June 2, 2011

FlipSnack – Flipbooks for All

FlipSnack is a tool that anyone can use to turn basic online publications into stylish, digital flipbooks. If you’re looking for ways to make a boring publication seem more interesting or to help a cute story you wrote go viral, FlipSnack just might be the answer. In minutes, you can turn any PDF document into a Flash-based flipbook that can be casually read just like a paper-based magazine or book.

When you use FlipSnack, you can create a flipbook in just three steps. The first step is to upload your document – remembering that FlipSnack accepts PDF documents that are up to 500 pages or 100 MB long – and to give your document a title. The title you choose is important, because it will be used as the title for your new flipbook. Next up is to choose a template. If none of the templates seems right, don’t worry. FlipSnack templates are completely customizable, so you can pick and choose which elements you want by changing the colors, size, and buttons placement until everything looks just right. Finally, it’s time to click “Publish” and see your finished product.

One of the nice things about flipbooks is that they are easy to share. Just grab the embed code for your newly published book and post it wherever you want – a blog, a website, a Facebook page, or maybe all of the above. Up to 25,000 people can view your flipbook each day and you can make changes to your published flipbook at any time. All free FlipSnack flipbooks come with a watermark, however you can get rid of the watermark by paying for an upgraded account and purchasing the watermark-free embed code.

Practical Uses:

  • Create a flipbook with images of your baby’s first year
  • Turn your research thesis into a share-able flipbook that people will want to read
  • Make a catalog that shows off all your best items for sale on Etsy
  • Write an office manual that new employees can review before starting work

Insider Tips:

  • To view FlipSnack, people must use JavaScript enabled browsers and the latest Flash player
  • Users must pay for the watermark-free embed code
  • Uploaded PDF files must be under 500 pages and 100 MB
  • Flipbooks can be viewed 25,000 times a day before the book will turn into a static image

What we liked:

  • FlipSnack flipbooks are completely free for most users
  • People can use flipbooks to share family photos with friends online
  • Flipbooks are an excellent way for small retailers to show off products
  • Users can fix errors and re-publish their books whenever they want

What we didn’t like:

  • Free flipbooks can’t have any more than 15 pages


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2011 (Beta)
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Troy, Michigan
  • Founded by: Smartketer LLC
  • Web site:


  • Free version
  • VIP membership is $24/month



  1. Not a good option for professional photographers. Read the fine print. They grab ownership of any photos you load to their site.

  2. Dan B

    Better use something like FlexPaper for professionals as you are in more control of your own content and they only charge a one time fee

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