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->''"It's the…Great Big Book of Everything with everything inside. See the world around us, this books the perfect guide."''
--> -- '''Harry and Elsie''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Stanley}}''

The Great Big Book of Everything: The one-stop shop for all your plot needs. [[HowDoIShotWeb Need information]] about the [[NewSuperPower super-power you've just been given]]? On the first page. Want to find the only way to kill the BigBad? It has a detailed entry.

Whoever wrote this book must have damn-near infinite knowledge. It has all the facts you need and has them at the moment you need them! In fact, it seems like new information just appears in the book all the time, [[DeusExMachina as the plot requires]].

Every villain, even the really tiny ones, or the ones who have been [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away]] so long that humans shouldn't have even heard of them, has an entry; every spell has a description; every fact and oddball bit of information in the whole universe is listed, if only you look hard enough. While this is a plausible plot point for a while, eventually you have to ask, who wrote this stuff? Did [[Series/{{Supernatural}} John Winchester]] really know all the information in his journal? If so, why are his sons following it to living monsters rather than ones he killed? Could the [[Series/{{Charmed}} Halliwell]] ancestors really have known about the upper echelons of demon society? Creatures that never set foot on earth? All those cosmic entities that never show themselves to mortals are somehow in the book.

Effectively an OmniscientDatabase in paper format, it provides the information to the cast so that they can keep the plot moving without spending hours sifting through a library. Sure, some of it is an AssPull, but it helps us get to the ass-kicking.

This also appears in a lot of video games, usually as a "guidebook" or similar phrase. It ''always'' has everything you need to know to get out of ''any'' situation the programmers threw in there that you could conceivably be stuck on, even if they sometimes appear to be riddles. In this case, new information may even ''literally'' appear as the plot demands, the entry for each location, item, enemy or other piece of interest only readable [[SelectiveMemory after you have encountered it]].

Compare with GreatBigLibraryOfEverything and TomesOfProphecyAndFate. Contrast BlankBook. If it's evil, then it's a TomeOfEldritchLore. Supertrope to BigBookOfWar. This trope is DoAnythingRobot in book form -- and YOU do the Anything! May be quoted from and result in a SparseListOfRules.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Yue Ayase's ''Orbis Sensualium Pictus'' in ''MahouSenseiNegima'' is this, complete with an actual book that finds everything she needs. In ''Negima!?'', Nodoka's "Armor" power has the same ability.
** Material in the manga (vol. 16) reveals that it's actually tapping in a magical version of the Internet, which can be both an advantage and a flaw: Information is always up-to-date, but you risk losing data [[{{Wikipedia}} "arbitrarily deemed of lesser importance"]]. She has no problem accessing highly classified information, though.
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Brock likes carrying around "Guide Books" in which he looks up vital information about tournament rules or opportunities to eat or shop. He also has a separate guidebook containing accurate details on female celebrities.
** James uses a bunch of Pokemon cards in place of a Pokedex.
* Tao, in the '80s toon ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold'' had an encyclopedia from the civilization that built the Seven Cities of Gold. Used more for plot exposition than DeusExMachina.
* The ''Universe of the Four Gods'' books in ''FushigiYuugi''.
* Bokomon's Book of Knowledge in ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' mostly fits this, although it doesn't seem to have data on things that have never existed before (including the final forms of the heroes and villain).
* The Clair Bible in ''{{Slayers}} NEXT'', or at least the manuscripts of it. The actual Clair Bible turned out to be something a little more complex.
** The manuscripts handled this fairly realistically: most seem to be monographs, with little or no information on other subjects(and thus could easily be part of a massive library). The trope's slightly {{deconstructed}} when we find an attempt to make a ''complete'' manuscript, though[[note]]it's a giant library of stone slabs[[/note]].
** Xellos also carries a more mundane example, a great big travel guide of every little town.
* What Noah from ''Manga/SoulEater'' is trying to do. [[spoiler: He sucks anything interesting into his book. Anything up to (so far) and including the son of the AnthropomorphicPersonification [[GrimReaper of]] [[{{Shinigami}} Death]], who may or may not be the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Order. He also has at least one Cthulhu trapped in the book.also Noah is actually created by the Book's tables of Contents as he is nothing but a personification of the seven deadly sins.]]
* It's teenage delusions we're talking about, but Sanae from ''LightNovel/ChuunibyouDemoKoiGaShitai'' believes ''Mabinogion'', a tome she "received" from a certain "Forest Summer", is one.
* In ''Anime/PrettyCureAllStars New Stage 2'', BigBad Kage used a book that contained everything about the previous seven Pretty Cure teams. He used it to avoid their attacks, then steal away their fairy companions and transformation devices. [[spoiler:Too bad it didn't help when [[Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure Mana and her friends]] came along.]]
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* The Junior Woodchuck Guidebook in Disney's ''[[ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck Uncle Scrooge]]'' comics (and subsequently in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ducktales}}'') (and any other Duck story where it is needed. It is always there when a Junior Woodchuck needs it). A lengthy DonRosa story-arc once revealed that it had been condensed from the entire content of the Great Library of Alexandria (with the lost history of South America and Asia added later). The library was a storehouse of ancient knowledge that was tragically lost to history through a series of disasters, culminating in a fire during the time of the Roman Empire.
** The aspect of the Guide containing more text than could possibly fit into a single volume is usually explained by saying that there are actually numerous volumes that make up the complete Guide, just like any large encyclopedia. How they always happen to have exactly the volumes of the Guide applicable to the topic at hand, though, is [[HandWave handwaved]].
** One ''DonaldDuck''-magazine story had Donald getting annoyed at the book's seemingly infinite wisdom and asked the Woodchucks about who the author was. Cue panic as not even the top generals know. They then had to keep Donald tied up so he would not go to the newspaper with the information that "the Woodchucks follow advice that could as well be made up". In the end they ''do'' find the author's house, but decide that knowing who he is will ruin the magic behind the mystery. The shadowy author is then seen looking at them as they leave, contemplating that "if my book contains better knowledge than that, then I don't know it myself".
** Interestingly, there's an occasion where the book was ''missing'' something - in "A Letter From Home", it doesn't list the order of the heads of the Knight Templar, much to their shock.
** In another story it was discovered that it doesn't cover information that the Woodchucks are supposed to have learned in school, and will flat-out tell them it.
