Greg Cox wrote:
Allyn Gibson wrote:
Perhaps. But I imagine that Pocket would have been happier and Star Trek
novels would have sold better if fans hadn't been told repeatedly that the books didn't count.
On the other hand, it's worth noting that there's a potential dark side to treating tie-in books as canon.
I never said that the books should be treated as canon. I didn't even bring up canon.
My point was that by saying the books don't count Arnold was giving fans a very good reason to not buy a product. And it's possible, even likely, that there were people who didn't buy the books or the novels for that very reason; why spend money on a product if you're told that you're wasting your money on something that's unimportant? Essentially, Arnold was costing Pocket Books money, and by costing Pocket money he was costing Paramount money.