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The Sims Edit
Sims will go to a bookcase to get books, but do not put them away. When a Sim is finished with a book, he or she will stand up and the book will simply disappear.
The Sims: Makin' MagicEdit
The Sims: Makin' Magic introduced a special cookbook that could be purchased in Buy mode. It came on a bookholder, but the book itself could not be removed from the holder. Sims can use the cookbook to look up and cook recipes for special foods, such as pie or cake. This is essential, as using the wrong recipes or the wrong combination of ingredients will always result in a burned, inedible mess.
The Sims 2 Edit
In The Sims 2, there are three books, a romance book, a study book, and a kids book. Sims can use them to study mechanical, cooking, or cleaning, to write in a diary, or to Read a Book, which increases the fun motive. Teens, adults and elders can read to toddlers and children. Young adults on college lots can research from books, which will raise their class performance. Sims who relax on a bed can read in bed, even if a bookcase is not in the same room; if FreeTime is installed, this will build Film and Literature enthusiasm. In The Sims 2: Apartment Life, child or teen Sims can be read to sleep by older Sims, within 1 hour after they get to bed.
When a Sim reads in bed, the book will disappear when they are finished, which is usually when the player cancels the action. Otherwise, books need to be put back in a bookcase, though it doesn't need to be the one they were taken from. Sloppy Sims will usually put books on nearby desks or tables, even if the bookcase is closer, and will put them on the floor if no desk or table is available. Books that have not been put away are clickable; a Sim can be directed to use the book, or to put it away. The player may also click on a bookshelf and select "Put Away All Books", which will direct the selected Sim to put away all books that are not being used. Maids will usually put books away, though a maid will occasionally leave a book lying on a table or floor.
Magazines can be bought and read to alter Sims' interests.
The Seasons expansion pack added Books First for Learning: A Bookshelf of Education as the career reward for the Education career. This bookshelf replaces the study book with "the Golden Book of Cornelius von Schtoop", which allows Sims to study any skill. Players should note that maids will not put away books from this bookshelf if Seasons is the latest expansion pack.[confirmation needed]
In FreeTime, six types of book are added for variety, and "Read..." replaces "Read a Book" in the pie menu. The types of book are Children, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Drama, and Cooking. This feature is carried forward into Apartment Life. Reading Cooking will increase Cuisine enthusiasm while other books will increase Film and Literature enthusiasm. Each book has a unique cover. Reading a Sci-Fi book depletes a Sim's hygiene quickly, a Cuisine book depletes a Sim's hunger quickly, while a Romance book increases a Sim's social need.
Novels are also available in The Sims 2. Sims can purchase 3 existing novels from bookcases on owned business lots in Open for Business. A novel purchased in this way will be in the Sim's inventory. When placing the novels, they will improperly lean on the table or floor, and after a Sim reads them, they will disappear. Sims can put them away in the bookcase, but they will just disappear in the bookcase as well. In FreeTime and Apartment Life, written novels can be customized, and are brought home by the delivery person, and can be read to fulfill the Read a Novel want. Only one copy of a written novel exists, so other families won't find it in their bookcase. The novel is only available if put in a bookcase. If the novel is deleted or given to another family, it will no longer be available in the bookcase, and cannot be retrieved.
The Sims 3 Edit
In The Sims 3, the book system was massively overhauled.
There are a variety of books in The Sims 3, including different genres and books with dramatically different properties such as skill books and compositions. There is a wide variety of possible book covers, and several different sizes. Generally, books have the following properties:
- Distinct genre/type cover
- Number of pages
There are a wide range of premade books that cannot be bought, but are instead gained through opportunities in work or adventures.
In The Sims 3: Into the Future, the books in Oasis Landing are E-Books.