** One interpretation by the German fans' group [[FunWithAcronyms D.O.N.A.L.D.]] says that CarlBarks had a vision of Duckburg (which really exists, in AnotherDimension or so), but the "book" he saw in his vision was really a kind of smartphone, and its pages were more like wiki pages - but since those didn't exist on Earth at that time, he drew a book instead.
** The impossibly vast amount of knowledge contained in the Guide has actually backfired on the boys on at least one occasion. In the FiveEpisodePilot of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', they try to look up how to stop their plane from crashing, and they can find the entries for driving or flying all sorts of obscure vehicles ''except'' "an ordinary airplane!"
** Magica de Spell had a spell book which was much more like a traditional Book of Shadows. The nieces once got hold of it by accident when it was switched in the grocery store with Aunt Daisy's old recipe book. They mixed up one of the formulas, which attracted a dragon; there was an entry on this, too; "To get rid of a dragon, say 'Odds bodkins and green-eyed goblins!'" Meanwhile, Magica was turning out delicious cupcakes, to her uttermost disgust.
* The Book of Oa of the ComicBook/{{Green Lantern}}s Corps. Later on there's see the Book of Parallax of the Sinestro Corps and the Book of the Black, though these last two are more like a TomeOfEldritchLore.
* The Abstract in ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}''
* Marvel Comic's Comicbook/DoctorStrange owns (or owned) the ''[[WhiteMagic Book of the Vishanti]]'', containing any spell or obscure tidbit of mystical information he might need. There is also its opposite [[BlackMagic ''The Darkhold'']]. Each contains spells or information to perfectly counter something in the other.
* NeilGaiman's ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' series features Destiny of the Endless, who has a book chained to his arm that details everything that has ever happened, or ever will happen.
* One appeared in ''FinalCrisis: Superman Beyond'', and was so heavy that Superman and Captain Marvel working together could barely lift it.
** And it was only a single page, said to contain every page created in all possible realities. Ultraman read enough of it to be driven insane.
* The Absorbacon in SilverAge ''{{Hawkman}}'' comics. This is a device that captures all the information known by any mind on a planet, and then allows Hawkman and Hawkgirl to access it. Its primary weakness is that it doesn't update when new things happen.
* In the first issue of the ''ComicBook/StanleyAndHisMonster'' mini-series, Stanley finds ''The Heterodyne Boys Big Book of Fun'' in his attic. Every adult Stanley shows it to seems to have fond memories of it, but hasn't seen a copy in years, and it appears to contain instructions on how to build almost anything.
* The Book That Tells Everything from ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' comic book story "The Smurfs And The Book That Tells Everything". It's capable of answering every question and solving every problem, except that it never warns the consulter of the book the consequences of using its solutions.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Parodied in the ''KingdomHearts'' fanfic ''Fanfic/ThoseLackingSpines'' with the ever-handy guidebook which contains anything the protagonists need to know about a given world.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' fanfic ''Fanfic/KeepersOfTheElements'' there are The Elemental Books which contains all sorts of spells which each Keeper along the line either invented or improved upon.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''Twi and Me'', Twilight Sparkle owns ''The Encyclopaedia Equestria Book of Facts'' (with the subtitle "They’re Totally Fun!"), which is basically a huge book full of trivia about just about anything, including manticores, hippogriffs, or [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking oatmeal]].
** Speaking of ponies fanfics, ''FanFic/ABriefHistoryOfEquestria'' has the Articles of Command, a law book for the Celestine Junta (the Pegasus government before the founding of Equestria), which is described as 8"x20" (20cmx50cm), [[{{Doorstopper}} consists of over 1600 pages, weighs forty pounds, and has 300 article]]s ''at least'' (the US Constitution has 7, not counting any that may be in the 27 ammendments), which covers (among other things one would assume) in no uncertain terms was is considered inside and outside the Commander's powers, and what to do when a Commander shows signs of turning into a Tyrant, right down to the methods of execution and how to dispose of the body. Not bad for a Stratocracy.
** Parodied in "Twilight Sparkle Discovers Wikipedia". In this story TheOtherWiki manifests as a magical talking book that uses flattery and its ease of use to tempt Twilight into using it. Princess Celestia ''hates'' it because it makes research too easy, and assignments must be long and tedious to prevent students from questioning the pointless busywork teachers give them.
* ''FanFic/QueenOfShadows'' has The Histories of Eternal Shadow, a massive book containing the complete history and knowledge of the Shadowkhan race. Among other things, it lists biographies of every [[GodEmperor Queen]] and every [[TheDragon Yojimbo]], as well as all the important rituals that future Queen need to be able to perform.
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[[folder:Films]]
* The Map of time in ''TimeBandits'' tells the protagonists where all the holes in the universe are, and drives the plot. Whenever the heroes get stuck they consult the map.
* The "Sex Bible" from ''AmericanPie''. Though, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as the name suggests]], its contents deal almost exclusively with sex positions. It's an interesting variation in that it's clearly been edited and updated by everyone it's been passed down to... meaning it's a Paper Wiki!
* ''Film/MirrorMask'' both {{lampshade}}s and plays this straight with ''A Really Useful Book''. The book, a small pocket sized volume that appears to have some degree of sentience, consists of various pieces of advice written on its pages. In addition, the book always opens the relevant page. [[spoiler:In fact, after Helena is forced to tear out most of the book's pages, the ''one page'' she didn't tear out still contains a piece of relevant advice. A repeated piece of advice, but still useful.]]
** More obviously lampshaded, yet (somehow) simultaneously played straighter, with a book Helena comes across earlier in the same library: ''The Complete History of Everything''. More useful for {{exposition}} than immediate advice, though.
* Tobin's Spirit Guide from ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' and its related media.
* Dana Carvey's ''TheMasterOfDisguise'' features a pop-up book which provides extremely specific information relating to any situation at hand on whichever page is randomly opened to.
* ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' - Handbook for the Recently Deceased
* The Book of Secrets from the second ''NationalTreasure'' movie. Filled with almost everything a [[ConspiracyTheorist conspiracy nut]] would love, and more on top of that. Most importantly the information the team is currently looking for, and, a hidden detail on page 47, which may come into play in the third film, if one ever comes out.
* Max's dream journal from ''TheAdventuresOfSharkboyAndLavagirl''.
* Discussed by Richard in 1980 ''TheBlueLagoon'', when he wishes that one day a book fell from the sky with answers to every question.
