each book and journal its own unique cover and adds many additional paper styles to the notes.

To help distinguish skill books from other books, they have had a star added to the spine of the book. Journals that are quest related have the clasp button changed to a brass button with the Skyrim logo embossed on it.

Some book names have been changed so that they fit better into the volume sets. The sizes of some of the books have been changed to make the volume sets consistent. Spell books have not been altered, and I have no plans to do so.

Known Compatibilities:

Skill Book Overhaul - MORE SKILL BOOKS
Unread Books Glow
Mark Books as Read
Tamriel Compendium
Books Books Books
Bookshelves Script SKSE (Requires SKSE)
Bookshelves Updated Script SKSE (requires SKSE)
Read Books Aloud by Chesko and Sjors Boomschors
Read And Learn Speechcraft Speech

Known Issues or Incompatibilities:

While the Unlimited Bookshelves mod does work under most circumstances, it must be loaded BEFORE Book Covers Skyrim as it edits several books that were missing Object Bounds data. The mod is no longer supported as its owner has been Banned from the Nexus. Please consider using Bookshelves Script SKSE instead.

Qotsafans Compatibility Patches is NOT COMPATIBLE with Book Covers Skyrim as it is abandoned and out of date. Do not use the Qotsafans - Book Covers compatibility patch or the Qotsafans All-In-One Patch as it will cause your game to crash.

Some users trying to install the mod using NMM are getting this error message. "A problem occurred during install: Exception of type 'System.OutOfMemoryException' was thrown. The mod was not installed." This is because NMM 32-bit has an issue activating mods with very large files inside of the archive. NMM 64-bit does not have the same limitation. If you have this problem you can either install the mod manually, or use one of the loose file versions.

This Mod changes the meshes, textures and some names of the books in Skyrim. Any other Mod that does similar may be incompatible. If you notice conflicts in the game place Book Covers Skyrim.esp lower in the load order.

If you've placed books on your own shelves in your home, you may find that some books may stick together or move slightly when you first install Book Covers. This is because I changed the sizes of a few books and this changes the havoc settings of the book. This is easily fixed by placing the book in your inventory and then replacing it to the same shelf.

A Final Comment on the Literacy of Nirn:

For those of you who don't think the books are old enough or not medieval enough, or look too modern I offer the following:

Nirn is not medieval Earth. There are far more differences than similarities. On Nirn, strong protective armor can be made of glass. Ebony is a metal rather than wood. Trolls and Ice Wraiths roam about killing people. Clothes can be purchased off-the-rack rather than being handmade for individuals. Vampires, Werewolves, Lizard People, and Cat People are real, not legends. And that's even before you get to the magic.

On Earth during medieval times, books could not be mass produced. There was no printing press. Monks spent their whole lives copying books by hand. Most people were illiterate, and only the very rich and the church itself owned books of any kind. Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in the mid 1400's and moved the world from the Medieval Dark Ages to the Enlightenment of the Renaissance.

On Nirn, most people are literate (they write notes and shopping lists, inkwells and quill pens exist in vast supply) and even the poor own books. Shelves are lined with them. You find books everywhere. The shops, homes, caves, forts, and even prisons in Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim have books everywhere. They aren't rare and they aren't expensive. The towns in Oblivion had bookstores. BOOKSTORES!! SHELVES LINED WITH BOOKS!!! Medieval Earth certainly did not have that. The children in the orphanage in Riften have books, demonstrating that they are being taught to read. Imagine that! Orphans being taught to read! That never happened in Medieval Earth. The books of Nirn are bound and dispensed in a way that indicates mass production. Although you may not see a printing press. It's there somewhere. So if one really takes time to analyze the Literary Culture of Nirn, it is much more similar to Colonial America or Victorian England than it is to Medieval Earth.

Bethesda Softworks for the original artwork.
Lisa Laughy. for Original line art for "Children of the Sky"
Phoenix Amon (Daleth), without Book Jackets: Oblivion this mod would not exist.
Grimbot for Grimbots DLC Book Jackets for Oblivion
Metallicow for his book textures and his resources...
Grugnak by Peter Seckler

Chaky2 for developing the initial installation FOMOD scripts.
Malinoric for developing the initial BAIN Installation Wizard.
mcguffin for developing TESVTranslator which is helping keep the Localized versions of the mod up to date.

InsanitySorrow for Red Eagle's Bane/Fury Graphic from Unique Uniques used on the cover of "Legend of Red Eagle" with permission. for the Free Stock worn book cover textures.
Best0for0Last for the Rose Quill Pen used on Feyfolken Volumes 1 to 3
Moonlight-The-Wolf for the Casanova Rose on A Gentleman's Guide to Whiterun. This was custom art created specifically for this book.
Falln-Stock for the bloody handprints on A Kiss, Sweet Mother
Spiritsighs for Photoshop Brushes
Skunky123 for permission to use his 4K Giant Skin texture on Ode to the Tundrastriders
FullmetalDevil for the Yin Yang Celtic Dragon on The Song of Hrormir
Corfus for permission to use a screenshot for the cover of The Wispmother
Dawbun for the Celtic Ravens used on the covers of Songs of the Return.
Lupas-Deva for the vector Wolf used on the cover of Thirsk, A Revised History.
Boyingopaw on Brusheezy for the Stitch Brushes used on journal covers
MonsteractiveBlog for a selection of distressed leather textures used on journal covers
Jaqx-textures for leather stock used on journal covers for grunge fabric and leather textures used on journal covers
inmateOfmymind for the blood brushes used on various journals including the Butcher's
Synchronetta for splatter brushes for water stains
Alharaca for leather stock
PikKatze for the fish scales texture
FantasyStock for the fabric texture on Karan's Journal
Kiso-Myruso-Stock for misc fabric textures
Myruso-Stock for misc fabric textures for various fabric stock
Geverto for paper stock
annfrost-stock for paper stock
poisondropstock for paper stock
firesign24-7 for paper stock
esther-sanz for paper stock
smashmethod for paper stock
s3ptic-stock for paper stock
knald for paper stock
N-A-R-I for pencil brushes used on Treasure Maps
emptysamurai for textures used on Dark Brotherhood and Black Briar Mead notes
ofruin-stock for paper stock. WRITTEN PERMISSION OBTAINED for use outside deviantART
Faelivren for alchemy brushes used on Notes
Sirjumala for alchemy brushes used on Notes
TheLazyFox for alchemy brushes used on Notes for illuminated borders on Bordered Notes 01 to 13 and Mythic Dawn Museum Invitation
Designs of the Nords by KEWB1144 for Hold Banners used on the Hold Notes

You don't need ask me for permission to use the contents of this mod for any reason. You have it.

You can add to, subtract from, alter, enhance, embellish, patch, improve to your hearts content. This is meant to be a starting point for others to improve on, not an end all be all mod. I only request three things in return...

1) You acknowledge the work I've done, and the work of those that I have credited. Rome was not built in a day and neither are mods. We all stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. Give credit where it is due.

2) Let me know what you have done. I am excited to see what more talented people than I can do to improve this mod.

3) Keep the distribution on the NEXUS Network. I am not a big fan of Steam. I like complete control of my computer. Steam feels to much like Orwell's "Big Brother". I tolerate it but I don't like it. My heart and soul are with the NEXUS community, it's creators, and it's contributors. I appreciate all that they have done to enhance the games I love to play. This is my way of saying Thank You.