File this under "You're kidding, right?" No, we're not kidding, and neither is this Reddit fellow, notadoctoreither, who posted snaps of his almost unbelievable (but no, we have pictures as proof) attempt to convert The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion's entire in-game collection of books into a Tome of Ultimate Geekness.
Mission accomplished! That's a picture of it up top. Yes, it's leather-bound. Yes, he printed the whole thing in full color (why spare that expense if you're pulling out the stops with leather binding?). And yes, it presumably includes everything found in the imaginary province of Cyrodiil, from The Biography of Barenziah (all three volumes) to The Lusty Argonian Maid.
If you've played the game, you know how much text we're talking. If you haven't, suffice to say Bethesda's into drumming up tons of source material. Really into it. As in "several novel's worth of material." And now we have physical proof.
So how do you print one for yourself? Advice: Don't. The writing's pretty Bulwer-Lytton, however much fans of the game (like me) gloss over the fact and get on with business. But if you must, the whole thing, including images and truetype fonts, is currently available here...which I suppose raises the question: Is posting the text of in-game books in full a violation of copyright?
Oblivion's fairly old in game years—it came out back in March 2006. Bethesda's next Elder Scrolls game, Skyrim, is due out this November 11.