Generate Books. Quick and easy.

BookGen is a free book-generation addon for the open-source 3D-package Blender. It allows you to fill shelves or create stacks of books – fast and easily.

BookGen 1.0.0 is only compatible with Blender versions higher than 2.80. An older version that is compatible with Blender 2.7x can be downloaded here: bookGen Blender 2.7x




Getting started:

After you installed the Blender addon as described above you will find a new tab in the right hand sidebar of the 3D-Viewport.

You can define a new shelf by clicking on “Add shelf”. Now left click inside the 3D-View where you want your shelf to start, left click again to set the end point.

Books will automatically be generated to fill the selected shelf.

At any time the parameters of all shelfs can be adjusted by using the panels: “Properties”, “Leaning”, “Proportions” and “Details”.



At the top of the “Properties” panel you will find settings affecting all books:

Scale: Allows to change the overall size of the books
Seed: Allows to generate different variations from the same settings
Alignment: Allows to align the books at the spine, fore edge or center
Material: Allows to assign a existing material to all books


In the “Leaning” panel you find settings to add books that have fallen over:

Lean Amount: Defines the overall number of leaning books. 1 means all books are leaning.
Lean Direction: Defines the direction in which books are leaning. 0 mean equally left and right.
Lean Angle: Define the average angle at which books are leaning.


The “Proportions” panels contains settings to change the overall shape of your books:

height: changes the height of your books.
depth: changes the depth of your books.
width: changes the width of your individual books.


The “Details” panel changes the smaller features of the generated books:

textblock-offset: changes the offset between cover size and textblock size
cover-thickness: changes the thickness of the books covers
spline-curl: changes how bulgy the back of the books are.
hinge-inset: changes the inset at the hinge
hinge-width: changes the width of the hinge
Add Subsurf-Modifier: adds a subdivision surface modifier to your books.


© Copyright Oliver Weissbarth 2014-2021. This addon is licensed under GPLv3. Issues:

If you do find any bugs please use the issue tracker, email me at or use the contact form at