* In Film/LtRobinCrusoeUSN, the title character ends up in a raft with the U.S. Navy survival manual, "Survival at Sea and Like It". Viewers hear its voice, and it covers some... unconventional topics, and gives some rather specific advice.
* ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'': Old Biff picks up [[MacGuffin Gray's Sports Almanac]] in 2015 and delivers it to himself in 1955. The book reports the results of every major sporting event from 1950 to 2000, and yet it's thin enough to be confused with Biff's girlie magazine.
* The Prussian Army's Big Book of Instructions from ''Film/ThoseMagnificentMenInTheirFlyingMachines''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', which supposedly contains accounts of all events that have ever transpired.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* O.Henry's short story ''The Handbook of Hymen'' features the Herkimer's Handbook of Indispensable Information, a possible UrExample. To quote:
--> I may be wrong, but I think that was the greatest book that ever was written. I've got it to-day; and I can stump you or any man fifty times in five minutes with the information in it. Talk about Solomon or the New York Tribune! Herkimer had cases on both of 'em. That man must have put in fifty years and travelled a million miles to find out all that stuff. There was the population of all cities in it, and the way to tell a girl's age, and the number of teeth a camel has. It told you the longest tunnel in the world, the number of the stars, how long it takes for chicken pox to break out, what a lady's neck ought to measure, the veto powers of Governors, the dates of the Roman aqueducts, how many pounds of rice going without three beers a day would buy, the average annual temperature of Augusta, Maine, the quantity of seed required to plant an acre of carrots in drills, antidotes for poisons, the number of hairs on a blond lady's head, how to preserve eggs, the height of all the mountains in the world, and the dates of all wars and battles, and how to restore drowned persons, and sunstroke, and the number of tacks in a pound, and how to make dynamite and flowers and beds, and what to do before the doctor comes--and a hundred times as many things besides. If there was anything Herkimer didn't know I didn't miss it out of the book.
* ''Compliments of the Author'' by Lewis Padgett. A short story whose very small Great Big Book of Everything has 50 sentences total, exclusive of greeting to each new user. Oh, I beg you, read this story. If one person reads this story, the hours I've spent and will spend at tvtropes are justified.
* The ''SwordOfTruth'' series features Kolo's journal. First discovered in a hidden alcove in the Wizard's Keep in the third book, the journal provides information on dream walkers and the great war 3,000 years ago. In later books in the series, it seems even though the main characters have not one, but several, libraries of forbidden lore to consult, good ol' Kolo's scribblings are the first book they reference.
* With a twist: ''Literature/TheFireUsTrilogy'' has the children, brains highly scrambled from the trauma of the virus, believing that a simple scrapbook is their Great Big Book of Everything, and that anything found in there will help them. The book's owner even forgets that she has ''pasted items inside it'' moments before, and claims that she has "found them" in the book.
* The Atlas in Creator/GarthNix's ''TheKeysToTheKingdom'', which was written by [[{{God}} the Architect]] for [[TheChosenOne the Rightful Heir]]. Interestingly, the Atlas appears to be sentient, and it only shows the information its reader asks for. It also tailors its answer to what best suits the reader - when the protagonist first saw a strange, harmless looking creature, the Atlas saved his life with a succinct reply - 'Scoucher - ''run''!'. [[PaintingTheMedium In sufficiently hurried and splattered handwriting, no less.]] Quite a benevolent tome, the Atlas.
* Creator/GarthNix's ''Literature/OldKingdom'' books feature a classic Great Big Book of Everything, called the Book of the Dead. It ''seems'' to have a finite (but very large) number of pages, but nobody's sure; they do know it contains ''everything'' one needs to know about Necromancy- but you can only let it fall open to the passage it wants to, can only turn as many pages at a time as you really need to, and won't remember what you read afterwards until you have to. Since this is not a unique artifact, it does raise the interesting question of where new copies come from. The only constant is the last page, which contains the ArcWords.
** It's made clear that only a Necromancer can open the Book, and only an uncorrupted Charter Mage can close it. Since [[TheChosenOne the Abhorsens]] are the only people to meet ''both'' criteria, it's likely they possess all the copies and may be responsible for keeping it up to date.
** Two other books similar to the Book of the Dead are also shown. The less powerful show up "In the Skin of a Lyon". The second is a cousin of the Book of the Dead called "The Book of Rememberance and Forgetting".
* The Good Magician's Book in the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series. Well, he ''is'' the Magician of Information. Somewhat lampshaded in one of the Xanth books - the plot of that book shows the Magician when young, ''compiling'' the Book in the first place. After writing the book, circumstances led him to decide to forget the co-author, and since she had such a large part in writing it, he forgot all about compiling the information himself. It somehow updates itself, though, since it still always has the answer to any question somebody might ask of the Good Magician. Though not always in a form that anybody else can understand, which proves problematic when the Good Magician goes missing.
* The Grimmerie in Gregory Maguire's ''Literature/{{Wicked}}: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West''. Its usefulness is somewhat lessened by the fact that it takes years of work to learn how to read the language the book is written in, or to be born with the ability to read it by virtue of plot-significant messed-up parentage, like Elphaba (the Witch).
* The wizards' manuals in the ''YoungWizards'' universe. The fact that a manual contains any piece of information the wizard might want to look up is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the fact that they are created by the godlike PowersThatBe. They even expand to contain more information on the kind of spells a particular wizard specializes in, so everyone's copy is different.
** In the second novel Kit pulls out an embedded fold-out oceanographic map when he needs to know how deep the ocean is at a particular location.
** Also playing a significant part in the first part of the series are the ''Naming Lights'' (AKA ''The Book of Night With Moon'', containing the true descriptions of everything in the universe in the wizard's language, created by the PowersThatBe) and it's shadow, ''The Book Which is Not Named'' (The Lone One's answer to the ''Naming Lights'', containing twisted descriptions of all that exists).
* The titular book from Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}'', an all-encompassing bible of encryption, seems to have a near-magical status to the Allied cryptographers. It is updated as the war goes on, and by the present day, has been scanned into PDF format.
* Also by Neal Stephenson, ''Literature/TheDiamondAge'' has ''The Young Lady's Illustrated Primer'' which can teach martial arts, etiquette, computer programming and nanotech engineering. Probably a good few other useful things too. Not only does it contain seemingly all knowledge in the world, but because it is interactive (there's a live reader at the other end) it can also receive feedback from the reader, develop an extended knowledge and understanding of her current situation [[AppliedPhlebotinum and provide her with helpful advice and knowledge she'll need to handle dangerous situations]]. The Primer looks like a regular book, but it's actually an extremely advanced computer.
