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How to make a flipbook


A lot of digital publishing journeys start with this simple question. How do I make a flipbook?
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Then, usually after just a short period of research a whole range of other questions arise:

  • Should I use digital publishing software or a digital publishing service?
  • How do I convert a PDF to flipbook?
  • Should I use flash flip or a HTML5 flipbook?
  • Do I really want a flip book or do I want my publication on all different devices?

These are all great questions, and you have come to the right place to get them answered.


Let’s quickly answer the new questions before moving on:

Should I use digital publishing software or a digital publishing service?

You should definitely choose an online publishing solution over digital publishing software for many reasons, but mainly, any pubilcations you create will live in the cloud and get updated automatically to support all of the new devices being released every month. You should get all the benefits of bug fixes and upgrades without having to re-install your software or re-convert your publications.

How do I convert a PDF?

Using a digital publishing software service, converting your PDF to a flip book is as easy as simply uploading your PDF file.

Should I use flash flip or HTML5?

A lot of older programs and services use flash as their flip book viewer. iPad and many other devices don’t run flash or offer limited support. You should be weary of services that use flash as they may not work on tablet devices. Look for a provider that offers a HTML flip book on all devices including desktop so that user get a consistent experience regardless of the device.

Do I really want a flip book or do I want my publication on all different devices?

Let’s re-word this question. How important is a flipping page and a swooshing sound to you? Or, how annoying is the skeumorphic representation and sound of paper to your readers? A slide may be more modern and consistent across devices.


Here is your surprisingly easy answer

Upload a PDF.

Yes, creating a PDF flipbook from your PDF should be as simple as uploading to a reputable digital publishing services provider. Good providers should be able to convert your PDF in near realtime to a format that will then be readable on just about every device you can imagine. Of course, this does not mean your PDF is suited to be read on every device, but it will be available, and your provider should offer solutions to solve that as well.

Once your flipbook is ready, you may even want to add some interactivity – at least some hyperlinks or maybe even some video to engage your readers, but either way, this whole process should only take minutes.

If you are ready to try your hand at digital publishing, why not create a free Realview account and upload your PDF?