Search Your Kindle: Star Wars eBooks Now Available

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For thirty years, people have been writing Star Wars books. That’s a long time (and a jumbled canon) but yesterday, finally, Star Wars entered the future. Lucasfilm and Random House announced that the entire library of Star Wars fiction titles (Del Rey/Bantam Spectra) will be available in eBook format, as will any future releases under the imprints. That’s 100+ books added to the 30 that were available already. It’s probably going to take you longer than 12 parsecs to read them.

Additionally, each title will contain extra content, the first of which sounds extremely handy:

  • An updated Star Wars novels timeline
  • An introduction to the six major Star Wars eras: The Old Republic, Rise of the Empire, Rebellion, The New Republic, New Jedi Order, and Legacy
  • Over half a dozen additional excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years

It’s a smart move on Random House’s part, since virtually every other aspect of the SW universe has been marketed to saturation. Holding out until yesterday may have been a good idea–most people have not read all 130+ Star Wars novels, so it’s like getting something new.

I’ve never read anything from the Star Wars series. If I were to pick a book now, where should I start?

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37 Responses to Search Your Kindle: Star Wars eBooks Now Available

  1. The expanded material is the only thing going for it.  Otherwise, the books have been around one way or another for quite some time.

    As far as where to start.  I would guess at Episode IV.

  2. Despite there being 130+ novels, your question is an easy one. Start with Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn. The Thrawn Trilogy (of which HttE is the first book) best captures the feel of the original novels while expanding into new territory. A fantastic exploration of the universe, interesting info about the Force, and a great evolution of the characters. Definitely a "big scope" storyline.

    After that, I highly recommend Michael A. Stackpole's X-Wing series, which starts with Rogue Squadron. This captures much more of the military/space combat, and focuses on mostly new characters. A much smaller scale storyline, but still impactful on the universe as a whole. 

    • Second the Thrawn Trilogy.  I was asking the same question about two months ago, and this was suggested to me.  I've now read all 5 of Zahn's SW books (Trilogy plus Hand of Thrawn books) and enjoyed them all.

    • Second the Thrawn Trilogy.  I was asking the same question about two months ago, and this was suggested to me.  I've now read all 5 of Zahn's SW books (Trilogy plus Hand of Thrawn books) and enjoyed them all.

    • Thrawn Trilogy by far.  Timothy Zahn's grasp of the Star Wars universe is amazing and his writing style makes the books enjoyable time after time.  I know I have read it 5 or six times so far.

    • Thrawn Trilogy by far.  Timothy Zahn’s grasp of the Star Wars universe is amazing and his writing style makes the books enjoyable time after time.  I know I have read it 5 or six times so far.

  3. You want advice on where to start reading the Star Wars books? That is tough. "Truce at Bakura" would be an obvious starting place. It takes place immediately following "Return of the Jedi." "Shadows of the "Empire" is a decent book taking place between Empire Strikes Back and Jedi. My wife's favorite book is "The Courtship of Princess Leia."

    But if you are really going to get into the books, I suggest looking at when the books take place. A lot of the Star Wars books assume you are familiar with events in previous Star Wars books, and if you aren't, then you could be lost.

    • I agree with Corfy, I've read them all, some several times, and I would start at Truce at Bakura as well.

      While I don't dispute Nick's advice on Heir to the Empire being a good book, I highly disagree on it being a good starting spot.  The first Extended Universe book I read was Dark Apprentice by Kevin J Anderson (found it at a used book store and had no idea what I was getting into), and while it was good, reading it out of order left me with a lot of questions (good, it made me seek out the other books) and a lot of spoilers (bad for obvious reasons).  The X-Wing series he mentioned is one of my favorites by far but still read them chronologically.

      Start with Truce at Bakura and go forward, Star Wars is as much about watching our favorite characters grow as it is about the universe itself.  You'll enjoy the time spent reading about how they mature, relate to each other, and more as much as anything.

    • I agree with Corfy, I’ve read them all, some several times, and I would start at Truce at Bakura as well.

      While I don’t dispute Nick’s advice on Heir to the Empire being a good book, I highly disagree on it being a good starting spot.  The first Extended Universe book I read was Dark Apprentice by Kevin J Anderson (found it at a used book store and had no idea what I was getting into), and while it was good, reading it out of order left me with a lot of questions (good, it made me seek out the other books) and a lot of spoilers (bad for obvious reasons).  The X-Wing series he mentioned is one of my favorites by far but still read them chronologically.

      Start with Truce at Bakura and go forward, Star Wars is as much about watching our favorite characters grow as it is about the universe itself.  You’ll enjoy the time spent reading about how they mature, relate to each other, and more as much as anything.

      • I may be mistaken, but I'm pretty sure Heir to the Empire was written before Truce at Bakura (in fact I believe several of the novel trilogies were).  While obviously, you are correct that chronologically Bakura happens before Heir, since in the real world that isn't the case there is no dependency on the "earlier" information.  Honestly, I think the best place to start is Heir, then go back and hit Bakura and move forward.  And I wouldn't worry about any pre-episode IV stuff till much later.  (Except maybe Shadows.)  Although if you ARE going to hit up some pre-Episode IV content, I HIGHLY recommend the Republic Commando series by Karen Traviss.  Even if it isn't going to continue anymore (last I heard), still a fantastic series.