Base Game General BooksEdit
Base Game Opportunity BooksEdit
|The Wright Papers||Business||225|
|The Goth Account||Business||301|
|Bloviation on Hyper Inflation||Business||212||3|
|You Are Special||Business||269||4|
|Woes of Whistleblowing||Business||359||6|
|Yay Tax Shelters!||Business||391||7|
|ABC's of Downsizing||Business||412||8|
|Dos and Don'ts of the Dons||Criminal||116||1|
|Adapting to the Wallet Environment||Criminal||183||2|
|From Goon to Guido: Thuggery Evolved||Criminal||191||3|
|Make Em' Pay||Criminal||202||4|
|Losing the Huckster Label||Criminal||245||5|
|Snake Oil and Other Sound Investment Strategies||Criminal||312||6|
|Making Yourself Indispensable||Criminal||403||8|
|The Mythical Hot Tin Roof||Criminal||475||9|
|Hostile Takeover: When to Make the Move||Criminal||512||10|
|Secrets of The Master Chef||Culinary||354|
|Street or Sidewalk?, A Cautionary Tale||Journalism||164||1|
|Faster Checking Through the Power of Word Processing!||Journalism||174||2|
|From Notepad to Laptop||Journalism||227||4|
|101 Ways to Be Vague||Journalism||395||5|
|The Finer Points of Yellow Journalism||Journalism||431||6|
|Fronts and Barometrics: Excellence Through Jargon||Journalism||568||7|
|(sic) and Its Use In Important Stories||Journalism||642||8|
|How To Fix It When News Breaks||Journalism||712||9|
|How to Avoid Concrete Shoes||Law Enforcement||139||1|
|More Out Than In: Maintaining Proper Desk Environment||Law Enforcement||181||2|
|Advanced Whistle Techniques||Law Enforcement||206||3|
|Protect, Serve And Look Good Doing It||Law Enforcement||224||4|
|Free Donuts and Other Great Leadership Tips||Law Enforcement||267||5|
|How Not to Be Seen||Law Enforcement||299||5|
|Keep 'Em Guessing||Law Enforcement||306||6|
|Effective Luminol Spraying Techniques||Law Enforcement||378||7|
|Avoiding Squint Jargon for Better Communication||Law Enforcement||444||8|
|The Gift of Life||Medical||222||1|
|Better Out Than In||Medical||175||2|
|Respecting the Ambulance||Medical||317||3|
|Blood Is Not Blue||Medical||197||4|
|The 36 Hour Shift And You||Medical||301||5|
|The Golden Hour||Medical||276||6|
|The ATGCs of Genetics||Medical||178||7|
|The Simmania Pandemic||Medical||255||8|
|Getting Out of the Pit||Military||150||1|
|Advanced Elbow Lubricant Techniques||Military||197||2|
|Learning to Speak Officer||Military||203||3|
|Learn to Fly In 21 Days||Military||277||4|
|Dealing With Whining From Engines and Pilots||Military||299||5|
|How to Take the Ugly for the Team||Military||375||6|
|Beyond the Aviator Glasses||Military||422||7|
|Coping With Geese and Vipers||Military||536||9|
|Getting Noticed in a Sea of Fans||Music||170||1|
|Life on the Hard Rocky Road||Music||187||2|
|Don't Upstage the Band||Music||199||3|
|Herding Cats: Music Edition||Music||214||4|
|Diamonds in the Rough||Music||256||5|
|It’s More than Rhyme Books||Music (Electronic Rock!)||19||6|
|True Symphonic Synergy||Music (Symphonic)||377||6|
|Developing Good Rock Habits||Music (Electronic Rock!)||8|
|Legends Of Rock||Music (Electronic Rock!)||9|
|Improving Conductivity Between Brass and Woodwinds||Music (Symphonic)||612||9|
|Wax Until There's No More||Politics||140||1|
|Cheating With Chads||Politics||170||2|
|The Joy of Smear Campaigning||Politics||192||3|
|There Is No "No"||Politics||216||4|
|An Earmark Economy||Politics||267||6|
|Yay Pork Barrels!||Politics||288||7|
|A Free Free Free World||Politics||401||9|
|When to Rave And When to Riot||Professional Sports||144||1|
|Making the Sale: From Hot Dogs to Foam Fingers||Professional Sports||151||2|
|Dealing With Difficult Players||Professional Sports||171||2|
|Bus Cramps: A Cautionary Tale||Professional Sports||218||4|
|Getting Past the Draft||Professional Sports||244||5|
|Name Positioning: Starting Your Brand||Professional Sports||304||6|
