Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Achievements


Read all 29 unique XP books within a single playthrough.

Important note: To unlock a few of the E-Books, you'll need to purchase certain Augmentations (as stated in the Roadmap) and complete some tasks throughout the story.

#1: When in Sarif Industries during the attack, there will be a room later on rigged with a bomb and some hostages tied up. When you get to this room make sure you defuse the bomb.
#1.2: From #1 and at the end of the level, make sure you convince Zeke Sanders not to kill the hostage. This way the guys wife you saved will let you into a room later on where an E-Book is located. Though this is achievement related, so you should be doing this.
#3: Make sure you upgrade you Hack Augmentation to level 5. Later on there are some E-Books behind level 5 locked doors and safes.
#4: Finally, make sure you purchase the Icarus Landing System in the Back Augmentations. You'll need this later on for another E-Book.

There's a total of 29 E-Books throughout the Deus Ex story. There's actually many many more, but only 29 are story related ones and are linked to this achievements. You'll know if you've collected one if on the left side you get the XP bonus 'Scholar'.

Rate this achievementAverage Rating (Based on 12 votes)
User Comments
Comment #1 by Pakhair
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 11:53:43 PM

Another Collectible Achievement, I hate these

Comment #2 by xXmyxxmastaXx
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 @ 12:24:35 AM


Comment #3 by OMGmyFACE
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 @ 12:46:12 AM

I can only hope that these aren't hidden, much like the books and newspapers from the first game. You saw 'em laying around and ended up reading them anyway.

Comment #4 by Soulreaper 1337
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 @ 03:28:58 AM

well at this collectible achievement has value, i mean xp i would go for anways so an incentive to get them all is nice.

Comment #5 by ShavenOtter13
Saturday, July 09, 2011 @ 04:52:35 PM

yeah a bit of xp is better than most of the collectable crap from other games....

Comment #6 by hopper10
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 @ 04:59:45 AM

They give you 200 xp for each one collected.

Comment #7 by DEG23
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 01:44:14 AM

Like all achievements that require you to find collectibles, I am destined to miss one

Comment #8 by Conor x420a
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 07:10:16 AM

@7 Miss one and your destined for another playthrough witch suckksss

Comment #9 by j0inville
Thursday, August 04, 2011 @ 06:36:23 AM

29 collectibles ain't that bad compared to other games with 100 and more.

Comment #10 by MonsterAchievements
Friday, August 05, 2011 @ 06:10:24 AM

True 29 Items isn't bad but trying to find them all is a pain.... I try to find and make Achievement/Collectible walkthroughs of games and their Collectibles for Gamers needing Help ! Check out my YouTube (MonsterAchievements) and you will see, i hope this game won't give me much fuss :) i can't wait

Comment #11 by eggchrist
Sunday, August 14, 2011 @ 07:21:18 PM

Shouldnt be too bad.

Comment #12 by phill119
Monday, August 15, 2011 @ 06:47:44 PM

I hate collectibles that doesn't give you some kind of boost, like a praxis point or something

Comment #13 by Shepard Commander 11
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 @ 11:47:06 PM

these are a blight on achievements everywhere

Comment #14 by Mik29
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 08:40:46 AM

I much prefer collectable achievements over Multiplayer on-line achievements.

Comment #15 by DiamondD
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 07:43:13 PM

It's not too bad, since we're actually rewarded with XP for finding the collectibles instead of just randomly counting towards an achievement.

Comment #16 by chetwaters
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 @ 02:06:45 AM

Comment #17 by echoedpulse23
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 @ 02:39:34 AM

although there are only 29, Its just the right amount for me to have a laps at some point in the game and completely miss them. Hopefully there put in places where I can return to!

Comment #18 by OMGmyFACE
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 @ 02:43:20 AM

#14 speaks the truth!

Comment #19 by Bringin SXC bak
Thursday, August 25, 2011 @ 05:38:52 AM

@14 Could'nt have put it better myself!! Plus, 29 collectables really isnt going to put any of us out of our way by too large of an extent. And you guys are right. The XP rewarded for doing so is an insentive in itself. I like the list. Looks like it will be considerably in depth which is what i kinda wanted from this title.

Comment #20 by BenZentar
Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 08:08:56 AM
For all you out there that might need some help with this achievement,
this is showing you the first 5! =)

Comment #21 by Hoitech117
Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 08:12:30 AM

by unique xp books, do they mean the books that yield the 'scholar' reward and 200xp

Comment #22 by Ace5129
Friday, August 26, 2011 @ 03:36:59 PM

is there a written guide to this achievement? I don't see any infomation on the whereabouts of these on the walkthroughs I found.

