Greg Cox wrote:
I don't know. Seems I still hear these reactions fairly often:
"I don't bother with the books because they're not canon."
"Why can't the books be canon?"
Same here. In fact, I would say I hear it more often than I ever did pre-Internet.
I also hear this conversation quite often:
But what about this inconsistency/plot hole in Episode #45?
That was explained in the novel The Enterprise Syndrome
by Sherman Grant.
The books aren't canon, so that doesn't count.
"Canon is only important to certain people because they have to cling to their knowledge of the minutiae. Open your mind! Be a Star Trek fan and open your mind and say, 'Where does Star Trek want to take me now'." - Leonard Nimoy