You know how you always have to download eBooks in the form of PDF files, store them in a folder and totally forget about them after a week? If you are promoting a product online, you certainly don’t want your eBook to end up as someone’s digital junk. But what if there’s a way to make your own eBook more stylish? Well, with FlipSnack, you can – for free.
What Is FlipSnack?
FlipSnack is an online software that enables you to create eBooks that literally flips. You’ll see what I mean in a short while. So instead of creating a plain looking online course or a guidebook, you can actually use it to design brochures, product catalogs or even entice your audience with a book preview.
How to Make Your Own eBook for Free?
To get started, you need to upload your JPG or PDF files to your image library first. From there, you’ll be directed to the editing dashboard that looks something like this.
On the left hand side are all the features that can be added to your eBook and on the right hand side is the blank page where you are going to preview the editing work. Let’s see what each of these features can do.
- Layout determines the cover design and the eBook template.
- Media allows you to embed videos and audios on the eBook.
- Shopping enables viewers to make a purchase with their credit cards or through PayPal.
- Images is where you pick and choose pictures to be added either from the Flipsnack library or from your own selection.
- Shapes provides designs to enhance the eBook appearance.
- Text is where you add more information on top of your files.
- Interaction helps to direct your readers to a call-of-action.
- Social enables readers to follow you through your social networks.
Wow, THAT is a lot of stuff that can make an eBook come alive online!
The editing process works via the drag-and-drop technique whereby it is very intuitive even for the beginners. Once you are happy with the end results, you can download the flipbook, embed it on a website or share it with your social networks.
In this example, I’ve created a simple eBook to feature my recent trip to Jeju, Korea and I plan to share it on a travel blog. All I need to do is to grab the auto generated code and paste it on my text editor. It’s that simple!
You can have it adjusted to any sizes to fit to your website layout. This works well on most web publishing platforms that support HTML, but my preferred choice would still be WordPress because it is more reliable.
What Is In The Free Account?
In the free account, you can create up to 3 collections of eBooks that come with watermark with the limitation of 15 pages each. The eBook does not include rich media (audio, video, and PayPal), only stores up to 1GB storage and allows up to 10,000 page views per day.
The eBook that I have just created is an example of what you can do with the free account.
What Do You Get as a Paid User?
In the paid version, you get more page views, unlimited publishing (without watermark) up to 500 pages per collection and viewers will be allowed to leave comments on your eBook. Here are some of the premium plans if you are interested to upgrade.
So, Is FlipSnack Worthy of Your Time?
I personally find this idea of creating a flipping eBook refreshing. Unlike downloading typical PDF files in bulk, it actually gives viewers the experience of reading a digital book right from your website. In doing so, it engages the visitors longer on a web page and that can indirectly boost your web ranking too.
Here are just some niches that I think is great to add Flipsnack.
- Food and Recipes – i.e. online cookbooks
- Children Education – i.e. digital storybooks
- Photography – i.e. images portfolio
- Travel and Adventure – i.e. online magazine
- Arts and Crafts – i.e. product catalog
In fact, any online niche that is looking to deliver visual product information with lots of images and rich media can benefit from creating a flipping eBook with Flipsnack. Yours could be one too. It’s nifty and inexpensive, so do give it a try.
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Have you ever used a flipping eBook tool before? Do you have any opinions or questions regarding this topic? Please leave the comments below and I’ll get back to you.