* The Book of Magic in PiersAnthony's ''Literature/ApprenticeAdept'' series contains everything there is to know about the various forms of magic on Phaze. When researching a particular spell, the entire book shifted to become a volume on that type magic.
* Parodied in ''Literature/GoodOmens'' with Agnes Nutter's prophecies; she saw the future with enough precision to make sure that the relevant prophecy was written on an index card chosen at random. However, most of her prophecies were too imprecisely worded to be easily understood, since she lived and died in the 17th century, before much of our modern technology was invented. So while she foresaw accurately, she did not always understand what she foresaw, leading to phrasings like "Orient's chariot" instead of "Japanese car". Some of these were easier to interpret than others.
** Add to that, the vast majority of the prophecies were directly regarding her own descendants. So if you weren't a descendant, or closely interacting with one, you probably wouldn't find anything useful.
* Dorothy Ann in ''TheMagicSchoolBus'' always carried a book she called her "research" that conveniently had information about the day's subject matter.
* Subverted in '' Literature/TheCityOfDreamingBooks'' by Walter Moers. The BigBad gives the hero an old Grimoire and tells him that all the answers to his question are written on page 333. [[spoiler: the page only contains one sentence, over and over again: You have just been poisoned.]]
** This is a recasting of one of the tales of the Arabian Nights, "[[http://preview.tinyurl.com/25dgrhg The Story of Yunan and The Sage Duban]]", one of the tales nested in the "Tale of the Fisherman and the Jinn". It also involves tricking someone into turning the pages in a book that has been poisoned.
* Susan Cooper's ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising'' has The Book of Gramarye which gives the Old Ones everything they ever wanted to know about how to use their powers.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince The Half-Blood Prince's]] copy of "Advanced Potion Making" contains information on a wide variety of topics, from recipes for better potions, to spells that can kill people.
** Justified, it was Snape's old text-book which he improved with his personal notes, and while it's never stated how good is he at Potion Crafting compared to other experts in the topic, he seems to be quite knowledgeable in it, also said spell was unique and Snape seemed to take quite some pride for inventing it.
** It's also quite remarkable how much plot-relevant information can be found in ''Hogwarts: A History''.
*** No, what's remarkable is that, given how much useful information it contains, nobody but Hermione has ever read it.
* In Nick Kyme's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''[[Literature/{{Salamanders}} Salamander]]'', the Salamanders consult the Tome of Fire, left by Vulkan, to determine the [[BecauseDestinySaysSo significance]] of finding an artifact from Vulkan's hand, and an unprecedented eruption on their home planet.
** The Codex Astartes, from the same universe also qualifies for the Space Marines. It's supposed to contain tactical advice for ''every conceivable form of warfare.''
* In Richard Bach's ''Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah'', there is a book called "The Messiah's Handbook," which tends to open to a page with a relevant insight to the reader's current situation. Its most poignant insight: [[spoiler:"Everything in this book may be wrong"]]. This revelation shocks and distresses the main character.
* Creator/WilliamHopeHodgson's OccultDetective [[Literature/CarnackiTheGhostFinder Thomas Carnacki]] gets all his info on the supernatural from the fictional Sigsand Manuscript.
* In ''Literature/TheGodsOfPegana'', Trogool (the Thing that is neither god nor beast) has a book that likewise contains everything that has and will happen. The audience is told that things happen ''because'' they are in the book.
* Ella's incredibly helpful (and self-disguising) book in ''Literature/EllaEnchanted''. Being magical, it can even provide detailed information about events as they occur.
* In the ''[[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]]'' series, Glinda is in possession of a Red Book that contains real-time updates about things that are happening in the world. The entire world, not just Oz, which enables her to check up on Dorothy, Betsy, Trot, or any of the other semi-real-world characters who jump back and forth between Oz and the USA. She can look up what goes on with any of the characters at any time, and she uses it as an early-warning system and as a plot starter.
* ''The Book of Three'' from The ''PrydainChronicles'' (also the name of the first book of the series) serves this purpose, being the chronicled [[RuleOfThree Past, Present, and Future]] of Prydain. It was once referred to as the "Book of If" by [[EccentricMentor Dallben]], who mentioned that the prophecies in the book could easily have not occurred. Oh, and it has magic smiting powers to keep away the unworthy.
* In ''Literature/TheGirlWhoOwnedACity'', Lisa is stated to be guided by a "great book," which gives her most of her ideas on how to run things her [[CosyCatastrophe post-Apocalyptic]] kid enclave. The book is implied to be ''Literature/AtlasShrugged.''
* ''[[http://www.annecoale.com/web4pics/bookofsand.pdf The Book of Sand]]'' by Jorge Luis Borges is a short story about the titular book, so named because "neither sand nor this book has a beginning or end". The book is of unknown origin and has seemingly infinite pages, which are numbered non-consecutively with arbitrarily large numbers; one page number was mentioned as being a number raised to the ninth power. There is no way to find a particular page a second time (although it's not specified whether or not the protagonist tried using bookmarks). The actual content of the book's text is unknown, as it's written in an unknown language; but there are simple illustrations every 2000 pages, which the protagonist quickly fills up a notebook recording. It is impossible to find the first page or the last, as new pages seem to spring up between the cover and the reader's finger whenever he tries. When the protagonist becomes obsessed with the book and determines to be rid of it, he considers burning it, but is afraid that the burning of an infinite book would itself be infinite and would cover the world in smoke, so he instead decides to hide a leaf in a forest by tucking the Book away deep within the National Library.
* Creator/TomHolt's ''[[Literature/JWWellsAndCo May Contain Traces of Magic]]'' features a Book of Human Knowledge which is mass-produced by the sorcerous corporation J.W. Wells and co. However, the book only shows the viewer what he or she ''needs'' to know at the time, not what that person specifically wants to look up, unless you know the cheat codes.
* In James Stoddard's ''The High House'', the Book of Forgotten Things. Just everything you've ever forgotten.
* Coriakin, the ancient star-wizard from ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', owns one.
