My introduction to Star trek books were the Pocket Numbered books. They're still the majority of my collection (probably 80+ ST books). Both old and new have hit and misses. While I'm a big fan of continuity, sometimes having books that don't change everything are nice, and the old had some great ones (Vulcan Academy Murder i9s still one of my favorite Original Series stories, period). Plus, they seemed to be able to get away with more sometimesm like TOS crew vs. a scientifically created vampire (who actually drank blood and was sensitive to light) or books that didn't even focus on the main crew much (like the Dreadnought and battleship...duology? Is that the right word). The new has some great stuff, too (Cold Equations that just finished was an amazing trilogy). I don't think either era is better than the other (although the pre pocket books stuff is pretty hit or miss). They both have flaws and highlights. If you put a gun to my head, I'd say pre relaunch stuff was a bit better because a lot of my favorite books (Vulcan Academy Murders, Q-Continuum Trilogy, The Captain's Daughter, TOS Dreadnought/Battleships, Q-Squared and I,Q, to name just a few) were before the relaunch. But, the post relauch still has the DS9 Typhon Pact books, Cold Equations Trilogy, and The Department of Temporal Investigations books, all of which are on the level of the best of the pocket books. So, I'd say people who like Star Trek books should read both old and new books, there is a lot of great stuff. There is also some bad stuff, but any series like this is bound to have some.