17 Issuu Alternatives that are really taking off!

Warning: This blog contains really helpful information on flipbook publishing for 2017 and beyond. Like all of technology today, flipbook publishing never stops evolving.

What I find crazy however, is that the more people I speak to who publish flipbooks, how few of them have evolved their publication format to include apps or try different publishing service providers.

We have all seen and experienced the boom in ePublishing, as the world continues to demand better and more engaging ways to consume content, but how many of you have continued to develop your products to be mobile, responsive and fully optimised, how many of you create apps?

For all you out there stuck in an ‘e-rut’ and who want to explore where you can take your publications, here are my top 17 Issuu alternatives to launch you into 2017 and beyond.

1. Award for the best Issuu alternative goes to Yumpu

The team at Yumpu have really have gone to town with their services, covering not only free flipbook and magazine publishing but also web publishing, mobile publishing and developer products to build even more complex and amazing publishing solutions.

yumpu.comThey are here to help so if any of this seems daunting, you can just pick up the phone can call them or use their free 30 day trial to explore the products on your own.

Imagine your very own app that can be used on over 400 million devices?! Now that really is taking flipbook publishing to the next level!

2. Twixl

They are all about the apps!  This is the height of mobile publishing tools and they really mean business.

Twixl is not for the faint hearted, it is geared up to be used by agencies, large scale companies and publishers who only want to be mobile (unlike full service providers like Yumpu) and can afford over $1000 per app. Make sure to checkout my Joomag Review, this one is for the big boys in digital!

3. Presspad

Presspad are perfect if you want to take an existing page flipping PDF magazine you have and transform it into an App (this process will of course come with a few complications if all your magazines are on another site…).

Their MO is iOS and Android apps for digital magazines and they are really very good at it. Unlike others they are also affordable and offer a great deal of value, with a basic packaging coming in at $99.  It is a 14 day turnaround time and then you can be on the app store at the click of a button.

The one huge down side is, you don’t get a kiosk and a read made audience like you do with other app and flip book companies (did I mention the Yumpu users a in the Millions!).

4. Snapplify

Think of Snapplify as a market place (or a newsstand) where you can sell all your content around the world. Then think of this market place as somewhere you get all the benefits without any of the hard work. Snapplify sell and market your content on your behalf, then give you all the data to review and money to spend.

They are also working in the education sector, creating dedicated clouds for education centres to promote digital learning.

The one problem I have with reviewing this service however; is that I can’t find a price for their services anywhere and you can’t start using them without knowing how much you need to invest? In the top 17 Issuu alternatives I have tried to share the prices to make it fair, but with Snapplify I can’t. Sorry.

5. Magzter

Dedicated to sleek, professional and high end publications Magzter is a tour de force in online publishing. With a client list that reads like the who’s who in publishing, they really do have all the big names.

The one thing you need to be careful of is that unless you are a large publishing house the pricing model of revenue shares might chip away too much at your bottom line. The app and visibility they offer can be found at other sites in this list, and you will always know who much it will costs to give you peace of mind when budgeting.

6. Mag+

They keep it very simple at Mag+. You can chose from two tools they offer in digital publishing. One is the full ePublishing tool kit for catalogues, PDF brochures and magazines that is a plug in for Indesign.

This offer the suit of services such as interactivity, slide shows, audio and you do not need to know one thing about code. The other service they offer is for apps design, with a drag and drop design process similar to Keynote. Unlike the other 17 Issuu Alternatives in this article, this one is a brilliant software provider, not a publisher.

7. RealView

This is a classic Issu Aaterative as you can compare services like for like. Realview offers to platforms that deliver digital magazines, catalogues, brochures and newspapers that are mobile ready and can be viewed on multiple devices.

Like with Snapplify I unfortunately can’t tell you how much their lovely designs will costs you…which is a shame. As much as RealView seems to offer a lot, I’m not sure it is the best provider for app publishing.

8. FlipViewer

FlipViewer Xpress is professional software which is designed to publish and deliver contents as digital publications. Simple and effective and perfect for the experts out there. They are software providers so once you buy the kit you are responsible for the hard work.

This is super if you are experience in using this kind of program, but if, like me, you prefer a support team, the market place and the confidence you get from the larger ePublishing providers then stick with Yumpu.

9. Baker Book Framework

This digital publishing platform is a relatively new company that have published 70 books and magazines since 2010.

