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The book Hotel Royale

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Kirk with a book at a lectern

Novel redirects here; for Star Trek books, please see Novels.

A book consisted of a number of pages bound together. As technology developed, books became available in electronic form to be viewed on PADDs or computer terminals. Books might be discussed in a social setting through book clubs. (ENT: "Horizon")

Captain Jonathan Archer kept several books on his desk in his ready room aboard Enterprise NX-01. (ENT: "The Catwalk", "Regeneration")

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 of 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 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 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 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."

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A bookcase

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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