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What books increase skills?

There is a lot of books, I'm only interested in them for skills.

How to know what books will give you any skill?

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Without looking it up I tend to judge them on their value. i.e. books worth 50 gold (or more) more often than not tend to level me up. The ones worth less don't. –  IttyBrittyGirlGamer Nov 18 '11 at 22:12
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In short you can't. A certain rule of thumb might be that the more expensive book, the more likely it is to level you up. No guaranteed approach though. You should just go opening+closing the interesting books

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expensive books has been very reliable for me –  David Fullerton Nov 18 '11 at 22:24
    
It's proven reliable for me as well. I do believe I've come across one expensive book which didn't give me a skill point, but it did give me a quest. –  Wipqozn Nov 18 '11 at 22:33
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Agree with above most books worth 25+ septums will have a chance at leveling a skill. (this is the same as it was in oblivion although the books tend to be worth less IMO) and it never hurts to try also if your a thief and you know about shadowmarks I have found many marked contain a book

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