Comment #23 by stratzvyda
Saturday, August 27, 2011 @ 05:18:35 AM,26849,how-to-find-xp-books-to-get-deus-ex-human-revolution-doctorate-achievement.html, great guide for this achievement

Comment #24 by Zaft
Sunday, August 28, 2011 @ 04:18:33 AM

Yes Hoitech. Books that do not yield the xp reward do not count towards this achievement.

Comment #25 by sparda500
Sunday, August 28, 2011 @ 08:35:36 AM

just found 4 in 1 room gf achievement

Comment #26 by sparda500
Sunday, August 28, 2011 @ 08:38:20 AM

Make that 5 :)

Comment #27 by DirgDiggler83
Sunday, August 28, 2011 @ 03:06:41 PM

is there a in game list of already collected ebooks?

Comment #28 by Glitch in the System
Monday, August 29, 2011 @ 03:19:08 PM

#12 Well, 200xp per book * 29 books = 5800. So one praxis point.... Still, its not too bad.

#27 In one of the back button menus, I believe there is one for all eBooks you read in each area. I don't know if some books count and others don't (I've stopped actually reading them) but the menu shows all that you have read.

Comment #29 by chitown420
Monday, August 29, 2011 @ 03:33:08 PM

there is a written guide on

Comment #30 by Darkqwerty
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 @ 07:01:11 PM

at least theres no multiplayer so no stupid online only achievements hate them

Comment #31 by McBang2023
Thursday, September 01, 2011 @ 12:33:03 AM

So i missed the opportuniy to get a book (The Use of Neuromuscular Facilitation Systems). so sorry. wont be playing the whole thing again for one book.

Comment #32 by Devon012
Thursday, September 01, 2011 @ 05:10:58 PM

Why only 29? Seems like a weird number.

Comment #33 by vonleibniz
Friday, September 02, 2011 @ 04:03:26 PM

Is the achievement referring to the EBOOKS?

Comment #34 by Intelligencer
Saturday, September 03, 2011 @ 07:47:05 PM

aggghhhh!!!! I finished the game and didn't get this. I must have missed only one, what a pain. At least there are more people out there like me that like singleplayer achievements over multiplayer and co-op. I can't stand achievements for multiplayer, they're always so rediculous.

Comment #35 by ChokeOnMyBullet
Sunday, September 04, 2011 @ 10:53:55 AM

Do you have to complete the game to unlock the achievement, because I found the last one and I haven't gotten it yet?! Also I only did the playthrough for this achievement!

Comment #36 by Black Mamba O6
Monday, September 05, 2011 @ 05:37:28 AM

I have to follow the guide to make it
cause i mmissed two of it on my first play

Comment #37 by Rex Ranarum
Monday, September 05, 2011 @ 06:31:23 AM

F*ck, allready missed one in the manufacturinig plant :(

Comment #38 by Geddon
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 10:47:39 AM

If I ever get this its definitely going to be my nightmare achievement. I want DEX to be my first 100%-er but this achievement may stop me! Guide please!

Comment #39 by Rex Ranarum
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 @ 01:38:28 AM

Here are the video guides, enjoy ^^

Comment #40 by WIng Zero Pilot
Thursday, September 08, 2011 @ 12:35:50 PM

Your all a bunch of whining pussies. Suck it up and do it. Its not as bad as some games that have 5 different collectibles and achievements for each.

Comment #41 by sjpsjpsjp
Saturday, September 10, 2011 @ 06:53:54 AM

It wouldn't be so bad if you could keep tabs of the count in the game, like a lot of Rockstar games.

Comment #42 by Naberios
Monday, September 12, 2011 @ 10:38:36 PM

@25 I don't believe there's anywhere where you collect 5 XP ebooks in one room. You may have found 5 ebooks, but my guess is most of them were of the non-XP variety. Which is one of the things that makes this achievement a pain in the butt, a couple hundred ebooks but only 29 unique XP ebooks.

@35 The achievement pops as soon as you "read" the 29th XP ebook, not when the game ends. You may have counted a (or some) non-XP ebooks along the way.

@38 I used a combo of a good youtube walkthrough & a written guide. I'll try to post links to the written guide and part 1 of the video(part 2 is up also):

Comment #43 by Lastchange
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @ 02:37:12 AM

Just played all the way through, and got the 29th book, and no achiev, looked at my ebooks, missed one, hate this crap

Comment #44 by taylorl72
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 @ 08:35:38 PM

Just like everyone else, these collectible achievements are not my favorite. Especially the ones that require you to get %100 of them. But at least this one gives you XP and theres only 29 of them...

Comment #45 by Shepard
Thursday, September 22, 2011 @ 11:58:17 AM

If no one likes collectible achivements why in earth games keep having those? Remember alan wake?

and btw. There are dozens of ebooks, but only a few give 200 exp, and those are the ones that count. To make things worse after you have them there is not way to keep track of which one gave you exp and which didn't. They just put 'em all in the same list.

