There are 2 kinds of flipbooks: the printed booklets that simulate animation and online publications. Here are the definitions for both of them:
The offline flipbook is also called a flick book, which is a book with a series of visuals that differ gradually from one page to another. And when you turned rapidly the pages, the visuals appear to move (or animate) by simulating motion.
The first flip book came in September, 1868, when it was patented by John Barnes Linnett under the name kineograph ("moving picture"). This is not what Flipsnack helps you create.
At Flipsnack we help people create online flipbooks. The digital flipbook is an interactive format for showing traditional printed documents, such as magazines, books, portfolios, brochures in an online composition. You can easily create HTML5 flipbooks online for free with Flipsnack, which is fully mobile compatible.