The book, titled The Illusion of Living, is a memoir written by the animation studio owner Joey Drew. In-game, it is one of the obtainable items from Chapter 1 and shown briefly as an unobtainable object from Chapter 2 to 5 in Bendy and the Ink Machine.


The cover of the book is black, while the pages are a lighter color. On the front cover, there is a smaller, lighter rectangle and some inscriptions. The book has its "The Illusion of Living" titled and has Joey's name for his writing credit.


Chapter 1: Moving Pictures

The book is one of the six items Henry must collect to fix the Ink Machine. The book is located in the pub room, on a table piled with several other books.

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Chapter 2: The Old Song

The book is seen in the trash can in Sammy's Office. This item, however, remains unobtainable.

Chapter 3: Rise and Fall

The book is seen laying on one of the desks from the operation room of Level P. This item, however, remains unobtainable.

Chapter 4: Colossal Wonders

The book is seen laying on the table in the Archives, next to Susie's audio log of Level S, and in the room with the Lost Ones banging against the wall on a shelf. This item, however, also remains unobtainable.

Chapter 5: The Last Reel

The book is seen on a shelf in Joey's house.



  • The book's title is most likely a reference to "The Illusion of Life", a Disney animation book written by two long-term animators, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnson, who were also two of Disney's Nine Old Men.
  • The book appears to have horns on the front cover, referencing Bendy's own horns.

Chapter 1: Moving Pictures

  • In older updates before the release of Chapter 4, the book localization was randomized.


Description Audio
The current sound produced when the book is collected.
SFX Book Pick Up Vanish 01
The sound produced when placing the book on the pedestal in the break room.
SFX Book 01
The old sound produced when the book is collected.
Collect Book