• Choosing between Subscription based and Perpetual license

FlippingBook Publisher can be bought as a perpetual license or on a subscription basis.

  • If you buy a Perpetual license, then you pay a one-time fee and you can use the software forever. It’s yours. You can make as many publications as you like, upload them to your website, and they will stay there until you decide to delete them.
  • Alternatively, you can use FlippingBook Publisher on a subscription basis. You can use the software while the subscription is active, and make as many publications as you want. You can upload your publications to your own server and they will remain there for as long as you want. But when the subscription expires, you can’t make any new publications, unless you renew the subscription.

A subscription is cheaper in the short run, but will become more expensive in the long run. For example, a 1-year subscription for Flippingbook Publisher Professional costs $499. A perpetual license costs $699.

But there is one other factor that plays a part. When you use Publisher on a subscription basis, you always have access to Support and Updates (read more about the benefits). When you buy a perpetual license, then you get free Support and Updates for the first year, but after the first year, this service ends. If you want to continue to receive Support and Updates, then this is available as an additional service. For FlippingBook Publisher Professional, it costs $329 per year.

So let’s look at the costs over several years for FlippingBook Publisher Professional:

Years of usage Subscription based Perpetual with Support and Updates Perpetual without Support and Updates


$699 $699


$329 $0
3  $499  $329 $0
Total $1,497 $1,357 $699

 In this case:

  • if you use the software for one year, then a subscription is always the cheapest option.
  • if you use the software for two years and want Support and Updates, then a subscription is cheaper ($499 + $499 = $998) than a perpetual license ($699 + $329 = $1,028). 
  • if you use the software for two years but don't need Support and Updates, then a perpetual license is cheaper. 
  • if you use the software for more than two years, then a perpetual license is cheaper, even with Support and Updates. 

Note that this example uses FlippingBook Publisher Professional. If you add other options (extra users, unlimited cloud), then the maths may change. We will be happy to discuss the details with you and help you find the best solution. But generally speaking, a subscription based license is the best solution in situations where you want to limit upfront investment, or when you are not sure that you will use the software for multiple years.


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