I think the "Tales"-series of short stories ("Tales of the Bounty Hunters", "Tales from Jabba's Palace", etc.) were supposed to be What If sort of exercises. They weren't canon, just some authors getting permission to tell the stories of some of the background characters from the movies. If you like them, fine; if not, just ignore them.
"We think in language; therefore, the quality of our thoughts can only be as good as the quality of our language."
-- George Carlin