Flipbook software programs are great if you’re looking to showcase your content with style, but not just to create flashy, professional looking digital magazines. They’re also used to diversify eLearning courses and make them more vivid and engaging. And nowadays, anyone can create them, thanks to an abundance of flipbook programs. Today, we’re taking a look at the best of them.

For those who don’t have much time on their hands, here’s a table that sums them all up:

Top 10 flipbook software comparison
ToolPriceTrial or Free PlanBest suited for

iSpring Flip

$227 a year14-day trial
  • Those who want to create flipbooks without hassle;
  • Those who want to create educational coursebooks;
  • Those who plan to deliver flipbooks in LMS;
  • Those who want to protect their content.


$20-239 a month
  • Free plan
  • 30-day trial for 2 paid plans
  • Those who want to deliver their magazines in mobile apps;
  • Those who want to share their creations on social media;
  • Those who don’t have a place to host (WebKiosk provides one).

Flipping book

$59-239 a monthNo trial or free plan
  • Those who want to create professional looking e-magazines;
  • Those who want to protect their content.


$32-99 a monthFree plan
  • Those who want to protect their content;
  • Those who want to share their books on social media.
1st Flip$99-299 one-time30-day trialThose who want to create CMS plugins from their books.
iMag$12-119 a monthNo trial or free plan
  • Those who want to promote their content on the web;
  • Those on a budget.


$10-99 a month

Free plan

  • Those on a budget;
  • Those who want to create professional looking magazines;
  • Those who want to print their digital flipbooks.
Bote$15-89 a month14-day trial
  • Those who want to promote their content on the web;
  • Those who want to create flipbooks without hassle.
Flip HTML5

$15-29 a month

or $999 one-time

Free plan
  • Those who want to print their creations;
  • Those who want to protect their content on the web.
Issuu$22-299 a month
  • Free plan
  • 14-day trial
  • Large teams that create digital magazines;
  • Those who want to share content on social media.

1. iSpring Flip


Website: www.ispringsolutions.com/flipbook-maker

Type: desktop (Windows)

With iSpring Flip, you can quickly turn any PDF, Word or PPT file into an HTML5 e-book, coursebook, or eLearning catalog. This tool is best used together with eLearning tools, as it can publish flipbooks as a SCORM package that can be tracked in your LMS. You can also choose to publish to iSpring Cloud service or your website. However, LMS is the best option, as it includes built-in analytics, so you can track each individual’s progress for your flipbooks.

If you don’t know where to start, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make a digital flipbook with iSpring Flip.


  • Trial version that lets you test all the features for 14 days free of charge;
  • Supports the most popular formats: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .pptm, .ppts;
  • Flipbooks can be viewed on both desktop and mobile devices;
  • Unlimited pages per e-book;
  • Preserves the quality of the source file, keeping images and fonts clean and sharp;
  • eLearning mode: Flipbooks can be published to SCORM, AICC, cmi5, and xAPI;
  • eLearning mode: Detailed statistics when uploaded to LMS.


  • Documents made in trial version have a watermark;
  • No built-in templates;
  • No Mac support.

Here’s what you get with the paid services

iSpring Flip costs $227 per year. Buy it once a year and create as many flipbooks as you like. There are also discounts for non-profit use, academic institutions, or government organizations.

Download a free 14-day trial

2. Yumpu

Website: http://www.yumpu.com/en

Type: web-based

Yumpu is a simple web-based tool that allows you to create flipbooks in Flash or HTML5. It’s easy to share magazines on social media or websites with the social sharing option. The free plan is somewhat limited: you can only make 3 documents, and there’s no SEO or analytics. These become available when you select a subscription plan.


  • Unlimited pages per magazine;
  • Use the WordPress plugin to convert any PDF to an online flipbook;
  • Add audio, video, and links to pages;
  • WebKiosk is your personal domain to host magazines.


  • Mags created in the free plan come out slightly blurry;
  • The free plan shows ads.

Here’s what you get with the paid services

Price plans range from $20 to $339 per month. The service enables you to create a WebKiosk — your own domain — to publish your magazines and gather data with Google Analytics. However, WebKiosk becomes available only at $95/month.

3. Flipping Book

Website: https://flippingbook.com

Type: desktop (Windows, Mac)

Type: web-based and desktop

With this flipbook software, you can create gorgeous looking catalogs, well-designed documents, and even photo albums. It’s easy, thanks to a collection of templates for each project type.


  • No ads;
  • Page turning is smooth and realistic;
  • 24 built-in templates;
  • Multimedia links;
  • Control content visibility by enabling or disabling SEO indexing.


  • No free plan;
  • Only 10 documents in the Starter Plan ($59);
  • Rather expensive compared to other flipbook solutions.

Here’s what you get with the paid services

Price plans range from $59 to $239 a month with discounts if you choose yearly plan. Each consecutive plan raises the upload limit and enables additional features, such as advanced analytics, Google search optimization, and password protection for your content.

4. FlipSnack

Website: http://www.flipsnack.com/

Type: web-based

FlipSnack is a flipbook maker that is quick to start with. You can start creating in two easy steps: upload your PDF and customize it in the editor. It comes with an abundance of pre-built templates for different flipbook types, such as catalogs, magazines, portfolios, and more. What’s cool is that you get all this for free, however, you still need a subscription plan if you want to create protected content and generate private links for sharing it with specific people.


  • Free version that includes PDF converter and flipbook design studio;
  • The free version includes SEO;
  • No ads even in the free plan;
  • 1000+ design templates for magazines, brochures, catalogs, reports, portfolios, and other book types.


