Hello, thank you for your message. You're right if you play over itch.io and chrome this bug happens. Try to play over https://stein.world. We will fix the bug as soon as possible.
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The books are required for professions. You can learn them in the profession window. You can find the profession window either in the top left of the inventory or by pressing "K". Drag and drop the book in one of the free education slots or click on one of the slots and select the book in the menu which pops up.
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