Basically, I modified book to create a new module. I changed it so it has its own tables in the database, looks like a plain web page (without the fancy controls), changed all "book" terminology to "pages", modified the sidebar navigation of pages so that it appears to be a block (with the same block css styles used on the home page), changed the css styles used for the content area to match that used for web page content areas, and threw in a few extra little things like adding a Home Page link in the "block-style" page menu and hiding the page name in the menu if there is only one page.
So this way, you can have one link in your main menu on your home page that goes to a multi-webpage resource that is intuitively navigable and very easy to add additional pages to.
If anyone has a need for such a thing, let me know and I will pass along the code to you.
Screenshot example attached.