One part of the trailer for The Last Jedi always puzzled me: We see one shot of what looks like a shelf of books - you know; with covers, spines, paper pages, etc.

shelf of books?

Later we get this close up and see what appear to be paper pages in the book(s):

pages of book?

The problem is I don't remember seeing books in Star Wars before, so I'm wondering, have there been any books in the Star Wars movies* before this? I always figured Star Wars would only have digital "soft copies" for reading via console or holograms etc. like the digital information available in the Jedi archives.

*Preferred sources: Movies > old version of "canon" > new Disney "canon"

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    – Valorum
    Jul 26, 2017 at 21:36
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    How is that 'not doing their homework'? The movies are a small portion of time in a small portion of a galaxy. Just because you don't see any doesn't mean they don't exist. Jul 27, 2017 at 2:03
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    Given that the movies show planets where some people are eking out a very basic existence, still using animals for transport etc. and some species still live in tents and caves, it should not be surprising that books still persist as a method of storing information. Just as in our world there are people and cultures who live a lifestyle that pre-dates the industrial age, let alone the digital age.
    – user22478
    Jul 27, 2017 at 4:25
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    Presumably those books are very, very old, before holochrons and electronic information storage became available.
    – Bob
    Jul 27, 2017 at 12:21
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    @pepoluan I am certainly not the only one on SFF SE that referres to it that way. I suspect the fact that Disney owns Lucasfilm just may have lead to Disney having some part in determining what is and is not canon. But you can ask Valorum if you want. :D Have a great day.
    – RedCaio
    Aug 18, 2017 at 2:07

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Just recently in the new novel Star Wars: Battlefront II - Inferno Squad, it is mentioned that a Moff has a book collection, but they are all very old and the characters mentioned that they had never seen a physical book before:

"Don't miss a chance to look into the library - the moff has a collection of actual old books. Don't see that every day."

In response to this, a character says:

"I've never seen a book collection..."

So it can be assumed that books exist, but they are very old and rarely seen in physical form in the movie eras.


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