Small in comparison to Yumpu and Issuu, this community of developers are always working out ways to share our content in interesting and exciting ways on iPad and iPhone.

You can design with them, chose a package that suits you and then publish on their frame work. Still growing as a community and a product, these guys are for the adventurous publishers out there.

10. Issuu (sometimes things are popular for a reason!)

Even though this is a top 17 Issuu alternatives, sometimes you have to give credit where credit is due. Issuu have been serving the online publication marketing for years and are always evolving to keep up.

They might not be at the cutting edge of mobile and app publishing today, but they are who they are, good at the basic flip book creation but maybe today we need to think bigger and act mobile?

11. iPaper

When you first go the iPaper site you will be balled over with the client list they have. This Danish flipping book website oozes premium quality and it has a premium price tag to match. Their quality is why I have them in my 17 Issuu alternatives list.

Offering a dedicated section on lead generation is a really nice touch for those just starting out in ePublishing online and who want to increase reader numbers.

However for those same people you can’t have a personal branded publication unless you pay $135 a month, which is way more than the market average of about $50! I say a massive ‘Yes’ to using iPaper if you have the cash to spare, but really, who does have spare money?

You can get the same services they offer elsewhere believe me.

12. Publitas

The team at Publitas are here to help! They are warm, efficient and always available. This level of support is often very comforting you start out suing a new service provider. The one thing I will say is they the Publitas site has a focus on catalogues.

If you want to publish eMagazines with them you can, but you can’t embed a video until you pay a premium. The readers numbers are by far not as high as Yumpu's which means you might limit your publications reader audience before it has even been published.

13. Kvisoft

If you are new to Flipbooks and publications, I would suggest you don’t use Kvisoft. This is not because they offer a bad products, it is just that they are a software providers. When you start out, you might need a little help along the way. There is an email support you can reach out to, but this could slow you down.

If you are more experienced and confident in flipbook publishing and are ready to go it alone, then Kvisoft have a wide range of software packages you can use and even give you a 30 day free trial so you can try before you buy. As software providers they really deserve to be in the 17 Issuu alternatives list.

14. Lucidpress

Lucidpress is positioned as a ‘tool’, and enabler if you will, that supports its users in creating both digital and printed visual content. I like that they are clear and open in the role they and their products play in ePublishing.

They have a dedicated education page that talks you through the features of visual learning and of using their products to help teach.

The down side of this is that you can’t access their ‘enterprise’ information as easily and you have to reach out to them, unlike most other flipbook companies.

I think they are perfect for teachers, but if you want to have a ‘bells’ and whistles’ business account, then go for

15. Blurb

This site is sugar sweet and is the best place to go if you want to create a keepsake photo album or a wedding memento.

It does offer you ePublising services, but they offer it as a bolt on to print. If I wanted to share holiday snaps or create a recipe book, this is where’d I go.

If I wanted to compete in the online publishing space and maximise your efforts with a web Kiosk, optimisation, responsive design and embedded video to boost reader numbers, then this is not the place for that.

16. Zinepal

You don’t really get less ‘no frills’ than Zinepal. This website is a no fuss service provider that gives you exactly what you pay for, which is not a lot. If you are starting out in ePublising, or want an alternative to Issuu, this is not the site for you.

It has a dated feel to it and the products available match this. They do offer to take content directly from a website to turn into a PDF and then eBooks, which might save you some time, but I think in the long run, they do not offer enough of what is available and possible in ePublishing today.


Websites like Yumpu and Issuu offers PDF to Flipbook conversion, Build a Newspaper is a little different to this. They are newspaper template providers. It’s a great idea if you wish to generate a look-a-like news publication to share with friends and family.

It would also be perfect for small businesses or internal communications in larger firms. The system is easy to use and you pay per template, so there is no fuss with creating accounts. The drawback is if you wish to use your own templates and you have your own fixed design in an existing PDF you wish to publish. If this is what you have then I would suggest sticking to a pure flipbook publisher from this list.

As you can see from this list there are so many options for you to choose from. Issuu offers a great service, but I think it is important to always know your options. The article is designed to show you the whole spectrum of service providers out there, the top 17 Issuu alternatives. This means you can make an informed decision that best suits your personal needs.

I have been using a few of these sites for a while now and I placed Yumpu at number 1 because, for me, it really offers the complete package. You should take a little time to explore what is out there, but I would suggest you try first, as I think it is the ultimate in Flipbook publishing available online today.

Happy Publishing.