* In the ''Literature/ElephantAndPiggie'' book "Elephants Cannot Dance", Piggie wants to teach Gerald to dance, but that's something elephants just cannot do. He proves this to her by handing her a book titled "What Elephants Can Do."[[note]]The book doesn't say elephants can't ''try'' to dance, though.[[/note]]
* In the 1970s there was a children's book about a young girl who attracted friends from among the "popular" girls by carrying her witch aunt's book of spells and home remedies, which she ''implied'' was this type of book. She would tell them, for instance, that spiderwebs for healing had to be gathered at midnight by a redhead. When they laid hands on the book themselves, it just said spiderwebs.
* ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', which succeeded in anticipating both Wikipedia and eBook readers several decades before their invention.
** Also the Encyclopaedia Galactica, which is much more accurate than the Guide but much less popular. This is primarily for two reasons. First, the Guide is slightly cheaper; and second, has the words "DON'T PANIC" inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover.
*** The Guide can also be transported from place to place without the need for several freight trains.
* Given the large number of quotations from it and references to it, Creator/HPLovecraft's fictional ''Necronomicon'' is apparently a GreatBigBookOfEverything you ''really don't want to know.''
* "ScienceHero" Rick Brant, in the 1950's-1960's juveniles, had the 1934 World Almanac. The twist being that this weighty reference had been memorized in its entirety by the self-taught Indian boy Chahda, and it was Chahda's intelligence that made the seemingly outdated information so often incredibly useful to our heroes.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The [[Administrivia/RenamedTropes former trope namer]] Book of Shadows from ''Series/{{Charmed}}''. It becomes more interesting given the fact that it was written over centuries.
** There are quite a couple of episodes, especially in later seasons, where the MonsterOfTheWeek is ''not'' referenced in the Book of Shadows, because it is too obscure to have been encountered before.
** The book repeatedly turns to the right page on its own. It is implied that one of the ancestors turns the pages. It is also implied multiple times that the ancestors can add and remove notes at any time.
** The witches themselves, as well as their protector angels, are seen writing new entries in the book in different episodes.
** In multiple episodes, the witches lose their powers, every time resulting in wiping the Book of Shadows completely empty. The scripture returns once the witches regain their powers.
** On other occasions, the sisters are turned evil. This changes the content of the book, which now lists many evil spells.
** If the sisters start to attack each other, the symbol on the cover of the book changes and the sisters lose their powers. Also, the sisters can no longer read the book.
** Also, the book is very much desired by the forces of evil, who often plot to steal it, with varying levels of success.
** The book defends itself against anyone who isn't of the right alignment (good if the sisters are good).
** In the last seasons, the sisters increasingly check out the library of the magic school instead, which seems to be much more comprehensive.
** Careful watchers have noticed that the content of the book changes; for example, Phoebe at some points adds information on Cole, the human form of Balthasar - but the information is gone at later points, replaced by either blank pages or completely different information. This is actually the result of the prop and art department placing new or different pages into the book based on the episode. It's easier to open the book near the center of the book, so pages were often moved around. The actual prop had three posts to put in removable pages so new entries could always be added as needed.
* ''{{Merlin}}'': Gaius's papers have unlimited information concerning spells, monsters, magic, curses, plague, dragons and whatever other problem Merlin is facing. He also manages to find the right book and page within seconds, despite the diverse nature of all the information.
* The diary of John Winchester in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has been dubbed the [[Series/{{Charmed}} Book of Shadows]] by the recappers at TelevisionWithoutPity, based on how often it has all the answers the brothers need. Lampshaded in WebVideo/SupernaturalTheAnimationAbridged:
-->'''Sam''': "How is this in Dad's journal? It's in TODAY'S paper!"
** This is true for the first two seasons, but Sam and Dean become much less dependent on John's journal during Seasons 3 and 4. They use Bobby's library as a resource more often now, and they have to search more to find information about the MonsterOfTheWeek. Then in "Weekend at Bobby's", his LowerDeckEpisode, we find out what happens when he needs a certain book from a closed library; he simply breaks in and steals it.
** And then they run into monsters that aren't really ''anywhere'', because they're old enough to predate human history, or they've just been created.
* The diary of Laura Palmer from ''Series/TwinPeaks'', which was [[{{Defictionalization}} Defictionalized]] as a companion book to the series.
* In the final season of ''Series/{{Angel}},'' Wesley gets access to a set of books which really do have all the information in the universe; however, they are magical (they can, on command, display the text of any book ever written), and their power becomes a plot point in one episode.
* ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' has a temperamental version in the Xenotome: Its pages are blank until it decides to show the Rangers something.
* In the early days of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', everything Clark and Chloe needed to know about the MonsterOfTheWeek could be found on either the Wall of Weird, or the past issues of the Torch. Later it's from the Daily Planet archives.
* The Professor from ''Series/GilligansIsland'' has one, but instead of a single book, it's a BagOfHolding backpack that always had the right book on top.
* The Book of Changes in ''Series/GhostWhisperer'', well, ''changes'' every so often to include the latest vague supernatural prophesy. It's also a last-minute MacGuffin at the end of season four.
* During their "shopping" episode (showing where they get all their stuff), the ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' have a book of knowledge filled with the usual things like conversion tables but also a lot of obscure information that would be important for their show. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocket_Ref The Pocket Ref]].
* The archaeologist River Song's diary in ''Series/DoctorWho'', a diary of her adventures recorded on her own, combined with eyewitness accounts of the Doctor through the ages, as seen in "Closing Time".
* One of many, many tropes the Intersect in ''{{Chuck}}'' embodies at one time or another. The Intersect is a massive database of secrets and information vital to national security, uploaded to the protagonist's head in the first episode, and accessed involuntarily whenever he needed to know something related to that week's plot. Later upgrades included such things as combat skills, all of which went to whoever had the Intersect at the time via NeuralImplanting.
* In ''{{Pair of Kings}}'' there is the Great Book with details of most of the island's monsters, though given the kings' personalities, it isn't shown often.
* The eponymous book of fairy tales in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' contains the entire history of the Fairy Tale Land (despite [[BiggerOnTheInside not being physically large enough]] to contain all the stories Henry is shown reading in it).
* The Danish Advent Calendar show ''The Julekalender'', as well as its Norwegian and Finnish versions, featured a book which was supposed to hold answers to every question ever, including but not limited to "Where to get gasoline?" and "What was that?". Though given the shows [[AffectionateParody premise]], its ridiculousness was likely deliberate.
* The opening sketch of a KenanAndKel episode had Kel reading from "The Big Book of Everything.". It even contained Kenan's favourite color (plaid). It also knew the plot of the episode, so Kenan quickly took it away before he could spoil the surprise.
