I used the original cover from Redguard for each book. This only showed the front cover of the book, and I wanted the back and spine as well. The original was the wrong size to fit on the NIF file used. First, I opened octavo03.dds with Photoshop, as well as the jpg of the cover. Then, I pasted the jpg on top of the octavo03 image. This was then resized, using Free Transform, so that it just covered the front of the book, excluding the spine and the back.
Next, I duplicated the resized image and pasted it to cover the back. I then used the clone brush to erase the writing from the back cover.
Finally, for the spine, I copied part of the now blank back cover and pasted it onto the spine. I then copied the writing from the front cover, rotated it and placed it on the spine then, using magic wand, selected and removed the areas of cover surrounding the letters. Each word was copied separately, so they could be fitted in a line.
Viewing in NIFSkope
After I finally got the texture to show up in game, it was extremely dark. This is apparently caused by either no normal map or no alpha channel in the normal map. Now, I knew the normal map existed, but no matter how many tutorials I followed, or what tweaks I made to the normal map, I couldn't get rid of the black texture. It hardly seemed likely that every tutorial was wrong, so presumably the fault was elsewhere. Finally, I discovered it; it was the file name.
Problems With The Images
Although each image in the book was supposed to be centred, in some cases they weren't, and in addition the text following them didn't appear on a new line as it was supposed to. This was eventually tracked down to what appears to be a bug with how the <IMG> tag works in the Construction Set. For some reason, after using <IMG>, the code immediately after it was ignored. This is fixed by using a space after the closing of the tag.
Making Inventory Icons
I could have used a generic book icon, but I wanted one unique to the book as with the cover. Initially, I took a screenshot of the book in Oblivion itself, and cleaned that up in Photoshop and resized to make an inventory icon. The result wasn't quite what was hoped, partly due to problems in getting the book to orient properly and party because the book is still a bit dark in game.
The Second Book
Once the process was completed for the first book, it was then duplicated for the second, Flora of Hammerfell. The second naturally went much faster than the first.
Cleaning The Mod
After the books had been finished, the temporary merchant container was then deleted. Finally, the mod needing checking to see if it was "dirty." There was always the possibility, especially with the alteration to Mach-Na, that some unneeded or unwanted edits had been made to the game. A mod that hasn't had those edits removed is "dirty."
It is possible to do this using the Construction Set by selecting "Details" for the mod in question. There are also a number of tools available for doing this, such as TES4Edit, TES4Snip and TES4Gecko; however, this mod is simple enough that just deleting the relevant edits using the Construction Set should be easy enough. This basically involved deleting those references to Mach-Na from the list.
Checking The Books Again
Now that the vendor container had been removed, and the mod cleaned, it was necessary to use the Console to give the player items in the game to check that they were still okay. This required going in game, opening the Console, then using the command "player.giveitem xxyyyyyy z". xx is the prefix to be put in front of the Form ID which was obtained using the Oblivion Mod Manager, in this case, the prefix was 35, yyyyyy is the Form ID obtained from the Construction Set with the first two numbers removed, which here were 01002351 and 01002352 so in each case the 01 was removed from the beginning, and z is the item quantity. The resulting commands were "player.giveitem 35002351 1" and "player.giveitem 35002352 1".
Adding Created By And Summary
A Complete Mod
I did learn enough from this first attempt to make a third book much faster, and was also able to add new meshes and textures to the books originally created much more quickly.