I'm a (quite) new GM who's going to start a Traveller campaign, where my players don't know anything about the setting (be it the canon one or a modified one). I tried to sum the basic setting concepts (Imperium government description, major races, galactic directions, jump, law levels etc.) in few pages for them to read, so when they'll start they'll know something about it. I didn't liked to do it but I told them that would be the only thing they would have to read, so please read it (and that's true). Problem is, of course they never read it, even if those were few pages. Since I'm new at this, I don't really know how to tell them about the basic setting facts without doing a boring introduction or making them read these things. Can you suggest me some ways to handle it? Thank you very much!
EDIT Thank you all for the answers, these are really good advice! But -pity me!- I realize looking at your answers that I've not been clear with my question. I was referring to the general setting, not specific places (or people or things). My problem was more "How can I explain them the Star Wars universe?" (with this I mean a general overview like Rebels and Empire, Jedi, hyperspace etc) than "How can i tell them about Tatooine/Jedi/Darth Vader etc?". Nonetheless I will not ask you to edit your replies because I find they can help me anyway with my problem and with any other similar setting telling related problem.
Related to my question, one of my friends suggested me to prepare a short pre-quest for every one of my players in order to tell them a little of the setting each. It is a similar approach to the suggestion @GMJoe gave me in his comment and @Sardathrion's answer. Anyway I think I'll use a mix of all your suggestion :)
Thank you very much!