This mod makes placing books on shelves easier. It uses a series of spells to automate the task for you.
Book Placement is a utility mod to take the work out of placing books on shelves in your own home. Cast spells to stand books upright or stack them any way you like, lock them in place, and restore them to the places you had them if they get knocked around later.
* What's new in Version 2.0
This mod has passed through too many hands for me to even attempt a full history. Version 2 makes use of the mod more natural and less clicky.
Descriptive names are used for the rotation options rather than numbers. Options to place the books for stacking now exist. There is an option to allow you to place books at more natural angles (for instance preserve the way a books has tipped over, but put it on another shelf). While placing books, they will keep their orientation relative to the player similar to the way Book Rotate for Morrowind worked. This feature can be toggled off. You can Lock all books in place or Release all books with a single click rather than setting the options for each book individually.
No vendors or containers are modified in this version. Instead, the Treatise (spellbook) is added to the vendors through a script. This should reduce the chance of conflicts with other mods. It's a slim trim esm file so your game isn't loading a bunch of rubbish that another mod would just overwrite anyway.
Extract the archive in your Data folder. It contains 3 files: bookplacing.esm, Book Placement v2.esp and the readme.
bookplacing.esm is the base file. All users need to activate this file. Do not rename it. Since it is an ESM, other files rely on it and will call it by name. If you want to add placement abilities to books in other mods, use this esm as a hook. It contains all the variables and scripts, but they aren't assigned to anything.
If you are upgrading, overwrite any earlier version of bookplacing.esm and disable any earlier version of bookplacing.esp. If you were using the esm version, your spells will be automatically upgraded. If you were using the esp, you will probably need to buy the Treatise to relearn the spells.
Book Placement v2.esp is an add-on for Vanilla Oblivion. It assigns the scripts to all the vanilla books. If you are not using Book Jackets or another mod that adds the placement abilities to all books, you should activate this mod.
If you are using Book Jackets Oblivion - BP.esp, you don't need to activate Book Placement v2.esp, only bookplacing.esm. Your spells will be automatically upgraded. There is no need to update Book Jackets. The bookplacing.esm file should be loaded before Book Jackets Oblivion - BP.esp. I don't honestly know if that matters in the case of esm files, but just in case.
* How to use the mod
When you first install Book Placement you should make your way to one of Oblivion's bookstores. There's the First Edition in the Market District, Renoit's Books in Chorrol, Mach-Na's Books in Cheydinhal, and Southern Books in Leyawiin. Any of these stores can sell you the book "A Treatise on Bookkeeping" which you'll need to learn the learn the spells.
When you open the book you'll learn 3 new spells (lesser powers): Librarian's Helper, Librarian's Lock and Librarian's Restoration. The book also serves as a short in-game readme. If you are upgrading from an earlier bookplacing.esm version and have already got the Librarian's Helper spell, you don't need to buy the book again. Your spells will be updated automatically. If you are upgrading from an earlier bookplacing.esp version, you will probably need to buy the Treatise again.
For complete instructions, please see the readme included in the download.