My question is how long would you be reading in order to effect skills. Will it be fallout style and you just use the book and automatically gain it? I would like to see actual time needed in order to gain the benefit from it. Though nothing like an hour, but maybe 5-20 minutes.
Why not have books as a mental health balance and not just "read this book be more gooder at s**t" skill based stuff.
The reason I've been so enthralled with this game is it's mental health attributes (which I feel would be one of the largest factors in surviving the apocalypse) so the more things we have to help fight depression and, eventually, death the better the system could be. Being cold/damp/hungry/lonely/unhappy all these things would make you want to end it, but books, good food (as mentioned in my forum post), company and games could make you feel better about the s**thole you are living in.
Still have books as a skill curve, reading books to learn about edible plants, cooking recipes, crafting options and suchlike would make them valuable commodities, preventing the only trade being in bullets (of varying velocity)
it should be so that you can craft anything in the book if the book is in your inventory and after having the book in your inventory for about 30 min you can remember some of it without having to book in your inventory, having it in your inventory for an hour lets you remember more and having it in your inventory for 2 hours you can remember everything even when the book isnt in your inventory
Read books to get better at shiz sounds dandy- advances a set of basic crafting ideas you have at the beginning.
Maybe weapons can do more slightly more damage or defenses last slightly longer the more you read and learn.
IF there is no power and there is a Mental Stability meter you gotta Sims that s**t. You gotta have fun and stay amused so you don't go crazy in a messed up zombie infested world. You can't play video games or watch TV though. So what CAN you do for stimulation? Read a book. Ta-da! Mental Stability management.