The book feature is used to assemble documents. If your magazine only has a few pages, do you really need the book feature?
D: Thanks for your response!
it is 48 pages, so it is a bit <!@#%$#@!*) that I am locked out of editing the pages.
Maybe it happens when an InDesign doc is exported to PDF? it has never been a problem before so I am really in the dark here.
Others might disagree, but I wouldn't use the Book feature for a 48 page magazine (I suppose you might if you had more than one designer working separately on it).
Maybe you have a document corrupton. Can you save it as an IDML file and reopen it as a new InDesign document?
How are you getting the pages into your magazine? It sounds to me like you are placing pages from one document into another.