Thanks for the posts.
The goal is to provide our copy desk with a (one) document that maintains formatting without images. I created a 32 page magazine using the book function in InDesign (because there are multiple designers who submit their spreads/layouts to me when complete). I am the keeper of the book. Once all layouts are complete, the text must go to the copy desk. It is too much of a heavy lift to try to keep the word docs up to date with editors constantly editing, designers editing, etc. Copy desk works in word.
There is no command to export the book to HTML (at least that I can find). I can export each individual spread or component of the book, but not the book as a whole, ending up with multiple html docs. Ultimate end result is one file to copy desk.
I ended up moving the pages from the book to a 32-page InDesign doc, and export to HTML. More work than was hoping for.
Yikes! Sounds like a thorny workflow.
Is there some material reason why you need to present a single contiguous document to the copy desk? A series of numbered files wouldn't work?
Is there some reason why you want the copy desk to get HTML instead of, say, RTF?
It is too much of a heavy lift to try to keep the word docs up to date with editors constantly editing, designers editing, etc. Copy desk works in word.
Look into WordsFlow by Em Software.
If I absolutely had to merge all of the Word files for a given book into a single document, I'd use a VBA to do that in Word, and allow InDesign to spit out its default one-exported=document-per-InDesign-story.
Also, instead of using the Book feature, I'd suggest that you look into placing your designers' pages as INDDs into another InDesign file.