How to Create a Flipbook Online?

An online flipbook is an altogether beneficial format for online publishing. It’s a great way to share your digital documents while also enhancing them with multimedia, branding, design, and content protection. Online flipbooks present a nice compromise between digital and print—you can publish and share digitally but still get all the flourish and aesthetics of a printed publication, down to the smooth page-flip effect. And they’re mobile-ready, as well!

So how do you create an online flipbook if you’re new to the format? In this article, we will give you the simplest guide on how to make a flipbook via FlippingBook Online and all the tips on how to get the most of this powerful yet very user-friendly tool.

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You can watch our video on how to create your first flipbook or read on to learn more.


Where to Start 

First, you’ll need a PDF because you can’t actually create an online flipbook from scratch. If the document you want to make into an online flipbook is in a different format, you’ll have to convert it to a PDF. Never done this before? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here you can find the list of the best PDF-creating tools for non-designers. Based on their key qualities, price, and complexity levels, you can choose the one that suits your needs best and convert your document to PDF in no time.


How to Create a Flipbook from a PDF

Now that you have a PDF document at the ready, you can create your first flipbook with FlippingBook Online. The whole process is just three simple steps as our web tool was created with marketers and publishers in mind and therefore has a really low learning curve.

#1  Upload your PDF to FlippingBook Online

To do this, register in FlippingBook or simply log in with your Google account. You don’t need to leave your card details or anything to start, just choose the free trial and you’ll be instantly redirected to your account. Once there, upload the PDF you want to convert, and voila!—the conversion process has started. Usually, it doesn’t take longer than 1-2 minutes, depending on the size of your PDF. You can make a cup of tea while you’re waiting.

Basically, when the conversion is over, you already have an online flipbook you can share with the world right away. Yes, just like that! If you had bookmarks in your PDF, your new online flipbook will also have them in the form of a neat interactive table of contents. However, before you share the flipbook, we recommend you do some customization first.

Note: If you don’t have a ready document you need to convert but you still want to try our tool out just to see how it works, you can choose to convert a demo PDF in your FlippingBook Online account!

#2 Customize your flipbook

Customization is a vital step in creating an online flipbook. It allows you to add flavor and unique visual strokes to truly complement your content as well as decide on the level of content protection you require. 

There are a lot of things you can customize:

Design and branding

With our design and branding tools, you can give your flipbook a distinctive look and feel and increase your brand awareness at the same time. Choose a color palette and a background that will match your brand colors. Let a favicon and a clickable logo speak for themselves while also driving traffic back to your website. 


Good copyright is all well but you want to entertain your reader where you can, to keep them interested in what you have to say. So show them more! Insert engaging videos right to the pages of your flipbook. Add links to your platforms or relevant sources. Make your flipbook even more alive with GIFs, pop-up images, and inline pictures.


Do you create a document for private or public sharing? Set your privacy preferences accordingly: let your marketing document be indexed by Google for better outreach or set password protection on your report for select clients to keep private information secure.


Aside from password protection, you get to stay in control of how your document is distributed and where your reader will see it. To do this, enable or disable sharing, downloading, and printing of your flipbook. 

When you’re finished, don’t forget to save the changes!

Note: If you want to change the contents of the document, you’ll need to do it in your original PDF. You can then replace the PDF in your flipbook, without having to start all over. All the settings, as well as the link to the document, will remain the same. 

#3 Share your flipbook

Your flipbook is all glossed up and ready to conquer. So it’s time to share it! There are multiple ways to do it.

Direct link

The simplest way to share your flipbook is via a direct link. Just copy the link and email it to your readers. They won’t have to download anything. One click—and they have access to your flipbook in all its glory.


If you’d rather have your flipbook displayed on your website, you can do this, too! Copy the embed code for your flipbook and insert it into the webpage of your choice. Embedding will give your audience a really seamless visual experience—they will be able to flip through your publication while browsing the website. Like this:


See how cool it looks? Your document becomes an integral part of your platform.

Social media

To widen your audience, post your flipbook on social media. Just copy the public link and post it on Facebook or Twitter—that’s all! The link will transform into a neat preview of your flipbook, prompting people to click it.

QR code

The best option for offline sharing is QR codes. Generate a QR code to your flipbook in FlippingBook Online and place it wherever you need it—on your business card, on a banner at a tradeshow, on a menu in your restaurant, you name it. This way, people can interact with your content safely and on the go.

Whichever way you choose to share your online flipbook, be sure—it will open instantly and look awesome on any device!


And More…

Once you learn how to create a PDF flipbook and nail the basics, you can try more advanced features of FlippingBook Online. What else can you do with your flipbook? Well, for instance:

  • track statistics and analyze viewers’ activity;
  • collect new leads via a lead generation form;
  • create individual trackable links to learn when each of your clients opens or downloads your document;
  • create branded URLs for your digital flipbooks;

and more.

We hope that in this article, we’ve covered all the questions on how to make a flipbook online but if you still have any, don’t hesitate to ask—we’re always happy to answer. As you can see, anyone can create an online flipbook and benefit from it. Try it yourself!

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