I was around poking around Amazon, when I saw this book listed as getting a reprint next year (it has been out of print for a while now). This book contains the original Gundam novel trilogy, which is a radical, more realistic, retelling of First Gundam, written by Yoshiyuki Tomino himself. This book is an extremely entertaining read, and, while the story bears little resemblance to that of the original series (especially once you get past the first book), it still provides a ton of useful backstory on the Universal Century, and it goes into concepts like Newtypes in great detail. Every Gundam fan should own this book; for UC fans in particular, this is mandatory reading.
Personally, I hope this also gets a release on iBooks (or, failing that, Kindle). I already have this book in print, but I’ve been afraid of my copy getting damaged/stolen ever since i had it signed by Tomino, so it basically sits on my bookshelf out of harm’s way. Amazon has a button that you can click to request that the publisher make an ebook edition available. Please be awesome and click it.
Here’s the link to Amazon’s preorder page.