|It's More Than Good Moves||Professional Sports||364||7|
|Making Better Shoe Deals||Professional Sports||388||9|
|Avoiding the Downward Spiral||Professional Sports||412||10|
|Living With Mutation||Science||146||1|
|Dangerous Device Disposal||Science||178||2|
|Practical Science From Boast to Beaker||Science||208||3|
|Nitrates: They're Not Just for Bombs Anymore||Science||238||4|
|Strange Correlations of Little Shops and Venus||Science||274||5|
|When Pigs Fly, Going Too Far?||Science||326||6|
|Goldfish, Piranha and Other Friendly Creatures||Science||367||7|
|Advanced Deniability Procedures||Science||401||8|
|The Evolution of the Robo-Llama||Science||456||9|
World Adventures General BooksEdit
World Adventures Opportunity BooksEdit
|Questionable Romantic Foods|
|The Saga of the Three Relics |
Ambitions Opportunity BooksEdit
|How to Run Recess||Education||150||1|
|The ABCDFs of Grading||Education||190||2|
|Substitutes - There is no Substitute||Education||212||3|
|Molding Young Minds||Education||269||4|
|Teenage Rebellion and You||Education||310||5|
|Standardized Test Standards||Education||359||6|
|Designing the Perfect Syllabus||Education||391||7|
|The Principles of Principals||Education||412||8|
Ambitions Past BooksEdit
|Fire: Terrifying but Essential||Non-Fiction||Herg Mammoth Slayer||301||§751|
|Plague and Pestilence||Fiction||Sir Pembrook Pennington||244||§1,109|
|Men are From Tar Pits, Women from Sabertooth Den||Non-Fiction||Herg Mammoth Slayer||288||§1,188|
|To Hunt or to Gather?||Children's||Tug Tug||218||§1,376|
|1000 Ways to Stew Brontosaurus||Fiction||Thag||144||§1,484|
|Sul Sul: Trapped in Tar||Satire||Tug Tug||171||§1,569|
|Lady Veronica Farfleton and the Magical Harpsichord||Non-Fiction||Sir Nardone||120||§1,577|
|War and More War||Fiction||Sir Pembrook Pennington||304||§1,663|
|The Four Corners of the Earth||Humor||Thag||151||§1,945|
|The Fall of Atlantis.||Historical||Sir Nardone||401||§2,068|
Ambitions Future BooksEdit
|Mars Real Estate Dos and Don'ts||Children's||Grant Rodiek XXIV||178||§828|
|So Hot in Binary||Fantasy||Candace Worthington||350||§1,266|
|Blips and Bloops: A Thesis on Mechanics||Non-Fiction||Dr. Fizzleworth||170||§1,331|
|SimCity 7940 Tips and Tricks||Non-Fiction||RX2249 Jones||267||§1,552|
|Gone with the Solar Wind||Fiction||Dr. Fizzleworth||140||§1,611|
|Don't Tread on Me: A Robot Manifesto for Freedom||Non-Fiction||RX2249 Jones||234||§1,633|
|Farmed: A Legacy of Eight Billion Points||Fiction||Grant Rodiek XXIV||276||§1,655|
|Remembering the Internet: How the World was Changed||Non-Fiction||Lord 5000||192||§2,754|
|Signs You're a Clone||Non-Fiction||Candace Worthington||255||§2,769|
|The New Ice Age||Fantasy||Lord 5000||216||§2,975|
Late Night Opportunity BooksEdit
|How To Get Noticed by Not Being Seen||Film||150||1|
|Film's Most Mysterious Crew Member||Film||190||2|
|The Key to Being a Key Grip||Film||212||3|
|Dealing With Divas||Film||269||4|
|What To Do When Your Set Catches Fire||Film||310||5|
|Looking Into the Camera: Don't Do It||Film (Acting)||359||6|
|Panel By Panel: The Art of Storyboarding||Film (Directing)||359||6|
|How to Steal Scenes from the Lead Without Even Trying||Film (Acting)||412||8|
|Fade To Black and Other Overused Devices||Film (Directing)||412||9|
Supernatural General BooksEdit
University Life General BooksEdit
Sims learning the Writing skill can produce books, some of which are only accessible under certain conditions. Books produced by writer Sims will also be classified as either flops, normal, hit, or best seller. Sims rummaging through garbage will often find copies of flops. Books that Sims have written are available in the library, but can only be bought privately in multiple copies through a menu on a Sim's Writing skill journal.
