Let me first explain the workflow we have right now, and that we are slowly trying to improve upon, but nonetheless...
I am designing a newspaper. We have two individuals who pagenate the pages, laying out the advertisements on them before sending me a packaged InDesign document of each page.
I, right now, am going and opening each InDesign document, then dragging it into my master document, which takes some time. I then finish laying out the newspaper with copy.
I thought recently I might instead simply open all the InDesign documents in a book and then finish laying out the newspaper from there.
My First question though is, can you actually thread text from one text box to a text box in another document within the book? If not, is there any practical solution to this?
Secondly, I tried exporting a book with one of the PDF presets we have created, but I only saw the two options, PDF print and PDF interactive. Is there no way to export a book as one of the pdf presets?
I'm working on a mac on CS6.
First, no, you cannot thread between files, so you would need to move pages from one file into the other.
Second, you can certainly export the book to PDF. There are two "flavors" of PDF, interactive or print, but either one can be used to make a PDF from the entire Book. Choose Export Book as PDF from the Book Panel flyout menu, choose your flavor as appropriate, then choose a location and finally the options.
first: already answered
second: select all your inDesign files in the Book palette, and then in the same palette's menu is avaliable the "export to PDF" item