Is there any way to take/steal a book without opening it?

I want to be able to pick up a skill book without gaining the skill, so that I can read it when I'm at a higher level in the skill, without having to remember where the book is, and go back to it later.

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I was thinking about that the other day. Based on an earlier experience I think you can do it with the help of a companion.

Ask a companion to do something and point him to the book. I think it'll say "Read the book" but do it anyway. He'll just pick/steal it and then take it from his inventory.

  • This is a very interesting answer, I'll do some testing to see if it works. I'm hoping that there's an answer that doesn't need a companion though, as I'm yet to find a companion who I like (need to find one with a high sneak skill).
    – Mr Smooth
    Nov 25, 2011 at 10:59
  • complete the dark brotherhood quest line and you'll have companions with high sneak.
    – ewanm89
    Nov 25, 2011 at 11:53
  • Ok, well since this works, and no-one has come up with an answer that can be achieved without a companion, I'm going to accept it.
    – Mr Smooth
    Dec 8, 2011 at 2:22

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