Due to the fact that most book meshes have different shapes and sizes, we cannot simply replace all books with approved copies. Therefore, the simplest way of dealings with this problem is to replace their contents with new, province-appropriate texts, which can thus be retroactively inserted into the gameworld without having to edit each instance of a book. As a bonus, this would also expand and diversify each province's cultural profile.
In attachment is a list of the current books in data, along with replacement notes as well as possible bugs. Replacement has been weighted in favor of TR, as they already have a lot of new texts and have used them most extensively throughout the gameworld. Otherwise, replacement has been balanced with content in mind: culture-specific books, like the the Adabal-a or the Aldudagga, should remain as they are in their home province and be replaced where they would be foreign. Do note that this does not these books should never show up outside of their province: they can still be added through leveled lists and in future release areas. Not all copied books need to be replaced in this way: faction books for the Legion and Guilds must remain as they are.
Number of books to be replaced:
- P:C: 85
- SHOTN: 26 + 49 vanillabooks: 75
- TR: 9
- Edits needed (“anonymous”): a number of books have apparently been sourced from a third-party website which amends an author to each text, resulting in "by anonymous" showing up a lot in texts whose author is unknown or which (like most myths) have no single author. This is not part of the original texts and should be removed.
- Vanilla book SHOTN: these books are copies of vanilla Morrowind books using the special SHOTN book meshes. This makes little sense and results in data bloat and confusion. In time, the contents of these books should be replaced by new Skyrim-specific texts; if the books are not used in the gameworld, I suggest removing them entirely.
- Bad lore: this refers to contents of books which do not reflect reality in the gameworld, oftentimes books added from later games. This is a rough assessment: I have not checked each of these texts completely, and this note should not be taken as a condemnation of an entire book.