Bethesda's latest Elder Scrolls game, Skyrim, is packed with a gee-whiz level of content that extends beyond basic RPG trimmings like swords, dungeons, and towns. It has its own history and fiction, most of which is recorded in dozens and dozens of books. We're huge fans of this specific element, as we think it really fleshes out the world, but there's a slight problem with the delivery method. Who has time to read books when they could be plundering a tomb or assassinating a political figures?

Here's an awesome solution: Capane.us has apparently cut and compiled all the game's books into ePub (and Kindle) format. With this file, we can read Skyrim's books safely out of the game and on iPads wherever we want. Heck, it even has a table of contents, which makes book browsing a breeze.

We're attempting to touch base with Bethesda to see if it's OK with this effort. Even if though it's not official, this is definitely a neat way to integrate Skyrim's world and a portion of the user experience onto iPad. We'd like to see more of this companion-y type of stuff in the future, for sure.

[Capane.us, via Joystiq]

  • http://twitter.com/rblalock Rick Blalock

    I'd be curious if Bethesda will allow this as well.  Very awesome

  • Nathan Explosion

    Something tells me Bethesda won't be kosher with this, but time will tell.

  • Anonymous

    If Bethesda had a clever marketing team, they would have bundled this in with a promotional app that also carries Skyrim news and helps you find locations to buy the game.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly.

    • Anonymous

      I didn't realize they needed help selling the game.

  • Anonymous

    I am assuming that by reading these in real life, I will level up my appropriate skills.

  • Anonymous

    Seriously guys I don't understand why are you spending that much time on online games. GO out, socialize, visit grandparents... there is so much more interesting, rather than playing all day long. It's ok to play an hour a day or so but all day long? That's a bit too much guys...

    • Sonny Whitaker

      That's what I do. I spend an hour or so playing then I get on with the rest of my life. It hasn't stopped me enjoying Skyrim (It's not an online game). All the gamers I know prioritize gaming below family and socializing.

      • http://www.searchofficespace.com Office Space

        Then I am in a right place, mate :)

    • http://profiles.google.com/marieahaughey Marie Haughey

      It's hard to tell how many gamers know how to manage their time and how many don't, but I like to think most do. I'll admit, I play games a few hours a night, most of the time. But I spend much more time with friends and family on the weekends. And since I'm only playing a game for a few hours, I don't sit there and read the in-game books. This is a good way for people to learn more about the world in bits and pieces, without devoting hours to finding and reading the books in game, not to mention reading them out of order if you only have v3 of something.

  • Sonny Whitaker

    I downloaded these on my Nook and I love it. I own the game, so I think I can legally carry these in my e-reader. Reading these on my own time really does add to the immersion of the game.

  • Anonymous

    Is it bad I'm excited about this? I want to learn more about the Dwemers.

  • http://twitter.com/MHaaskivi Magnakai Haaskivi

    Most of this stuff is available on uesp.net; I've been reading them in my spare time at work anyways, and I doubt Bethesda will shut this down unless they're planning something similar of their own. If Dragon Shout's okay, isn't this?