Conditions for Getting Certain BooksEdit
|Genre||Requirement||Average Length||Expected Royalties||Royalty||Royalty / page||Approx. Income range||Bonus Trait|
|Fiction||Writing Skill Level 0||90||§||§137||§1.53||§20-130|
|Non-Fiction||Writing Skill Level 0||90||§||§137||§1.53||§20-130|
|Science Fiction||Writing Skill Level 1 or Level 0 with ComputerWhiz trait||150||§||§325||§2.17||up to §300+-||Computer Whiz, Genius|
|Trashy||Writing Skill Level 2 or Level 0 with Inappropriate trait||190||§||§395||§2.08|
|Drama||Writing Skill Level 3||305||§§||§858||§2.81||up to §600+-||Commitment Issues|
|Humor||Writing Skill Level 5 or Level 3 with Good Sense of Humor trait||345||§§||§1,388||§4.02||up to §550+-||Good Sense of Humour, Inappropriate, Mean Spirited|
|Mystery||Writing Skill Level 8||510||§§§||§1,633||§3.26||up to §1300+-||Genius|
|Romance||Writing Skill Level 10 or Level 5 with Hopeless Romantic trait||675||§§§§||§3,725||§5.52||up to §3100+-||Hopeless Romantic|
|Children's||Writing Skill Level 3 AND Painting skill Level 4||105||§||§450||§4.29||up to §460 approx||Artistic, Childish, Family Oriented|
|Historical||Writing Skill Level 6 AND Requires the Elder Age||505||§§§||§1,625||§3.25||§1,286 approx.||Perfectionist|
|Auto-Biography||3 Biography (From Skill Opportunity)||163||§§§||§813||§2.03||Charismatic, Unlucky, Daredevil, Insane, Kleptomaniac|
|Fantasy||3 Sci-Fi Books||440||§§§||§1,650||§3.75||up to §1350+-|
|Satire||3 Humor||350||§§§||§1,900||§5.43||Grumpy, Hot-Headed, Over-Emotional|
|Vaudeville||2 Sci-Fi, 2 Drama, 2 Humor, 2 Mystery, 2 Romance||1250||§§§§||§8,050||§6.44||up to §6,000+||Bookworm|
|Masterpiece||25 Novels||2000||§§§§§||§14,625||§7.31||§10,000 to §15,000+|
|Life Story||From Top Level Career Opportunity||400||§§§||§2,000||§5.00|
|Political Memoir(Political Life Story)||From Political Career Opportunity||400||§§§||§2,000||§5.00|
|Article (Story/Review)||Journalist Level 3||79||none||§218||§2.75|
|Report||Law Enforcement Level 4||??||none|
- Books with Asian-style covers[TS3:WA]
- Either travel to Shang Simla Market and buy one, or have a Sim with the Asian Culture hidden trait write books until they get one.
- Books with French-style covers[TS3:WA]
- Either travel to Circle of Knowledge Bookstore and buy one, or have a Sim with the French Culture hidden trait write books until they get one.
- Books with Egyptian-style covers[TS3:WA]
- Either travel to Al Simhara Market and buy one, or have a Sim with the Egyptian Culture hidden trait write books until they get one.
There several kinds of special books, all of which have properties beyond those of general books.
Skill books have three levels, and can be too easy - or too advanced - for Sims to read depending on their skill level. Sims can find basic skill books at the library, but more advanced books need to be bought at the bookstore or at a market. Level one skill books will raise a Sim's skill up to a maximum of level three.
