Whether by magic
or by haunting, books are many times portrayed as being able to fly. This is usually done by the book turning with its spine facing up, splitting its pages down the middle, and then flapping its halves like a bird. If in a video game, may be used as a minor mook. See also Books That Bite
- The Necronomicon in Army of Darkness does this.
- The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore is an Academy Award-winning animated short film by William Joyce about a man who discovers an entire library of flying books, and becomes their friend and guardian.
- In Terry Pratchett's Discworld, the Librarian of Unseen University makes it perfectly clear that if you want to consult the books on flying and levitation spells, you've got to catch them first. He will lend you the very long stepladders, however, as they're generally to be found flying around in the roofspace somewhere.
- Epic Mickey has a level in the Lonesome Manor, where, as an extra mission, Mickey can chase down flying books and spray them with paint, gumming up their pages and making them fall out of the sky so they can be collected.
- Super Mario 64 has a few of these show up in the original Big Boo's Haunt
- In Banjo-Kazooie, Cheato, the big book of cheat codes hovers in place while flapping his pages.
- Some earlier versions of Harry Potter 's video game have flying book present as enemies (they try to ram you out of certain platforms) and others serving as platforms.
- The haunted castle setting for Castlevania: Symphony of the Night has a library with hostile flying books.
- The library chapter in Drawn: Dark Flight not only has books flying around, but one of the puzzles involves catching some of them with a butterfly net.
- Eternal Darkness: One of the Sanity effects in the Roivas mansion involves books in the library flying between the shelves.
- The Grimoires from Nier can fly.
- Secret of Mana (and possibly some of the other Seiken Densetsu games) has animated books that flutter around. They also flip their pages to cast spells.
- In RuneScape, flying books can be found in Daemonheim as minions of the feared libraromancer Lexicus Runewright.
- Axe Cop at one point features an evil flying book, who turns out to be a robot.
- The Christmas special The Story of Santa Claus has one, the somewhat-anthropomorphic flying book of Nostros, the wizard.
- The CGI opening of Amazing Stories featured this.