Recently a thread was started in the Battle.net forums surrounding the topic of lore in Diablo 3. Lore is a very hot topic at the moment, and many players are curious as to how much attention and emphasis Blizzard intends to place upon the storyline, characters, etc. Among the many questions asked was one concerning items that are found randomly throughout the world, which will provide back story.
Will there be individual items scattered around the game world that can be read or listened to for back story, or will it be in one consolidated location?
In an official blue reply, Bashiok responded to many questions including this one.
Quote from Bashiok
Yes there are books that drop somewhat randomly that when picked up can be listened to. I say somewhat randomly because they should make sense contextually. Leoric’s Journal should be dropping in the same dungeon where you fight his undead corpse, and not somewhere else that doesn’t make sense. They’re fully voice acted lore treasures essentially. Think Bioshock tapes. (Source)
This is a nice bit of information for sure. The tomes from both previous Diablo games were such an enjoyable part of game lore. It’s nice to know they’ll be present in D3 as well.