In Revelations there are bookstores sprinkled around the map. You can buy treasure maps at bookstores - very useful. You can also buy books at bookstores - less useful, I think. Is there any reason to collect books (other than the simple pursuit of 100%)?

  • If you go to the hideout and "investigate" a book, you will get a short description. Just like there were short descriptions about the paintings in AC 2 - a mini lesson in art history. Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 19:55

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They are kind of like the paintings from Assassin's Creed II and Brotherhood: there is no real in-game point to them beyond filling up a room at the hideout. You can't read them or interact with them in any way other than getting some information about the book and its author.

You do get an achievement for buying all the books from every city and doing the Niccolo Polo book missions, but that's about it.

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    Just want to point out too that you will need to go to the Cappadocia, to get 3 books there for 350k if you want the acheivement.
    – Fredy31
    Commented Nov 28, 2011 at 4:42
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    Paintings in Assassin's Creed II did have a purpose - they increased the value of your city.
    – Shinrai
    Commented Nov 28, 2011 at 16:12
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    @Shinrai As in, added to the income? Man, I've been missing out on an income source then. :)
    – Adam Lear
    Commented Nov 28, 2011 at 16:16
  • Yes; they were actually worth a fairly good chunk of cash. They didn't do anything in AC:B, though.
    – Shinrai
    Commented Nov 28, 2011 at 16:34
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    @Kip those logos mean that when you're buying any item in an Assassin-controlled area, you get 15% off the price you'd pay if you were buying them in a Templar-controlled area (like Cappadocia). See this question.
    – hairboat
    Commented Jan 10, 2012 at 14:57

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