* TodaysSpecial has "Waldo's Magic Book of This and That" which contains magic spells, and which Muffy sometimes uses to play pranks on the rest of the cast.
* Played With/Subverted in {{Series/Grimm}} - it takes the form of several books, with entries apparently organized chronologically as Nick's ancestors encountered various Wesen and other phenomena, and learned how to deal with them by trial and error. This means any attempt to find information on a previously unencountered threat requires several people to spend hours flipping through thousands of pages in multiple languages and varying degrees of legibility and usefulness- on several occasions the information has essentially taken the form of "no clue how it manages to do what it does, but cutting off its head seemed to kill it". Nick has added several of his own entries, additions, and notations to the books when Wesen ''not'' in the records are encountered, or after discoving new information on and methods of dealing with dangerous Wesen.
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* The Martians' "Earrrrrrrrrrrrrth Book-book-book-book-book" on ''SesameStreet'' comes off as one.
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* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' has a book called "the Invisible Codex" which is able to contain whatever information the reader most requires at the time. This is because it is an [[EldritchAbomination Abyssal meme]], and its granting information is a ploy to get the reader invested enough in it so that it can devour their soul.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' has Golden Skins of the World Serpent -- an artifact made by one of [[{{Precursors}} Creator Races]] and more widely known as Nether Scrolls. It looks like 50 golden and platinum scrolls (there were two copies, thus 100 pages total), thematically divided into 5 equal sections that cover arcane themes from the basics of magic to creation of major artifacts -- advanced topics require understanding prerequisites. The unusual part is that the scrolls contain practically infinite amount of magical knowledge -- one could study them again and again and uncover more and more of such lore. Moreover, elves discovered that a set of scrolls can be transformed so that it provides lore which couldn't feasibly be possessed by their creators, that is of intrinsically elven magic developed later.
** In ''{{Ravenloft}}'', the lich-king Azalin owns a magic book that records the biographies of all of the sentient inhabitants of Darkon (Uncoincidentally, the very first biography the book recorded is of Azalin, which began writing the very moment he stepped into Castle Avernus for the very first time). Newcomers to Darkon eventually lose their memories of having ever lived elsewhere due to the book magically editing their memories concerning their origins. There are only two ways to recover or preserve a foreigner's memory, in that either Azalin or one of his enslaved scribes personally edits that particular entry, i.e., like writing "the ambassador from Nova Vaasa is not subject to Darkon's memory-eating," or by having the afflicted person leave Darkon. The primary problem with the latter is that such new natives never find a reason to ever leave Darkon, for any reason...
** Subverted in the [[CanonDiscontinuity controversial]] joke 1st edition AD&D module ''Castle Greyhawk'', in which Ye Secret Tome of Inestimable Knowledges turns out to be [[spoiler: Ye Secret Tom of Inestimable Knowledges, a cat with keyholes in his belly into which players may insert magic keys to get clues about the rest of the module]].
* ''{{Traveller}}'' : The AAB the Vilani Repository of Knowledge, a great big library of everything.
* The official setting for ''{{Champions}}'' includes the Cryptonomicon, which contains "all the mystic knowledge of the pre-Atlantian ancient world". The "tome" is actually in the form of a puzzle box that must be studied and solved in order to gain its knowledge. Unfortunately, it is also a trap: the more the puzzle box is studied, the more the scholar's soul is warped until eventually he it converted into a slave of the [[EldritchAbomination Kings of Edom]]. A mystically powerful slave, true, but a slave nonetheless.
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* [[spoiler: Mephistopheles]] creates one of these for Faustus in ''{{Faust}}''.
* The titular book in ''HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying''.
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* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', one of Mario's partners has a book with information and pictures of every enemy in the game. This even includes [[spoiler:Princess Peach after being possessed by the final boss]].
** However, it does not have infinite knowledge; this is demonstrated when Goombella {{lampshades}} that it doesn't answer her real question: [[{{Hammerspace}} where all the hammers come from]].
** It doesn't have [[spoiler:Doopliss's name]].
** ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' has the Dark Prognosticus, a book which has prophesied every event of the game. The villain, Count Bleck, has it, and often quotes directly from it, with the effect of [[ThirdPersonPerson narrating his own life]].
* Rosalina's Storybook from VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy has elements of this, if the second game's ending has credence.
* The Traveller's Tome in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' even gives you information on hidden god powers - with a treasure chest popping out of nowhere to give you information on whatever new power you gain
* ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' opens with the recovery of Sir Francis Drake's Lost Diary, by his remote descendant, Drake. The Diary then serves in this regard for adventures in both the Amazon Jungle and an uncharted island in the South Pacific... somehow, it always has the key for whatever puzzle stands in your way.
** And for the ten-odd chapters where you ''don't'' have the diary, then you have either the map, or good ol' fashioned ingenuity.
* The Book of Prophecy from ''VideoGame/AvalonCode''. In addition to being able to learn anything on any character, item, or monster that you see in the game, it's where you draw all of your weapons. To get some of that information ''in'' the book in the first place, the target entity has to be [[ThrowTheBookAtThem smacked upside the head with it]]. Don't worry...[[UnusuallyUninterestingSight they won't see or feel a thing.]]
* Both ''VideoGame/{{Myth}}'' games feature the Total Codex, a biography on every person who will ever live. During the first game the narrator looks in it and reads about the Summoner, a man who will resurrect the Myrkridia and visit untold horrors upon the land. He closes the book fast.
* In ''ValkyrieProfile'', Lezard Valeth states that he found the Philosopher's Stone (this version granting all knowledge), but that people have to work to get any knowledge out of it. He later clarifies by saying that a more accurate description of the Philosopher's "Stone" is the "[[{{Doorstopper}} ten-billion page codex]]."
* In ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'', Nessiah's {{spellbook}}, [[SecurityBlanket the Revelation of the Gods]], is reputed to be one of these. [[spoiler:Byff has technically been sent by his master to steal it.]] Its all-inclusiveness is justified by the fact that its owner [[spoiler:is over a thousand years old]].
* ''KingdomOfLoathing'' has an appearance by the Tome Of Tropes, which is all but explicitly this very wiki in magical book form. Reading this particular trope page in it isn't advised, as it tends to [[RealityBreakingParadox make the book implode violently]].
