The novella was in these bigger plastic boxes protecting it. I think it's just a recap like you suggested. It's not much from what I read and I'm sure there' scans of it online. I'm not a FF or video game collector so it didn't matter to me. The trade in value of the PS3 was higher on Amazon so I went with that one.
re: Rage, make sure you do all the side missions before the main story ones because unlike Borderlands and other games, you can't go back in and finish them once the story ends.