PDF flipbooks

The only PDF flip book maker I use on a daily basis

PDF Flip Book Maker

Adobe’s Portable Document Format, or PDF, has been the lingua franca of the web for many years. It is the foundational document format in Apple operating systems. It can be generated and displayed on nearly every platform ever invented, and it gives publishers the flexibility and control necessary to produce professional quality desktop publishing documents.

What PDF flip book maker am I Looking For?

As a publisher who needs an adaptable way to distribute quality documents, I have always been interested in any platform that will allow me to present PDFs in the same way I can present animation, video or even games in a web browser. What I needed was a PDF to flipbook maker: Just like that cool Flash animation that shows an animation of book pages turning. Good thing I found this service called Yumpu.com

Test Run

I had heard about the idea of a PDF to flipbook online platform and I thought this might be something to try out. It’s free to join and new users can make a flip book PDF free, so I signed up and gave it a test run. All I had to do was dragging my PDF into the website.

 

 

Three minutes later, the PDF flip book maker had done its job and I was turning the pages of my new magazine right there in my web browser. It was quite impressive.

Possibilities

The PDF flip book “reader” software built in to the Yumpu.com system can be embedded on other sites very much like a YouTube video. This provides publishers with not only a means of distributing their material, but also a means of building a revenue platform. Here is an embed example:

No longer will it be necessary to talk about a magazine or article in an advertisement elsewhere on the web. Now, the publisher can take their article or magazine or, for that matter, an entire library of magazine issues, and put it directly on their site or someone else’s site. The articles and magazine presentation now come directly to the reader instead of the other way around.

Flexibility

PDFs are one of the technologies that hold the document-based world together. One of the key challenges of an infinitely mutable document formatting technology is the establishment of a standard by which documents can be presented and read according to a unified and standardized resolution, font style and file format.

The Portable Document Format grew out of the same technology advance that brought us high quality compilers and platform independent thinking. It made the document itself the platform.

The Next Step

Yumpu.com starts with the document-as-platform concept and presents it as a PDF to flipbook online tool so the process of converting the document is as easy as possible. Then the web site becomes the style sheet to the PDFs HTML. It is a one-step reader platform that removes the need for a user to download the PDF and open it in another application.

One might wonder why nobody else thought of this before. While it’s fairly certain they did, what Yumpu.com does with its PDF flip book maker is make the entire process as streamlined and as easy as possible. The site is a full-featured tool and publishing platform combined into a one-stop shop for anyone who wants to publish in a PDF format and distribute their work to as many people as possible with the minimum amount of unnecessary work.

Interesting PDF flip book maker Features

The two things that jump out right away aside from the ability to make a flip book PDF free are the mobile support and the apparent searchable conversion of documents so they can be found and cataloged by Google and other search engines. These are two crucial features that Yumpu.com gets right immediately. Social media integration is possible, as is the ability to embed both audio and video into publications.

If this platform delivers on even a fraction of its promise it could easily become a worthy competitor to and/or a complementary platform to apps like Flipboard or even Amazon’s Kindle e-book platform app. E-books are just now reaching a point where they can display vibrant and colorful art and photography in a fashion equivalent to what PDFs have been able to do for a very long time. The two platforms together will only serve to advance publishing faster and further.

If you’re at all interested in publishing on the web or on mobile, Yumpu.com is definitely a site to watch.

Matthew Smith
Matthew Smith
Hi, I'm Matthew Smith, a freelance web designer and front-end developer based in Chicago. I've been designing and developing websites, mobile apps and other digital creations for over a decade - you can find out all about me here. I am also greatly interested in ePublishing and online Marketing. That's why I want to share my thoughts with you on this blog.
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6 Comments
  • Lily
    Lily
    May 20, 2015 at 11:34 am
    Reply

    I learned a lot from your post, thanks! Is it really as “free” as you describe it?

    • Matthew Smith
      May 20, 2015 at 11:37 am
      Reply

      Yep! The free option should be enough for every private publisher out there

  • Stone
    May 20, 2015 at 11:33 am
    Reply

    great read, a little bit long though, you may want to include a few more images next time 🙂

    • Matthew Smith
      May 20, 2015 at 11:37 am
      Reply

      Haha thanks, I will think of this on my next post 🙂

  • Drew.Hill
    Drew.Hill
    May 20, 2015 at 11:32 am
    Reply

    How about other online services? Is this the best choice?

    • Matthew Smith
      May 20, 2015 at 11:36 am
      Reply

      I tried a lot of other ePublishing services like Issuu, joomag and 3d-epaper but none were exactly what I was looking for. The price tag on all of those services is a lot higher than on Yumpu too.

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