Three Reasons to Use Animated HTML5 Flipbooks instead of PDFs

The PDF (portable document format) has long been the gold standard of file formats for sharing content without having to worry about platforms, or software compatibility. Various free PDF readers are easy to find and it’s accepted that anyone will have the right tools to read your documents.

Things are starting to change. According to Digital Trends Today (, an animated HTML5 flip document, known as the flipbook, is the new way to present content to readers. And it’s showing some great features that make it better than the PDF, especially if you are producing a digital magazine or ebook to share with readers.

If you are considering putting content online and can’t decide on a format, here are 3 reasons why a flipbook is the better choice.

It’s More Engaging

Rather than just scrolling up and down a standard PDF document, a flipbook lets you realistically “flip” pages as you read. It’s a relatively small graphic feature, but it makes all the difference in making your document a more enjoyable read.

A flipbook can also be loaded with graphics and videos, which we’ll discuss further in the section on available tools.

Easy to Embed

The standard way of sharing a PDF is to have it available for download. You download the file to your computer or other device, and read it locally. There is nothing wrong with this approach, and sometimes being able to actually get a copy of the file is important and can be a great feature. The reality is that people have gotten impatient with the Internet and want to see your ebook, magazine or other documents ASAP. Waiting for downloads has become a chore most people prefer to avoid.

Having your document embedded directly into a web page, where you can start reading immediately is a much better way to grab readers and hold on to them. Since flipbooks are based on HTML5, they are ready for web-viewing without any hassle.

Handy Tools

Creating a PDF is usually something you have to do on your own, and it’s not always easy to format and create an eye-catching document without some experience on your side. Sure, there are tutorials out there on building PDFs but you still have to do all the leg-work yourself.

On the other hand, a simpler drag-and-drop tool can help you put a flipbook together without the steep learning curve. You can check out sites like as one option for building flipbooks.

These kinds of tools make it easier for you to create a visual masterpiece, with video, graphics and even sounds built into each page. You don’t need to fuss about how to incorporate them properly into your document, just click and drop.

And speaking of handy tools, most will allow you to start off with an existing PDF and convert to a flipbook with just a few clicks. This can be a vital feature if you already have a PDF document and don’t want to start all over.