The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Trophies
Read 50 Skill Books

There’s no out and out shortcut with this one, you basically have to just keep reading as many books as you possibly can, hoping that they give you a skill point. That means reading books on desks and in book cases for the most part. Remember, you can read a book without stealing it and getting caught for stealing, so go into people’s houses and read as much as you can without actually putting the book in your inventory.

It’s probably worth nothing though that the Hitting The Books mission from the Urag gro-Shub sends you to get books from Fellglow Keep and upon returning them Urag will give you a handful of skill books in return for successfully completing it (provided you’ve not read them elsewhere). There’s also a library in The Arcanaeum inside the College of Winterhold as well, where you’ll find skill books.

Thanks to jamby, there is a Skill Book Guide at the end of the trophy guide. Please see it for the complete list of locations.

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User Comments
 Comment #1 by Alexander13w
Sunday, February 05, 2012 @ 10:37:38 AM

I did the oghma infinium glitch(so everything to 100), if I read one of those books they will not pop up the message that your skill is increased or they will???

 Comment #2 by Alexander13w
Sunday, February 05, 2012 @ 10:40:44 AM

I did the oghma infinium glitch(so everything to 100), if I read one of those books they will not pop up the message that your skill is increased or they will???

 Comment #3 by ColdyLocks
Sunday, March 04, 2012 @ 12:56:15 AM

Here's an easy guide to where they all are

 Comment #4 by JimMcJim
Saturday, April 14, 2012 @ 11:11:00 AM

Even if a skill is already at 100, reading its associated skill book does still count towards the trophy. You do not see a message telling you the skill has increased.

 Comment #5 by itzknickknac
Wednesday, May 09, 2012 @ 12:34:28 AM

There are skill books and then there are just books. Just to clarify I have to read 50 skill books for this trophy, am I correct?

 Comment #6 by pierro118
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 12:44:18 AM

For everyone that want to get this trophy, follow this guide, it's awesome in my opinion and is the only one I was able to follow correctly :

To answer some questions, the infinium glitch doesn't work to read 50 books, it count for one. It needs to be 50 differents books.

@5, yes. The kind of book that you read the cover and get knowledge of it (aka a level up in a skill). If one of your skills is at 100, the message of you getting a level up in it won't pop up, but will still count toward this trophy, like @4 said.

 Comment #7 by Dragore
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 @ 10:48:13 AM

i cant believe it but this is the last trophy i need for platty

 Comment #8 by iMegalomania
Saturday, December 01, 2012 @ 01:29:50 AM

Read books with a value above 50 for skill points

 Comment #9 by Moshuadeath
Friday, January 18, 2013 @ 05:18:53 PM

How about this.. It doesn't fucking work, it doesn't count towards your number read. I will have to start a new game just for this faggot ass trophy. I began following the guides for this trophy and I am still stuck at 29 books read.

 Comment #10 by Moshuadeath
Friday, January 18, 2013 @ 05:48:37 PM

It HAS to increase your skill to count. Mother fuckers getting my hopes up and shit. So fucking pissed off.

 Comment #11 by Moshuadeath
Saturday, January 19, 2013 @ 04:37:14 AM

T_T... It's just my game save that is having the issue, wtf... Did the Infinium glitch on my little brother's account and he was still able to get the trophy... This is heart wrenching... ok ko to post number 3, my b.

 Comment #12 by CalebHammett
Saturday, November 30, 2013 @ 12:20:22 AM

It doesn't have to increase, all you need to do is read 50 skill books. I used the Oghma Infinium glitch and I still got the trophy. An easy way to tell if a book is a skill book is that the value of the normal books are mostly from 1 - 20 gold, whereas the skill books are generally a tad more valuable, around the 50 gold mark.

 Comment #13 by Eternal21
Saturday, December 21, 2013 @ 04:32:25 PM

Here's a good guide that lists them in proximity order:

 Comment #14 by MasterStief89
Monday, June 15, 2015 @ 12:17:17 PM

This was the last one I needed for the platinum and that was so annoying.

It's like you are the most powerful being in existence, but too dumb to read. I found the same books over and over for like 5 hours straight until I got this one.

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Game Info


US November 11, 2011
Europe November 11, 2011
Japan December 08, 2011

Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080i
Sound: Dolby Digital
Players: 1
ESRB: Mature
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