Quick Start

Hederis is a professional book publishing tool for creating beautiful, high-quality books. You provide a single Microsoft Word file containing your full book text along with any images that you use in the book (and a cover file if you’ve got one), and Hederis will process it automatically into a laid-out PDF, and a fully-accessible and standards-conformant EPUB file. You’ll also get an updated Microsoft Word file and an HTML version of your book. You can reuse a single design template for all of your books, or customize the design of every book you publish through Hederis, and adjust the line breaks and page breaks on any page as needed.

In the navigation menu, you’ll see a list of all the topics in this documentation, which should also give you a sense of all the things you can do with Hederis.

First and foremost, please use Google Chrome when working in the Hederis App. We use cutting-edge web technology to make our tools work, and Chrome is the best browser for this technology. You can download Chrome here.

Here are some useful links to get you started:

The first thing you want to do is upload a manuscript: See Upload a Manuscript.

After you’ve uploaded a manuscript for the first time:

Make sure you understand the difference between paragraphs, wrappers, and sections: See About Styles

Adjust the Word Styles and tagging in your updated Word file: See Editing with Microsoft Word and Using Word Styles

Add any images that you want to use in the book: See Upload a cover file

And of course, you’ll want to design your book:

Import a design from the built-in templates or from another book: See Design Templates

Customize the design of your text: See Sections & Text

Set up your running headers and footers: See Page Templates

Lock your line breaks and page breaks so they can be reviewed: See Lock chapters to prevent reflow

You’ll need to take a few extra steps to prepare your files for distribution:

Use your standard PDF preflight process: See PDF preflight and prepress

Make sure your EPUBs are valid: See EPUB Validation

And finally, check out our sample workflow that you could follow as you use Hederis for your book production—see here’s a sample workflow that you could follow as you use Hederis for your book production, but we’re always happy to meet with your team to help put together a workflow that works for you – email us at info@hederis.com.

Guided Demo
Getting Started
File Management, Uploads, and Downloads
Working with Book Text
Validation and Preflight
Groups and Billing
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