What’s The Best Type Of Security That I Should Use For My Flipbook?

When ePublishing, there are several options available for you to secure your flipbook. Whether you are interested in offering paid access to your content or would like readers to ‘sign up’ for access, understanding the different types of security features available will allow you to determine the best fit for your flipbook.


  • Registration
    Registration is a security feature which allows you to gather user information from a reader in exchange for unpaid access to the publication. Once a reader lands on your publication they will need to fill out a form with demographical information of your choosing. Once this is completed the publication will ‘unlock’ allowing the reader access to all issues within your flipbook. The registration feature can be either compulsory or optional depending on your needs. Registered access does not expire and a reader will not be prompted to re-register as their browser will remember that they already have access.
  • Referrer- URL
    This referrer security feature is an option that allows your publication to be locked down and accessible only via a specific url or multiple urls. This is an excellent option if you intend to have your flipbook accessible behind a member login section of your website. When the flipbook is accessed via the designated url they are seamlessly “logged in”. While this is an incredibly easy feature for you to manage, one of the drawbacks is that you cannot collect user-specific information, as you can with the registration feature.
  • Referrer- IP Range
    This referrer security feature is an option that allows your publication to be locked down and accessible only when a reader is viewing the publication from a specific IP address or within a supplied IP address range. This feature is a great idea for flipbooks that are intended to either house internal documents or are to be marketed towards schools, libraries, or other network environments. Any reader who is accessing the publication from within the specific IP range will be seamlessly granted access without being required to enter any login details or supply any personal details.
  • Generic Login
    If your flipbook uses the generic login feature then all users will be prompted to login with a username and password as soon as they navigate to an issue. Once they are logged in they will be able to either read all issues within the flipbook, or only certain issues which you have specifically granted within their access. Having a generic login means that there is only one username and password that can allow readers access, these you must circulate to all required users.
  • Timed subscriptions/free trial
    Offering potential readers a “free trial” is a great option for promoting your secure flipbook by allowing readers to sample your content before they subscribe to it. Once a user signs up for a free trial they will then be granted timed access to your entire publication. Once their access has expired they will then be prompted to subscribe if they would like to purchase a full subscription to your flipbook. Timed access can be allocated as X amount of minutes granted within Y amount of time, and can be recurred Z amount of times. For example, 10 minutes of free access per 1 month, for 3 months.


  • Standard Subscription

    Standard subscription is a security feature that requires users to pay for access to your publication before they can read it. Users can select to purchase a single issue or choose an upfront subscription for a particular length of time. For example, if they purchase an annual subscription they will receive access to all issues published within this time period. Once a user’s subscription expires they will need to renew it before they can continue reading anything new. When a reader subscribes they will be given an account with a username and password which they will need to use to login to the publication. This type of subscription will require you to set up your own eWay account so that all subscription payments are received directly. The subscription and checkout page, like the publication itself, is hosted on a Realview webpage, meaning that we do all of the set up work for you!
  • API- Introduction
    An API (“Application Programing Interface”) allows different systems to communicate with each other. API Integration will be required if the users (subscribers) and content (flipbooks) reside on different systems. The systems will communicate with each other and determine if a user has access to a specified piece of content.If you decide to manage the database of your subscribers there are a number of different methods of integration possible with Realview. If you decide to allow Realview to manage your subscribers then no API integration will be needed.

    These are the 3 types of API integration supported by Realview:
  1. API- you integrate with Realview’s API
    This method allows you to take subscriber information and payment through your own site. Once payment is made the subscriber’s details need to be sent, via API, to the Realview database.You will have access to the Realview Email system with this method.
  2. API- Realview integrates with your API
    This method requires you to make an API available to Realview to determine if a user has access to your content. We simply require a grant/deny access response to the credentials entered by the user. Realview will not store any of your user information. All other processes, such as email send-outs, are to be managed by you.
  3. Token API
    This method is used when you already have your own subscriber website with login functionality. Once a subscriber has logged into your system you request an anonymous token from Realview which will allow access to content(flipbook).

Please note that Realview can cater for a variety of different systems that do not necessarily fit these scenarios.  For more information on this please contact your Account Manager.

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