King Daniel wrote:
2012 was a great year for Trek novels. Lots of fans whinge and whine that the prime universe is "gone" and "not coming back" when it never actually went away. Lots of huge things happened...
...and the quality of the stories was consistently very high.
2013 should be another great year, with Rise of the Federation
showing us the... ummm.... rise of the Federation in the 2160's, and the huge 5-book 24th century miniseries series The Fall
which may or may not be the fall of the Federaton's rival superpower, the Typhon Pact.
Aren't those decidedly un-canon though?
So what if they are? It's not as if anything's ever going to contradict them. We will never see the prime timeline in a film again. So therefore the novels are as good as canon, if not actually being it.