Some of the books in Skyrim are separated into multiple volumes, for example "The Wolf Queen". Is there any benefit gained from reading all the books in the series, or from holding them all at the same time, etc?


No. Unfortunately, not all books are of value to character development. Some people might give you a quest for a certain book other then that the book either does or doesn't bump your stats immediately. Most books like the Wolf Queen series just offer some background history to Tamriel.

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    Would just like to add that there might be some book in the collection that actually gives you skill increase like some volume 7 of something. But besides that collecting everything is pretty worthless unless you actually planning on reading them.
    – Mugen
    Nov 26 '11 at 16:56

There is no mechanical benefit from collecting all the volumes of a series of books.

There are a couple of ways someone could otherwise benefit:

  1. Collectors get a profound sense of satisfaction from completing a set.
  2. Reading the entire set gives the entire story around a particular bit of Elder Scrolls lore. In TES games the designers go to sometimes impressive lengths to make the events around your character relevant to the ancient history of the world, so having the background knowledge can significantly increase the enjoyment of the game's quests.

I get a little bit of #1, but I find #2 really makes a difference sometimes. It was some books on Tamrielic creation myths and on the history of the Great War that made me decide I really hate the Thalmor, and I haven't even met one in game yet. When I do, it will be really interesting to see whether the Thalmor have earned it, or if my character will have to rethink her understanding of the War.

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