* In ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'', the Codex Of Ultimate Wisdom. Unfortunately, ''reading'' it is a bit tricky (the entire fourth game is spent finding the darn thing; in the fifth game, it is stored on a faraway volcanic island with guardians that only let you pass if you're on a Sacred Quest; in the sixth game, it still is, and your final quest is to send it back to the void).
* The eponymous Elder Scrolls from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series. They exist partially outside of time and thus possess knowledge of things to come for those able to read them. They also possess various time related powers because of their unusual nature. They have a bit of TomeOfEldritchLore flavor to them too, since ordinary mortals can't read them without suffering terrible consequences, the ''least'' of them being permanent blindness.
** To a lesser extent, Hermaes Mora's Ohgma Infinium. When a player reads it, they immediately gain 5 levels in all stats of a chosen path. But then the book dissolves [[SubvertedTrope before]] [[GoMadFromTheRevelation the player is overwhelmed]]. But then with a [[GoodBadBug prevalent bug]], players can avoid the disintegration and go all the way to max level within 15 minutes.
* The [[OmniscientDatabase Logbook]] in the ''MetroidPrime'' series. Your [[EnemyScan Scan Visor]] can, within a few seconds, tell you nearly everything about anything, and while [[HyperAwareness ultra-detailed analysis]] may be able to tell you most of it, you sometimes wonder: where does your [[CoolStarship Gun]][[ArtificialIntelligence ship]] learn the name of an inter-dimensional creature that no being off-planet has ever even heard of?
* Histoire of ''{{Neptunia}}'' is a recording of the history of Gamindustri, and soon knows everything about the world. The downside is she has to look up the information before she can use it, which can take anywhere from three days if she gets lucky to up to a month.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series has the Big Book of Science. While it's a skill book, it only covers scientific matters. It's implied however that it covers everything from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Rocketry, Mad Science, and so on. If it's scientific, it's in it.
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* In ''{{Exiern}}'' the wizard Faden's magic encyclopedia is supposed to be one of these, in that you ask it a question and it brings up a passage that relates to your situation. Its specialty is delivering the information in the most insulting manner possible and seems to [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=1020 pick on protagonist Tiffany]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheSenkari'' the Lexicon is the big book of everything. Quite litterally, as it requires a car to move and [[http://www.the-senkari.com/2011/04/27/04272011/ takes up an entire bookcase]].
* In ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' there is a big book of everything magical thanks to the local GadgeteerGenius / MadArtist's relentless efforts to [[SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic analyze anything mystical into submission]]... let's just say it's ''big'' but as it was made by a "scientist" it also exists as an [[OmniscientDatabase ebook]] for the less technologically challenged.
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* In WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation's review of HeavenlySword, when Yahtzee questions the meaning of the word "twing-twang", his avatar is briefly seen looking it up in a book titled "Words That Exist".
* The podcast ''[[http://www.flat29.com/podcast/index.html Flat 29's Big Book of Everything]]'' purports to be this.
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* "The Book of KND" from ''CodenameKidsNextDoor''. Apparently when it is found by the first kid to fight against adults ever, it already has every information he needed from building tree-houses to building sophisticated kid weaponry.
* "Tobin's Spirit Guide" from ''TheRealGhostbusters''. In ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'', we find Egon has added to it.
* The ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'' team have a Ghostbusting Manual in the first episode, which details the features of Ghost Command, the equipment, and the Ghostbuggy. It is never used again.
* Speaking of Filmation, these show up a lot in ''Westernanimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' and WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower. Granamyr gives one of these to He-Man in ''The Dragon's Gift''.
* The Great Book of Gummi in ''AdventuresOfTheGummiBears''.
* The Golden Grimoire, which Eric (who's been temporarily infused with Dungeon Master's powers) once attempts to use to send himself and his friends back home in the ''[[WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'' TV series.
** Also, in one of the choose-your-own-adventure books, Sheila (or better said, the reader) must help the good witch Agnes to recover her stolen spellbook. Said 'book contains, among other incantations, a very powerful spell that can be used to fight the dragon Tiamat [[spoiler: via enchanting her seven heads and turning them against each other]]. Obviously, you have to go through lots of crap for it, which includes going against BigBad Venger alone [[spoiler: and resisting his offer to actually ''[[EnemyMine co-work]]'' to put a stop to Tiamat (which leads to a Bad End in which Tiamat is defeated, but [[TheBadGuyWins Venger still wins]] because you're forced to let him take Agnes's spellbook away.)]]
* The TropeNamer is the Playhouse Disney (now Disney Junior) series ''WesternAnimation/{{Stanley}}''. ♪Iiiiiiiiiittttttt's the great big book of everything, with everything inside / See the world around us, this book's a perfect guide♪
* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', the Fireside Girls have a guidebook that goes far and beyond camping or selling cupcakes. There are instructions on how to fix a TimeMachine or refuel a NASCAR racer or wrestle an alligator.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' has two: The book that details Fright Knight and his defeat in one episode and another, a Greek Mythology book that tells a SadlyMythtaken version of Pandora's Box. All conveniently held by [[MrExposition Sam]].
* In, Creator/ChuckJones' 1942 ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]]'' short "WesternAnimation/TheDoverBoys," villainous [[DastardlyWhiplash Dan Backslide]] consults a ''Handbook of Useful Information'' for "How Best to Remove Young Lady from Tree (Fig. 1)."
* The book of rules in ''TheFairlyOddparents'', which describes the limitations on what wishes can be granted. More importantly, it's revealed that this book is what holds the universe together.
* ''MuchaLucha'' has the Code of Masked Wrestling, which even detailed what to do when you are [[BoundAndGagged tied up]] in the middle of three bad guys using [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill their signature attacks]] against you. [[spoiler: In a word, [[PrepareToDie say your prayers]].]]
* The Hero's Enchiridion in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.
* In ''DragonTales,'' The Magic Story Book serves as both an anthology of stories and an all-purpose guide to Dragonland. Complete fiction and non-fiction in one text!
* [[CatchPhrase According to my research]], Dorothy Ann on ''TheMagicSchoolBus'' carries a book with answers to every possible scientific question. At least, answers sufficient for an elementary-school kid's needs.
* The titular Book of Virtues in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresFromTheBookOfVirtues''.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'' has the "Book of Omens", a combination of [[{{Magitek}} science and sorcery]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', Faragonda gives the titular group a book that details every part of their newest transformation, Believix.
