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Hotel Royale book

The book Hotel Royale

James T

Kirk with a book at a lectern

Cogley surrounded by books

Samuel Cogley searching legal books

Library books

Kima standing in front of some books at a library


A bookshelf with a number of books

Novel redirects here; for Star Trek books, please see Novels.
For the device, please see Book (device).
For the Kwejian, please see Cleveland Booker.

A book was a collected set of information, on either fictional or non-fictional topics. Originally, books consisted of a number of pages bound together, with informational content written or printed onto them. These were known as paper books. Paper books are divided into several classes depending on use. Books for educational use were called textbooks. General reading books were broken into one of two classes depending on cover. Books with rigid covers resistant to bending were called hardcover books. Less expensive books using covers of thin paperboard, were called paperback books. Prior to and even for some time after the development of the personal computer, millions of books were sold on earth every year.

As technology developed, books became available in electronic form to be viewed on PADDs or computer terminals. Books were sometimes discussed in social settings through book clubs. (ENT: "Horizon") Physical, non-electronic, bound books were still produced in the 23rd and 24th centuries, but were relatively rare, encountered as specialty items or antiques. (DIS: "Context Is for Kings")

Children's books

Children's books in the year 2000

Captain Jonathan Archer kept several books on his desk and his cabinet in his ready room aboard Enterprise NX-01. (ENT: "Terra Nova", "The Andorian Incident", "Breaking the Ice", "Fortunate Son", "The Catwalk", "Regeneration")

In the 31st century of another alternate timeline, Daniels and Captain Jonathan Archer found a library filled with paper books. This was an indication to Daniels that something was very wrong, as all of the data in the library was supposed to be stored electronically. (ENT: "Shockwave, Part II")

In 2256, when Michael Burnham was unpacking her belongings in her new quarters on USS Discovery, her new roommate Sylvia Tilly was surprised to see that she had a "book", that is, an antique physical copy of Alice in Wonderland. (DIS: "Context Is for Kings")

In 2266, when USS Enterprise Captain James T. Kirk was officiating the (ultimately interrupted) wedding of Angela Martine and Robert Tomlinson, a book was on a lectern before him. (TOS: "Balance of Terror")

On Kirk's birthday in 2285, Spock gifted Kirk, who was a Starfleet admiral at that point, the book A Tale of Two Cities. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

Captain Jean-Luc Picard had a collection with Shakespeare's plays in the form of a book displayed in his ready room aboard the USS Enterprise-D. (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

In 2366, when Ensign Wesley Crusher had a date with Suzanne Dumont, Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge expressed doubt at the possibility that anything would happen between the two, to which Crusher retorted, "At least I'm not spending the night with a good book like some people." La Forge replied that he'd get more action out of a good book than he'd ever see on the date. Though unaware of it at the time, their hostility towards each other was actually being caused by negative emotions produced by Sarek, who was on-board the Enterprise at the time and losing control due to Bendii Syndrome. (TNG: "Sarek")

After Vash returned from the Gamma Quadrant in 2369, she thought about writing a book about all the civilizations she had encountered there. (DS9: "Q-Less")

Benjamin Sisko told his son, Jake, that all books by Galileo Galilei were burned after he was found guilty by the Inquisition. (DS9: "In the Hands of the Prophets")

Miles O'Brien introduced Odo to 20th century crime novels, and Odo was later seen reading them on PADDs several times, including Kiss Me Deadly. (DS9: "Shadows and Symbols")

In an alternate timeline, Jake Sisko published two books. (DS9: "The Visitor")

In 2376, Tom Paris rejected the idea of recreating the Fair Haven holoprogram from scratch, as he felt that it would be like re-writing a novel after the sole copy of the data file was deleted – "All the details, the nuances, they're all gone." (VOY: "Fair Haven")

In the first draft script of TOS: "Charlie X", Sulu gave a book to Doctor McCoy. Responding to that scene in a memo which Associate Producer Robert H. Justman wrote Producer Gene Roddenberry (on 7 June 1966), Justman critiqued, "I really doubt that they would have books. I think that all their reading material is stored in tape index cards."



Beta 5 computer hidden

A bookcase

Encyclopedia, The Expanse

An encyclopedia owned by Hoshi Sato

Several additional books were seen in a deleted scene from the expanse. These included Languages of the Sub-Sahara, several Starfleet Language Conference books, and more.

Several Danish or Swedish books used as set dressing were sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay. [1]


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