I believe the book code expects all the documents in the book to be CS5.5 documents rather than CS5 documents. Have you (after making backup copies!) saved all constituent book documents as CS5.5 documents?
Thanks for your prompt reply. I went to my backup, made a new set of
documents and redid the whole conversion process as I could see that some
docs in my new 5.5 book had different "date modified" times and a couple
might not have been modified to CS5.5, although the others had. I opened all
the new copies within the book, saved/updated them to 5.5 and now everything
The Adobe TV videos on using this new version for eBooks are helpful, but
there are some pieces that are there only if you pay attention. For example,
the presenter opens one file in Barebones BBEdit and in another mentions
Calibre. Without those two additional pieces of software, it would be
difficult to figure out why and what works with InDesign's eBook tools and
to modify the result. I am used to working with html, but if you are not, it
would be difficult to do eBooks with the current version of InDesign. Partly
that is because the various flavors of eBook devices use only fairly simple
html and the viewing areas are small.
The scribes who made those lovely, hand-lettered and illustrated books must
have felt the same way when movable type came along. Those first typeset
books looked clunky by comparison. It was only when offset came along, that
illustrations and complex layouts came into their own. And now we are back
to single columns, etc - but much cheaper, easier, wider distribution - the
same advantages as letterpress had over calligraphic books. A frustrating,
Glad that worked for you.
I realize I may have been unclear -- doing that by hand should not have been necessary. I don't work much with books, but my understanding is that InDesign offers to convert the files for you. So I'm not sure went wrong, but at least you have a workaround.