When reading books to gain skills, do you have to read through the entire book to gain the skill, or will simply opening it give you the skill gain?

I haven't found any books that have given me any immediate benefits, so don't know if I haven't stumbled across any, or if I'm supposed to actually be paging through the whole thing.

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    One easy way to identify skill books is by their price. Ordinary books tend to be <10, skill books tend to be 50+ Nov 17, 2011 at 4:08
  • @DavidFullerton you can also tell by name too, such as Advances in Lockpicking.
    – Jim Jones
    Jan 4, 2016 at 0:10

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No you don't. You merely need to open the book to the first page.

You should read the whole thing though. The Lusty Argonian Maid is quite a ripping yarn.

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