NYTimes’s New Book Brings the History of Star Wars to Your Coffee Table

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Star Wars has a history of making beautifully-illustrated coffee table books that offer a glimpse of the world that exists beyond the confines of the movie theater.

Now the NYTimes entering this rich market. The Verge reports that the NYTimes has published a book compiled from its clippings archive.

There are a ton of Star Wars books out there, ranging from novels to official reference books to unofficial histories and biographiesThe New York Times has recently released a Star Wars book of its own: In a Galaxy Far, Far Away, which compiles most of the publications’ coverage on the franchise.

The coffee table book begins its coverage in 1973 with a feature about George Lucas, which revealed that he was working on a space opera film. The Times describes the book as the “ultimate anthology” of its coverage of the franchise, containing its articles, reviews, obituaries, photographs, and more, from the beginning of the franchise all the way up to the recently released Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

You can find the book in the NYTimes's online store for $70 plus shipping.

Over on Facebook Mark Williams cited this book as proof that print isn't going away; I agree with him, but not for the reason you think.

NYTimes's New Book Brings the History of Star Wars to Your Coffee Table Uncategorized

It's not that you can't make the digital equivalent of a coffee table book. I know of at least one app that qualifies (The Final Hours of Portal 2), and you could easily make something similar using a website.

The problem is monetizing the work so the creator can get paid for their labor. That ebook app on Portal costs $2, while the NYTimes's Star Wars book costs $70. Both are being sold to fans, and yet one is constrained by market pressures (a $70 ebook app wouldn't fly) and by the fact that consumers won't pay as much for digital products.

And that is not a bad thing, if only because the book would have likely outlived the equivalent app or website.

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