What we know so far

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What we know so far

Minecraft Update 1.20 was announced a few days ago at Minecraft Live 2022. During the event, Mojang discussed several features that will be released alongside it, one of which is a new block called Chiseled Bookshelf.

The block will not only be interactive, but will also be activated by redstone. Players can thus create new types of gadgets using it.

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Aside from this, Mojang announced a lot more information about the Minecraft 1.20 update during its annual live show. However, this block will be one of the most fascinating to interact with.


Everything you need to know about Chiseled Bookshelves releasing in Minecraft 1.20 update

its shape and design.

It looks quite similar to regular bookshelves, with larger books in different colors (Image via Mojang)
It looks quite similar to regular bookshelves, with larger books in different colors (Image via Mojang)

During the Minecraft 1.20 update section of the live event, Mojang shared a few clips of the new chiseled bookshelf. These new blocks will look quite similar to normal bookshelves, but will have larger books and can only hold six in a block. These books will have different colors compared to those on a regular shelf.

Aside from that, other facets of the block have new types of designs, as opposed to the normal plank texture on normal shelves. In the past, we’ve seen players use unique blocks for decoration, even if they didn’t fall into the decoration category. So the developers seemed extremely excited to see how builders will use these new chiseled shelves.


How to use the block

Different types of books can be put in and taken out, just like a real bookshelf (Image via Mojang)
Different types of books can be put in and taken out, just like a real bookshelf (Image via Mojang)

Since bookshelves have been in the game for a long time, many players must have thought about using them in the proper way. Minecraft even has books that can be stored in these blocks.

Mojang finally released this feature with the chiseled bookshelves where players can store actual in-game books and retrieve them whenever they want.

New block: chiselled shelf. The chiseled bookshelf allows you to store and retrieve books, written books, enchanted books, and quills. Integrate redstone to make it the smartest bookshelf ever! In the overworld, at least. #MinecraftLive https://t.co/gC1OWDxTuy

Items like books and quills, and books and their enchanted versions can be stored in this new block. When users take one out, the texture will change to show an empty slot. There is no particular color code for the books stored in the block, so players will need to remember which types were added.

Additionally, these blocks can also send a redstone signal when a book is removed or added. This was shown during the live show where a player pulled out a book to reveal a secret door made from a redstone contraption.


Preparation of recipes and methods of obtaining.

Unfortunately, Mojand didn’t mention anything about crafting recipes or how to get them in-game. This was to be expected as such details are not usually broadcast during the live show.

Since the block is made from wooden planks and will have a redstone component, we can predict that these items will be used to craft the block.

Hopefully, fans will be able to explore these blocks soon enough, as Mojang will release Minecraft 1.20 update snapshots and beta previews in a couple of days.

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