  • Maximum 3 flipbooks in the Free Plan and 10 in the Starter Plan;
  • File size is capped at 100MB.

Here’s what you get with the paid services

Prices range from $32 to $99 a month with discounts if you choose a yearly plan. Most importantly, with one of the paid plans, you can generate links to share your content with specific users. Additionally, they let you customize your own logo, create unique templates, and add a Google Analytics ID for gathering statistics.

5. 1stFlip

Website: http://1stflip.com/

Type: desktop (Windows, Mac) / web-based

This flipbook app turns PDF files into interactive e-books and enriches them with images, videos, background music, and buttons. Published e-books can be created in both HTML5 and Flash. 1st Flip also has a 30-day trial version that lets you try almost all of its features for free.


  • Multimedia links and trigger actions;
  • Supports YouTube/Vimeo video links;
  • Flipbooks can be exported as .exe, .zip and HTML files for offline viewing;
  • Flipbooks can be published to WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.


  • Editing features are only available in the Pro pack.

Here’s what you get with the paid services

There are one-time purchase plans available at $99/$299 for the Basic and Pro versions, respectively. Both plans support SEO and Google Analytics, come with pre-designed templates, and allow you to publish as WordPress, Joomla and Drupal plugins. The Pro version allows you to embed various shapes, buttons, images, videos, and audio to pages.

6. iMag

Website: https://i-mag.com/

Type: web-based

What makes iMag stand out is its search engine optimization. This flipbook app automatically optimizes your content for Google search right after you publish it. This neat feature is available in all its paid plans. However, if you want to hook up Google Analytics, you’ll have to pay extra.


  • Unlimited number of e-books;
  • Unlimited pages per flipbook;
  • Magazines can be shared on social media;
  • Published content is optimized for Google search.


  • No free plan or trial version. However, the Starter Plan is only $1 for the first 30 days;

Here’s what you get with the paid services

There’s no free plan. $12 is the minimum you have to pay if you want to create flipbooks and share them. For $49, you get Google Analytics integration and privacy settings, and for $119, a white-label solution and a boost to your traffic.

7. Flipcreator

Website: http://www.flipcreator.net/

Type: desktop (Windows/Mac)

Flipcreator allows you to create flipbook mobile apps. You don’t need to learn how to code; the app does everything for you. The trial version of Flipcreator includes everything the other plans have to offer, except multimedia and links. But you will still need to purchase a license, as flipbooks made in the trial mode have a watermark.


  • The trial version has many features of the paid plans for you to explore;
  • Smooth and realistic page turning;
  • Unlimited pages per magazine;
  • Ability to print flipbooks;
  • Create publications as iOS and Android apps without coding.


  • The trial version is intended for evaluation only. It puts a huge watermark across every page;
  • The trial version doesn’t support multimedia or links;
  • The standard plan is pretty limited in features. For example, you can’t embed links or pictures, use analytics or SEO, or add ad banners.

Here’s what you get with the paid services

There are three monthly paid plans at $10, $35 and $99 per month. With each plan, you get more features, like branding, SEO, and adding ad banners and multimedia links.

8. Bote

Website: https://bote.com/

Type: web-based

Bote call themselves a 360° solution. What does that mean? Simply put, they take care of your flipbooks right after you publish them. They make your publications easier to find in Google and Facebook, and help you keep tabs on incoming traffic with analytics tools.


  • Unlimited pages per magazine;
  • Easy to use drag-and-drop editor;
  • Controllable zoom;
  • Amazon Web Services provides a stable connection regardless of how many viewers read your books at the same time.


  • There’s no free plan, and you need to type in your credit card details for the 14-day trial.

Here’s what you get with the paid services

There are three monthly paid plans at $15, $39, and $89. Each plan unlocks different features, like Google Analytics, privacy settings, white labeling, and the ability to create flipbook mobile apps.

9. Flip HTML5

Website: http://fliphtml5.com/

Type: desktop

Flip HTML5 is an app capable of creating rich, real-looking magazines. All the publications are stored on their servers and sit on a neat bookshelf. In terms of features, what makes this flipbook maker stand out is that it works with Microsoft Office files in addition to PDF.


  • Printing feature;
  • Extract text from .pdf, .docx, .txt files, and even images;
  • Ability to merge multiple PDFs into one flipbook.


  • The free plan puts a watermark on pages;
  • The free plan has ads;
  • Lots of features, such as the online editor and batch convert, are only available in the high-end expensive plans.

Here’s what you get with the paid services

There are 4 paid plans at $15/month, $29/month, $299/year and $999 one-time. Each consecutive plan raises the storage capacity and unlocks more features, like statistics, branding, SEO, batch conversion, and more.

10. Issuu

Website: https://issuu.com/

Type: web-based

Issuu is a flipbook maker specifically designed to create e-magazines. You can sign up for a free plan and get what is basically a PDF converter. If you like it, you can subscribe to a paid plan, and gain access to features necessary for promotion and monetization.


  • There’s a free plan. You can also test each paid plan for 14 days;
  • No delay in page turning on demos;
  • Create as many magazines as you want;
  • Neat social sharing features.


  • The free plan shows ads;
  • Many business features are available for high-end plans only, like selling issues and subscriptions, and ad-free banners;
  • There’s an extra fee for certain features, like unlisted publications and print-on-demand.

Here’s what you get with the paid services

There are three monthly paid plans at $22, $39, and $299. With each plan, you get more publications and various features, like SEO, statistics, and tools to sell your mags and subscriptions.

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