One additional note:
"Why continue to use the Save-As method?  Why not just keep the process I’ve always had?  Well, for one thing, when I have to produce the entire document (over 30 books), it is much faster and simpler to use the Save-As PDF."
Have you setup a Watched Folder in Distiller and configured it to run at startup? If so, then "Print Book" is the same number of keystrokes or mouse clicks as "Save as PDF" (I just counted them: three). [After the one-time configuration of the Print Book and PDF Setup dialogs, of course.]
As additional bonus, if you configure Distiller to move the PS file to the primary watched folder's Out folder, then you can do a 'chain' of distillations just by dragging it to the Out folder's In folder (which it has because it, too, is a Watched folder with different Settings), for example, if you do a Press Quality and a Standard quality of each deliverable. Setup the primary folder with the best, most-lossless Settings, then set Distiller to watch its Out folder and set that folder's Settings with the alternate, lossier quality. Drag and drop from WF/Out to WF/Out/In and --BAM!-- another PDF appears in WF/Out/Out. [And you can continue ad infinitum, but I've never needed more than two levels of quality: print and screen.]
So now I'm three keystrokes/mouse clicks and one drag and drop to make TWO different-quality PDFs. Can't be done faster with Save as PDF, because you must change the PDF Settings bewtween each save (something like four more keystrokes/mouse clicks). ;)
[I wish the Watched Folder's didn't need to use In folders; because then you could totally automate a theoretically infinite chain of PDFs of different qualities. Alas... it 'really watches' the Watched Folder's IN folder, not the folder itself. :( ]
Happy distilling either way!

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