Should I use FlippingBook Publisher or FlippingBook Online?

We offer two different products to create flipbooks: FlippingBook Online and FlippingBook Publisher. Both can help you create online flipbooks with a realistic page-flipping effect, and you can easily share them with your customers. However, depending on your goals, you might find that one of the products suits you better.

FlippingBook Online is a web-based app for creating and delivering flipbooks to your customers. It works in all popular browsers on PC or Mac without any software installation. With a low learning curve, you'll create your flipbooks quickly and effortlessly.
FlippingBook Online is subscription-based. As long as your subscription is active, your flipbooks will be active.  

FlippingBook Publisher is software for Windows. It makes the same great flipbooks as Online does but has more customization options for branding and design, fine-tune different media options, and is designed to upload your flipbooks directly on your web server.

To use it, you pay a one-time fee for a license and you can create as many flipbooks as you like. Further payments are only needed if you want to renew Support & Updates (the first year is provided for free) or use our cloud. You can find more detailed information in the article about FlippingBook Services

While in many important aspects they are similar, let’s looks at some functional differences between them: 

  FlippingBook Online FlippingBook Publisher


Only in Advanced/Team/Enterprise plans

Software type

browser-based application desktop software

Mac compatibility


Built-In Analytics


Lead capture form


Bookshelves for cloud-hosted flipbooks


Trackable links


Offline flipbooks (.exe/.app files)


Integration with other apps


Note! Not every plan of FlippingBook Online or edition of FlippingBook Publisher has all the features marked with “” in the table above. To see if a feature is available in a particular plan of FlippingBook Online or in an edition of FlippingBook Publisher, please, contact our customer support at

Next Steps

If you’re interested in FlippingBook Online and want to know more about prices, payment methods, number of flipbooks you can create, etc., please, check our article Before Purchase: Questions and Answers.

If you’re interested in FlippingBook Publisher, please, read this article.

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