* In ''HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', Birdgirl has a book for {{sidekick}}s that she uses when she is not sure what to do.
* The mysterious set of journals from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. Filled with a plethora of knowledge of the mysterious stuff in Gravity Falls, [[spoiler: and when brought together unlock the secrets to phenomenal cosmic powers.]]
* The Great Book of Spells in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'', which Gargamel consults at the full moon for various purposes, including catching Smurfs. However, the book's answers hardly work out in the wizard's favor.
* Elspeth's spell book in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gawayn}}'' which is always able to provide the heroes with the next clue to allow them to continue their quest. Unfortunately, Elspeth hasn't worked out how to use it reliably yet.
* Roodee's book in ''WesternAnimation/YoohooAndFriends'' seems to contain information on anything he needs to know at a given moment. Frequently LampShaded.
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* The ''Encyclopedia Galactica'' from ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' metaseries, being the eponymous Guide's somewhat stuffier main competition. The Guide, however, is more popular because it's slightly cheaper and has the words "DON'T PANIC" inscribed on the cover in large, friendly letters. And the EG still pales in comparison to the Ultra-Complete Maximegalon Dictionary of Every Language Ever, modeled closely on a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford_English_Dictionary certain real world dictionary]], which requires a fleet of lorries to transport even in microfiche form, while the Guide is small enough to fit on a device the size of a graphing calculator (or an unusually thick tablet PC in [[Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy the movie]]) and would only take up several large buildings if put on paper.
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* The ultimate form of all Wikis, given the LawOfWikiExpansion.
* Early attempt: ''[[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/10766/10766-h/10766-h.htm Enquire Within Upon Everything]]'', a Victorian domestic reference. [[WordOfGod According to Tim Berners-Lee]], this book was one of the inspirations for the World Wide Web.
** "Whether You Wish to Model a Flower in Wax; to Study the Rules of Etiquette; to Serve a Relish for Breakfast or Supper; to Plan a Dinner for a Large Party or a Small One; to Cure a Headache; to Make a Will; to Get Married; to [[BreadEggsMilkSquick Bury a Relative]]; Whatever You May Wish to Do, Make, or to Enjoy, Provided Your Desire has Relation to the Necessities of Domestic Life, I Hope You will not Fail to '[[TitleDrop Enquire Within]].'"—Editor.
* An even earlier attempt, maybe the first, was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_History_%28Pliny%29 "Naturalis Historia"]], by Pliny the Elder. It was his attempt to compile all the worldly knowledge of his day into a single work. Unfortunately, the world of his day knew little about volcanoes, and Pliny died amidst the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, before the book's final revision.
* The ''Yongle Encyclopedia'', named for the Ming Chinese emperor who commissioned it, was supposed to be the summation of everything known by the Chinese. Compiled between 1403 and 1408, it was the largest general-reference book produced at the time. Sadly, it's very scope meant that it could not be copied by block printing, so copies had to be laboriously transcribed by hand and only a portion of the total has survived to this day.
* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%BCshi_Chunqiu Lüshi Chunqiu]]'' is another such book. Compiled by scholars hired by the amazing adventurer-entrepreneur Lü Buwei, at that time regent for the teenage Emperor Qin Shi Huang. (Thanks and a tip o'the cicada hat to ''TheCartoonHistoryOfTheUniverse''!)
* ''[[http://www.sequoiapublishing.com/pdt_pocketref4ed.htm Pocket Ref]]'' is about as close to this as you can find IRL. ''Series/MythBusters'' approved!
** ''[[http://www.sequoiapublishing.com/pdt_deskref.htm Desk Ref]]'' by the same author is even more so.
* ''Dr. Ankowitschs Kleines Universal-Handbuch'', containing a large variety of practical and some of the rather bizarre points of information, from how to clean a feather boa to the break-down schematics of BMW Isetta 250-model's chassis. Sadly this book is apparently only available in Germany and Finland.
* The 44th edition of the ''CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics'' is another candidate and expanded far beyond what the title suggested, unlike later editions.
** Even the later editions have ''a lot'' of data. A typical edition is 3 inches thick, printed in small type on paper so thin you can practically see through it, and contains everything from information about the solar system to tables of integral formulae to a multi-page table listing the density of water at various temperatures to six significant figures.
* Literature/TheTalmud.
* Does the ''OxfordEnglishDictionary'' count?
* Another possible real-life influence on this trope: ''[[http://www.amazon.com/Everyday-Reference-Library-Encyclopedia-Information/dp/B000MPSO6U The Everyday Reference Library]]''.
* William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England.
* [[http://www.thewikireader.com/ The Wiki Reader]] is practically the closest thing on earth to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Being an e-reader whose 8 gigabytes of memory are almost exclusively dedicated to storing an offline (text-only) version of TheOtherWiki.
** You can also get a number of smartphone and tablet apps doing similar things, but they're memory hogs.
* [[CaptainObvious The internet]], duh.
* The 1911 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica was thought to be this when it was released, covering practically everything involving scientific and historic study known at the time when the world was seen as static: It was possible to know everything. After 1911 things got... complicated.
** Even at the time it was more illusion than anything. It's hard to call the latter Industrial Revolution and the dawn of the 20th century "static" even if it might have seemed that way.
* ''Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable'' is both broad and seemingly random enough to seem like this to many young nerds, especially Anglophilic ones, who discover it.
* The good old ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Almanac World Almanac & Book of Facts]]'', still updated yearly.
* ThisVeryWiki strives to be one. Compared to TheOtherWiki, it is still in its infant stages, but, as Administrivia/ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability, it's definitely catching up.
* The ''Codex Gigas'' (Latin for ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Giant Book]]'') is a gigantic book containing [[Literature/TheBible The Vulgate]] and other important works. It is ''the'' largest medieval manuscript still in existence, [[{{Doorstopper}} being over 3 feet tall, 1 1/2 feet wide, 8 inches thick, and weight over 160 lbs]].
* At the other end of the scale, a book you can sensibly carry around with you, measuring just 14.1 x 4 x 20.4cm (5.5" x 1.6" x 8"), is ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pears_Cyclopaedia Pears Cyclopaedia]]'', which will answer an amazing number of your questions.
* Your brain contains the grand sum of all your knowledge - you consult it without even thinking about it; and when you ''are'' thinking about it, you're consulting it too! You brain also mixes information and makes guesses based on what it knows, so it can figure out things it hasn't even been told!
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