How to Create a Flash Flip Book From a PDF

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How to Create a Flash Flip Book From a PDF
Flash allows users to flip through pages of books or catalogues (Blank pink spiral notebook closed but empty ebook cover image by Nuno Oliveira from

Flash flip books are interactive online books. Viewers click on pages to flip the page. These books are ideal for selling products because they look professional and can feature one or two products on each catalogue page. If you have a book saved in .PDF format, you can convert it to Flash format and post it on your website.

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Things you need

  • PDF file
  • Adobe Illustrator

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  1. 1

    Download a program for converting PDF files to Flash format. You can find programs online at sites such as, Flipping Book ( and

  2. 2

    Open Adobe Illustrator. Load your .PDF file into this program.

  3. 3

    Click on the File menu and choose "Export." Choose .SWF as your file type. Export the file to the Pages directory where your Flash book converter program is located.

  4. 4

    Find the file called Pages.xml in this same directory. Open it.

  5. 5

    Create a link to your SWF file in this file by typing, "<page src="pages/filename.swf"> and save this file.

  6. 6

    Repeat all steps for each page of the book.

  1. 1

    Find Flash Flip Book Software on the Internet by going to sites such as, Flipping Book ( and

  2. 2

    Click on the link titled "Create a Flipbook" or "Convert PDF to Flash".

  3. 3

    Enter information about your flip book such as the title, author and number of pages. Attach your PDF file by clicking on the button that says "Select PDF File" and navigating to the directory where your file is located.

  4. 4

    Click on Upload. If required, pay fees for using the service with a credit card or PayPal.

Tips and warnings

  • Many for-pay sites offer a trial upload for free.

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