Nice guide. I have to admit though, It really didn't dawn on me that the brown icon was dung. This is odd, considering it was used in other versions of MH as well. But now that you've mentioned it, it does in fact make sense. I was only obtaining the points personally by doing the dailies, so I didn't really understand as to what I actually needed. Good to know though.|
Also, I was obtaining these "Skill Books" from the Hunting quest that has a timer counting down, which basically switches to another quest, pretty much what "Event" quests were back in MH 1 (PS2), only instead of on a 25-30 minute timer, it took a 2 weeks in order for the event quests to change. I am not sure if these always hand out "Books" for your Felyne's yet, I seldom do them, but from the few times I have done them, I was able to obtain two books per run.
Upon completion, you'll goto the reward screen where you if you've obtained these books, you should see colored books with icons on them.
I just did a quick Event Quest (or so I'm going to call them), and sloppy I might add which only gave me gold. But as you can see, I've obtained a Felyne/Melynx skill book, a red/orange one. Which you can then equip in the corresponding colored slot. This is just one of my Alternative characters, so, I don't really have anymore books to show you, as they disappear upon use of the current selected Felyne/Melynx.
Now from my observation, the red books are "Active" skills, giving your felyne/melynx different skills, the blue books seem to be passive skills, which on my main's Felyne I currently have an attack boost passive on my Felyne (or so what I believe to be an attack boost) now with my Felyne's status bar having a sword Icon beside them. Of course I could be entirely wrong.
Anyways, these are the skill books you can obtain from doing these event quests. it's worth noting while in the event quests you will not be able to carve monsters. Also, you will use "Hunting Tickets" (or so I call them) in order to do these quests/hunts just like you would normally.
Anyways, sorry for posting this stuff here, just thought I'd take the time to show you what I meant.