Base Game Skill BooksEdit
World Adventures Skill BooksEdit
Ambitions Skill BooksEdit
|Inventing Vol. 1: Nuts and Bolts||0||§50|
|Inventing Vol. 2: Create & Detonate||3||§500|
|Inventing Vol. 3: Inside the Robot Mind||6||§750|
Late Night Skill BooksEdit
|Mixology Vol. 1: It's All in the Pour||0||§50|
|Mixology Vol. 2: Shaken or Stirred? That is the question!||3||§500|
|Mixology Vol. 3: Strategic drink mixing for professionals||6||§750|
Pets Skill BooksEdit
|Riding Vol. 1: Zen and the Art of Not Falling Off a Horse||0||180||§50|
|Riding Vol. 2: The Galloping Guru||3||201||§500|
|Riding Vol. 3: Sunsets and Other Fun Things to Ride Into||6||177||§750|
Supernatural Skill BooksEdit
|Alchemy Vol. 1: Alchemy Basic||0||199||§50|
|Alchemy Vol. 2: Secret Motions and Super Potions||3||204||§500|
|Alchemy Vol. 3: Omnimustericon: The Ultimate Book of Shadows||6||225||§750|
University Life Skill BooksEdit
Into the Future Skill BooksEdit
|Bot Building Vol. 1: Integrated Circuits and You||0||199||§50|
|Bot Building Vol. 2: A.I. for Dummies||3||203||§500|
|Bot Building Vol. 3: In Case of Uprising||6||225||§750|
Childhood Development BooksEdit
Childhood development books are mini-skill books for Toddler Sims.
Skills learned from these books will not appear in the skill panel until the Sim ages up, and Sims can only learn three points in any particular skill from these books.
Books written in the Children's genre do not have the same effects as these books.
Pregnancy books look like general books and can be used as such by non-pregnant Sims. However, if a Sim is pregnant then reading from these books improves the outcome of the pregnancy.
Better pregnancies make it more likely that a player can choose the new baby's traits at birth (bad pregancies result in random traits).
|Totally Preggers: An Expecting Mother's Tale||Non-Fiction||180||§200|
|Baby Incoming: Preparing with Vigilance||Non-Fiction||220||§300|
A composition is a book of sheet music that lets Sims learn new songs for the Guitar, Drums, Piano and Bass skills. Once a Sim finishes reading one of these books, it will disappear completely and need to be bought all over again for other Sims.
Base Game CompositionsEdit
Late Night CompositionsEdit
Into the Future CompositionsEdit
A recipe is a book that lets Sims learn new dishes for the Cooking skill.
Once a Sim finishes reading one of these books, it will disappear completely and need to be bought all over again for other Sims.
Base Game Recipe BooksEdit
World Adventures Recipe BooksEdit
Showtime Recipe BooksEdit
|Vegetarian Fish and Chips||3||45||§50|
|Fried Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwich||5||90||§250|
|Cheese Tofu Steak||5||90||§300|
|Tri-Tip Tofu Steak||8||135||§650|
Supernatural Recipe BooksEdit
Supernatural Alchemy Recipe BooksEdit
Reading bait books will teach baits for the Fishing skill.
Base Game Bait BooksEdit
World Adventures Bait BooksEdit
Supernatural Bait BooksEdit
|Toads, Salamanders, and Beyond: A Guide to Magical Fish||Mel Neilson||0||75||§150|
These types of books introduced in University Life exp. pack
- ↑ The FreeTime patch fixed the game so this occurs properly
- ↑ Sims could always "Write a Novel" on a home computer, but written novels did not exist as game objects prior to FreeTime.
- ↑ When this book is acquired through the adventure it will not stay in the Sim's inventory upon completion of the adventure, but if your Sim is in the book club they have a chance of receiving it in the mail.
- ↑ The amount listed is per payment per book
- ↑ Average weekly royalty of Bestseller book for quite experienced top-level writer in best mood and ideal trait/genre combination. May be +25-50% higher than actual non-optimal writer. Royalty depends on various factors. So these are just broad approximation. Mood of writer, genre, personal traits, reward, books written in the specific genre, and number of books author read, etc influence bestseller probability and royalty. The more books you write in the specific genre, more best-seller and higher royalty from the genre. Books written in different genre does not matter. So, specialization is important to get higher royalty.