Hello - most likely yes, the default skills won't change unless I hear some more feedback. It seems to be a pretty good starting set. I may link this up to difficulty levels though, and of course there's always modding.
This isn't really clear yet but reading a new book on the same skill counts as experience in that skill, which is why they're still in the library. Also you'll start with fewer revealed blueprints so those books will probably have some extra blueprints in them.
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