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The Book Receptacle is a mechanism that can be used to activate portals made out of Crystal to transport the player between Ages. The Book Receptacle itself requires eight Crystal to make. The Book Receptacle must be placed on an outside (not where the portal would form) face of a valid portal made out of Crystal and then right-clicked with either a Linking Book or a Descriptive Book. The portal will then activate, similar to a Nether Portal; however, there is no wait time between entering the portal and being transported, unlike a Nether portal.
The Book Receptacle and Crystal portals are mostly aesthetic, serving mostly the same function as a Bookstand. However, the Bookstand cannot transport entities such as Cows, Pigs or Sheep to alternate Mystcraft ages, a function which the Book Receptacle combined with a crystal portal can fulfill. With usage of this block and a portal made of crystal, it is possible to transport animals (including very exotic animals, such as Mooshrooms and mobs from the Twilight Forest) between dimensions, allowing for the usage of a Mystcraft age as a sort of alternate overworld if so desired. However, there is a catch, sometimes when traveling through a Mystcraft portal, the game crashes.