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Don't Starve recently had an update which added Books for Wickerbottom, the Librarian.

These books have various effects, some of which are really pretty over-powered. Her ability to instantly grow plants and farms, and her ability to summon Tentacles, both stand out as incredibly game breaking. Given the expensive cost of books (reeds being a risky venture to acquire), I'm curious if it's a one-time use, or if you keep that book permanently.

Are books a one-time use, permanent, or do they degrade over time?

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According to the Don't Starve wiki, different books have different durability and sanity costs:

  • Birds of the World - 3 use, 50 sanity
  • Applied Horticulture - 5 use, 33 sanity
  • Sleepytime Stories - 5 use, 33 sanity
  • The End is Nigh - 5 use, 33 sanity
  • On Tentacles - 5 use, 50 sanity

Remember that though Wickerbottom has a much higher maximum sanity than other characters, she also have greater difficulty in gaining it due to her insomnia.

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According to this forum, books can be used 5 times.

Book: consumes time (two fragments of the fragments in a don't starve day). Increases sanity but costs time and drains hunger. Crafted with two papyrus, one manure and one crow feather. This can be used 5 times. This cannot be used at night meaning that the character is probably too tired.

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    I don't think that actually answers the question. That appears to be from a "Suggestions" post, wherein a user suggested that books be a thing. – Niro Jul 2 '13 at 23:50
  • Yes but a later post in that thread mentions also, Wickerbottom already has books, which lead me to believe it is already set up like such. – Batophobia Jul 3 '13 at 4:05

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