Comment #46 by kinjoking
Saturday, September 24, 2011 @ 05:32:50 PM

i read like 60 books so far and still havnt got chievo, i thought this was meant to be fairly straight forward

Comment #47 by Naberios
Sunday, September 25, 2011 @ 04:01:49 AM

@46 Read all the posts(or at least a few) before posting. There are tons of eBooks scattered around, but only 29 unique eBooks that give you a 200 XP Scholar bonus(all dealing with Hugh Darrow and his speeches/breakthroughs).

@45 If you check out that written guide I referred to earlier, it lists the names of the eBooks(minus a couple) so you can compare and see which ones are missing. If you're missing the ones that it doesn't show the names for, let me know, I marked them down.

Comment #48 by V0RTEXX
Sunday, September 25, 2011 @ 10:52:39 AM

This achievement is one heck of a pain. Although I'd trade this for those multiplayer achivements *ANY* day. The ones @ Sarif HQ, you're able to go back for at least twice... just don't miss any of the ones in the Manufacturing plant. The one I missed was under a box in one of the offices, how obscure can you be?

Comment #49 by Werewolf Poo
Sunday, September 25, 2011 @ 06:40:24 PM

I had to do a fourth playthrough to get these, I didn't mind as it was still good fun

Comment #50 by Naberios
Saturday, October 01, 2011 @ 09:41:21 AM


I missed that same one. Thankfully(kind of), I found out about it after only about an hour more play time, and had a saved game right after I dealt this Zeke. So I just bit the bullet and reloaded and restarted from there. Got them all on my first playthrough.

Comment #51 by captpluto9465
Monday, October 10, 2011 @ 12:42:27 PM

Of course the only one I missed was in the Picus TV station where you can't go back. At least this is easier than inFamous's 300+ stupid shards.

Comment #52 by cjdavies
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 02:19:44 PM

Missed this on my first play through, not going to bother one, want to finish Legend as quick as possible, no exploring just main missions.

Comment #53 by Plassie
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 04:29:10 AM

And offcourse missed this one.

Maby over a few months when I will replay this game

Comment #54 by DRichards
Saturday, November 26, 2011 @ 11:10:38 AM

I hate these - no upgrade bonus, just xp I can get from taking people out and hacking anyway :-p bum cheevo,

Comment #55 by baberific
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 02:03:05 PM

This is one those tedious gathering achievements that I kinda wish weren't around anymore...but nonetheless, it's something I have to do.

Comment #56 by bakusaiga
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 05:51:40 PM

anyone got a map or walkthrough for this

Comment #57 by ValiantSlothman
Friday, February 17, 2012 @ 12:11:13 AM

@39 This is the best achievement guide that I have seen for the XP books. Very detailed, but at a fast enough pace that you're not sitting there forever waiting for the final destination. Well done. And thank you!

Comment #58 by HVAC Techie
Friday, March 02, 2012 @ 12:29:24 PM

I missed this one. I did get them all, but I died on my way out of the Detroit PD, and by that time I'd forgotten about the eBook and just stealthed my way out. I wish it autosaved when you found a book.

Comment #59 by SnakeIntheboX
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 @ 07:30:02 AM

Its just poor design to have collectables in an OPEN world sandbox that can be PERMANENTLY missed. All collectables should have been in areas that can be revisited.

This Achievement guide should have also mentioned the specific areas that can not be revisited.

The icing on the sh!t cake is the fact NONE of the collectibles are saved in your following play through and you are forced to complete the entire game even if you missed only 1 book near the start.

The number and concept of these collectables is not bad, but the implementation is just terrible.

Save yourself some irritation and use this guide to check them off one by one. The guide on this site is a confusing mess and irritatingly vague, its value is limited to a checklist only.

Use this guide and mark them off one by

Comment #60 by SnakeIntheboX
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 @ 07:33:55 AM


Comment #61 by ttdrevan
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 02:56:18 PM

Just unlocked. Have YT on standby whenever you go to new area.

Comment #62 by minefieldmonkey
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 @ 04:22:37 PM

I like a challenge but definetly needed youtube for this as was doing foxiest pacifist and legend at the same time the list on the achievement guide on this site helped for a rough guide too

Comment #63 by Pigpeyn
Sunday, October 28, 2012 @ 10:24:05 AM

you don't really need the level 5 hack augmentation, you can find all the codes online. cheap move but i'd rather spend points on violence.

Comment #64 by Aeterna Hope
Monday, November 26, 2012 @ 08:07:28 AM

Wouldnt mind this if it wasnt possible to miss one in a place you cant go back to :L

Comment #65 by XenonWolf
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 @ 03:45:58 PM

I missed one as well ._.
but I'm alright with another run-through

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Game Info
Eidos Montreal
Square Enix


US August 23, 2011
Europe August 26, 2011

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