        • You are correct that it was written before, however that wasn't my point. It does matter about reading them chronologically, because there is a case of dependency. (brace yourself, here comes the geekage) Heir to the Empire was published in 1991, Leia & Han are obviously married (and pregnant). The Courtship of Princess Leia wasn't published until 1994 to explain how they got together. There's other things it would be helpful to know ahead of time too, the retaking of Coruscant. If there's one thing Lucas has been doing right with the universe since the initial movie trilogy, its making (most of) the Expanded Universe books gel with each other (notable exception is Splinter of the Mind's Eye). There's things mentioned in books written in the early and mid-90s that weren't covered until books written many years later. And that is pretty great in my opinion.

  4. Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn is a great starting point, and is probably going to be the most recommended first book to read.  If you’re looking to stay within the realm of the movies as a starting point, Shadows of the Empire and Death Star are both great.

  5. Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn is a great starting point, and is probably going to be the most recommended first book to read.  If you're looking to stay within the realm of the movies as a starting point, Shadows of the Empire and Death Star are both great.

  6. Thrawn Trilogy is great… as is anything by Timothy Zahn… but if you're not familiar with the EU start with Truce at Bakura and Shadows…. This is the biggest thing that's pushing me to get a nook, I mean, now I have a "legitimate" excuse.

  7. Thrawn Trilogy is great… as is anything by Timothy Zahn… but if you’re not familiar with the EU start with Truce at Bakura and Shadows…. This is the biggest thing that’s pushing me to get a nook, I mean, now I have a “legitimate” excuse.

  8. I didn't even know there were stories going on after The Return of the Jedi… I guess I'm not a huge fan. I'd still like to read them though!!!! Does somebody know about stories on Anakin before he turned into Darth Vader? 

  9. I didn't even know there were stories going on after The Return of the Jedi… I guess I'm not a huge fan. I'd still like to read them though!!!! Does somebody know about stories on Anakin before he turned into Darth Vader? 

  10. Third the Thrawn Trilogy. It's the best trilogy of the entire series. Hands down. Sure, there's an occassional book that's really good (I, Jedi), but compared to the rest of the trilogies or dualogies it's the best. And while it's awesome that the books are now digital, it'd be more awesome if I didn't already own them all.

  11. Third the Thrawn Trilogy. It's the best trilogy of the entire series. Hands down. Sure, there's an occassional book that's really good (I, Jedi), but compared to the rest of the trilogies or dualogies it's the best. And while it's awesome that the books are now digital, it'd be more awesome if I didn't already own them all.

  12. Third the Thrawn Trilogy. It's the best trilogy of the entire series. Hands down. Sure, there's an occassional book that's really good (I, Jedi), but compared to the rest of the trilogies or dualogies it's the best. And while it's awesome that the books are now digital, it'd be more awesome if I didn't already own them all.

  13. Third the Thrawn Trilogy. It’s the best trilogy of the entire series. Hands down. Sure, there’s an occassional book that’s really good (I, Jedi), but compared to the rest of the trilogies or dualogies it’s the best. And while it’s awesome that the books are now digital, it’d be more awesome if I didn’t already own them all.

  14. "Star Wars: Traitor" by Matthew Stover is the greatest book I have ever read. This is a ludicrous statement, but it is true. So I would recommend that book very strongly. However, it is unfortunately right in the middle of the 19-book New Jedi Order series. Technically you could theoretically read this book without reading the rest of the series and it would still be enjoyable, but the rest of the series may help. Anyway, I highly recommend this sole book. It takes Star Wars to another level, in my honest opinion.

  15. "Star Wars: Traitor" by Matthew Stover is the greatest book I have ever read. This is a ludicrous statement, but it is true. So I would recommend that book very strongly. However, it is unfortunately right in the middle of the 19-book New Jedi Order series. Technically you could theoretically read this book without reading the rest of the series and it would still be enjoyable, but the rest of the series may help. Anyway, I highly recommend this sole book. It takes Star Wars to another level, in my honest opinion.

  16. "Star Wars: Traitor" by Matthew Stover is the greatest book I have ever read. This is a ludicrous statement, but it is true. So I would recommend that book very strongly. However, it is unfortunately right in the middle of the 19-book New Jedi Order series. Technically you could theoretically read this book without reading the rest of the series and it would still be enjoyable, but the rest of the series may help. Anyway, I highly recommend this sole book. It takes Star Wars to another level, in my honest opinion.

  17. "Star Wars: Traitor" by Matthew Stover is the greatest book I have ever read. This is a ludicrous statement, but it is true. So I would recommend that book very strongly. However, it is unfortunately right in the middle of the 19-book New Jedi Order series. Technically you could theoretically read this book without reading the rest of the series and it would still be enjoyable, but the rest of the series may help. Anyway, I highly recommend this sole book. It takes Star Wars to another level, in my honest opinion.

  18. "Star Wars: Traitor" by Matthew Stover is the greatest book I have ever read. This is a ludicrous statement, but it is true. So I would recommend that book very strongly. However, it is unfortunately right in the middle of the 19-book New Jedi Order series. Technically you could theoretically read this book without reading the rest of the series and it would still be enjoyable, but the rest of the series may help. Anyway, I highly recommend this sole book. It takes Star Wars to another level, in my honest opinion.