Convert PDF to eBook with page flipping effect

A large number of companies publish brochures and catalogs in PDF format and customers usually have to download these PDF files first then open with other apps. Have you ever thought of making your PDF ebooks with page flipping effect and letting customers view and flip PDF pages like actual books?

This passage will show you how to convert PDF files to HTML5 based eBooks with impressive page flipping effect and interactive rich media. HTML5 based eBooks can be read on any computers and mobile devices via browser, just like reading actual books.

Most common ebook formats

These are the most common ebook formats to use: PDF, EPUB, MOBI, AZW, ODF and IBA. 

PDF – PDF which stands for ‘Portable Document Format’ is the most well-known and accessible format for readers. It is available to almost all desktop or mobile devices and software and allows you to insert hyperlinks, interactive text, and visual content.

EPUB – EPUB is an e-book file format that uses the ".epub" file extension. The term is short for electronic publication. EPUB is supported by many e-readers, and compatible software is available for most smartphones, tablets, and computers.

MOBI – the MOBI format by Mobipocket Reader software was purchased by Amazon in 2005 but then shut down in 2016. Even so, it still is a popular ebook format that is compatible with most ereaders – except the Nook. MOBI files support things like bookmarking, JavaScript, frames, and adding notes and corrections, but it does not support audio or video.

AZW – AZW is an ebook format that was designed for Kindle by Amazon, but it is also supported by many smartphones, tablets and computers.

ODF – ODF stands for OpenDocument format and is a file type that was used for OpenOffice – open-source content creation programs that are like Microsoft Office.

IBA – The IBA format is the ebook format only for books that are written in Apple iBooks author app and it is not compatible with any other ereader. It supports video, sound, images and interactive media.

Why choose HTML5 eBook?

HTML5 eBooks can be opened with any browser on any device, it doesn't require any eBook readers. It supports hyperlinks, video, audio, password, Google Analytics, background music, etc. It brings the most realistic reading experience with page flipping effect and sound.


You can add interactivity to HTML5 eBooks by adding multimedia such as links, video, audio, button, etc.


Easily publish and distribute eBook on your own website or 1stFlip cloud hosting. Share the eBook url directly, or embed eBook to your webpage/blog. When posting on Facebook or Twitter, the link will transform into a neat preview of your eBook, prompting people to click it.


No third-party app needed. HTML5 based eBook can be viewed on any device via any browser with realistic page flipping or sliding effect.


Add password and allow visitors to preview the first few pages before purchasing.

How to create eBook from PDF?

1stFlip is a digital publishing platform that makes it easy to create, publish and distribute interactive eBooks. It supports video, sound, images and interactive media. The ebook are published online based on HTML5 with realistic page flipping effect. Readers can view the eBook on any device via any browser.

1stFlip Flipbook Creator makes it easy to create and publish your ebook online. Simply follow below guide to prepare your file.

Firstly, download, install and run 1stFlip PDF to eBook Converter on your Mac or Windows.


Secondly, import PDF files. After importing, you will notice the PDF file has turned to page flipping ebook.

Thirdly, customize the page flipping ebook with template, scene, logo, full screen, background music, zoom feature, auto flip, flip from right to left, multi-lingual toolbar, etc. You can also embed shape, text, image, music, video, YouTube video, button, number icon etc. to enrich the flipping ebook page content.

Fourthly, publish offline html, zip, app or exe format page flipping ebook to your local folder or upload the page flipping e-Book online directly.

Convert PDF ebook to page flipping ebook in html, zip, app or exe format and you will get the following file respectively:

offline page flip ebook

Use the instant publishing service of 1stFlip page flipping ebook creator to upload flipping ebook to 1stFlip server directly or to your own website/server with the built-in FTP.

online page flip ebook

You can publish your eBook on 1stflip and your own website so that potential readers can discover it and buy immediately.