To call this book a major disappointment would be an understatement. The entire thing reeks of a money grab in anticipation of the next JJ Abrams movie.
First thing you should notice about the product description is that it says "48 pages". When you get the book, it only goes to 40 pages - so I guess they're including the table of contents, the book jacket, and the filler pages. If you cut out all of the fluff and include the introduction, this book starts on page 5 and ends on page 40. That's right, approximately 35 pages.
Now, I'd be ok with 35 pages if they were awesome. Unfortunately, this book is more like an episode of Pop-up Video. Each page is a double-page shot from the show overlaid with smaller window images with blurbs of information. As for the type and depth of information, here's an excerpt:
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
The commanding officer of the Starship Enterprise-D is Captain Jean-Luc Picard. A native of LaBarre, France, on Earth, Picard dreamed of exploring the cosmos ever since he was a child. Even as a Starfleet cadet, he attracted the notice of Admiral Hansen, who correctly predicted that Picard would be one of the service's rising stars. Picard's brilliant, deeply ethical leadership has been a key factor in the successful completion of many missions."
That's as deep as the information entries go.
With Michael Okuda's name on the front cover, if you were hoping for an updated Star Trek The Next Generation: Technical Manual, you're going to be sorely disappointed. As for the "Breathtaking 3D Tour" - it's an HTML file loaded with a Flash interface which just loads five or six sections of the ship for you to look around in. Very similar to what was included in the Star Trek Omnipedia. I'd only consider it "Breathtaking" if you're easily amused and have a large piece of eggplant stuck in your frontal lobe.
So, who is this for?
If you have a very young child - probably around the age of 10 or younger - who's getting into ST:TNG, this might be a good buy for them. The pictures are very colorful, the words easy to understand, and the information is given in short bursts - no long, drawn-out paragraphs.
For the adult - skip this unless you're a die-hard fan who just has to have every single book published, or if you found it in the dollar bin - which is where I'm predicting this particular book will end up relatively quickly.