Just curious - is it possible to publish a book, and then add it as a "chapter" to another master book? I'm looking into creating a book for the head of each family within a given family line. Example, the master book would be for the paternal head of a family line, and the chapters would be for each of his direct decendents who are heads of families, for a given number of generatios. This could then be saved to a PDF for distribution to others in my family. The content of the master book would include details for each decendent head's famiies. The alternative would be to create separate books for each head of family and then combine them into a PDF.
I've made lots of Publisher books, and one of the aspects I like best is that, once a Publisher book has been defined by selecting chapters & setting fonts & indices, it becomes a trivial matter to issue updates and revisions. This is because Publisher saves the outline, not all of the details. To issue a revision, simply re-Publish. On my larger books (typically 700-900 pages), this takes 5 minutes or less.
One feature I've wished for is to be able to create & save a Publisher template with my preferred basic chapter list (Cover, Title Page, Copyright, TOC, Preface, Notes, Pedigree, Narrative, Acknowledgements, etc. along with a few blank pages and all of my preferred Font, Layout, Endnote, Bibliography, and Index settings. But I can't do that. Each new book is a new project from scratch, so the first chunk of time is a simple repetition of itierative tasks. Boring....
You seem to allude to another feature I'd like to see: concatenation.
Assume that I have previously created separate Publisher books for cousin A and cousin B. Can I easily create a book for their common ancestor C? Nope. Gotta start all over from a blank book. There is no provision for concatenating two or more Publisher books into a new, larger Publisher book.
I imagine concatenation as a variation on RM's drag-n-drop. Open two Publisher books side-by-side, and drag chapters from one book to the other. That would be SWEET !!!