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After having watched the new Star Wars movie, I looked up info about the new storyline, and found some articles with details --for example, that Kylo Ren's lightsaber was made from a cracked crystal --that I don't recall from the movie itself. Are there other canon sources (outside the movie itself) for information about the new Star Wars continuity?

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  • I think the crystal part is from the book as far as I understood – Thomas Dec 21 '15 at 18:42
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Yes.

There are (source: starwars.com):

  • Official novelizations

    • Alan Dean Foster novelization

    • Michael Kogge "Junior" novelization

  • Reference materials

    • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary

    • The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Incredible Cross-Sections

  • "Let's make more money for Disney" books

    • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Ultimate Sticker Collection

    • Star Wars: Droid Factory

  • Multiple Disney books for kids

    • Star Wars: Rey Meets BB-8 (Level 1 Reader)

    • Star Wars: Finn & Rey Escape! (8×8, w/stickers)

    • Star Wars: Han & Chewie Return! (8×8)

    • 5-Minute Star Wars Stories

    • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Flashlight Adventure Book

    • Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Lightsaber Rescue

    • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Mix & Match

    • Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Rey’s Survival Guide

    • Star Wars: Finn and the First Order

    • Star Wars: Look and Find

    • Star Wars: The Force Awakens New Adventures

  • Prequel books

    • Aftermath (way way prequel)

    • Star Wars: Before the Awakening

    • 2016 New Republic: Bloodline book

  • General canon novels

    Too many to list, see Wookiepedia.

    However, most of that list is either kid books, and/or set before Endor or its immediate aftermath.

  • More Marvel comics than you can shake your gaffa stick at

    However, none of them are describing the events at the time of The Force Awakens yet - the latest ends around Battle of Endor or soon after.

  • Star Wars Databank on starwars.com has articles with some info

  • I upvoted, but I have a question about the official novelizations --my understanding was that the new movie doesn't align with any earlier books, correct? Is there a new novelization already out? I wouldn't have guessed they would have released one prior to the movie... – Chris Sunami Dec 21 '15 at 18:50
  • @ChrisSunami - digital version of adult novelization was released. Dead tree in January. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 21 '15 at 18:51

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