There is no scarcity of PDF readers in the market, there are loads and loads of options, also there are several PDF Reader Applications which come for free. We all do read several PDF files, and hence PDF readers are very important part of every computer user’s life. Generally the readers available allow you to read the PDF files as a simple document, where you keep on switching from one page to another, here we are talking about the PDF readers which come with special functionality, which allow you to read PDF files as a book, i.e. by flipping the pages, exactly like you do while reading a book, when you have finished reading a page, instead of scrolling down to next page, simply flip the page.
Why a Reader with Flip pages (like a book) functionality –
While using a reader of this kind, you can actually flip the page like a real book. Personally, I don’t find them very useful as such, but it’s all about the feel, and I have heard people saying that the pleasure of holding a book in hand is far more than reading an e-book on your computer, and probably for the same reason these readers are in trend, though they can’t make you feel exactly like reading a real book but can definitely fulfil that pleasure to certain extent.
Here is a list of some awesome free desktop applications which allow you to read your PDF files or E-Books in PDF format in flip style.
Soda 3D PDF Reader –
I have been using different PDF readers which allow flip style reading, and this one is my latest favourite, a really nice program with loads of other awesome features.
Installing and using Soda 3D PDF Reader doesn’t mean that you are forced to read a PDF file in flip style, in case the fonts are too small to be read with a two-page view, you can choose to switch to another mode for better reading experience like, single page view, continuous page view, facing page view, etc.
Another great thing about Soda 3D PDF is that it allows you to create PDF files from almost any printable file, like Word file, Excel file, PowerPoint Presentations, image files, etc. Also there is a facility to take snapshots from the PDF file.
Summarily the list of features for Soda 3D PDF Reader, as given on the official website –
- Open, view and print any PDF file
- View any PDF file in 3D without transformation of the file
- Browse catalogues, books, magazines, etc. on your PC!
- Create PDF from Word, Excel and 300+ formats (registration required)
- Zoom in and out easily while in 3D view
- Use customizable viewing options, including Full Screen
This one is just a PDF reader, nothing more than that; also you are forced to read the PDF file in flip style and that too in a fullscreen view. Personally I feel it is a pretty decent choice as long as you need a PDF reader with flip-style, if you want even a single feature more than this, Pokat is not for you. Here is a detailed post about the Pokat reader.
However, it supersedes Soda 3D PDF Reader in one thing, and that is, Pokat allows a better readability, and this is because Pokat opens in fullscreen mode, and as it is just a reader, the dedicated space for the PDF pages to show is more, as compared to Soda 3D PDF Reader where lots of space is taken by the left and top panel of the program.
This one is actually an e-book reader which supports several e-book file formats, the only reason we are enlisting it here is it allows flip-style reading. KooBits is a reader which is something in between Soda 3D PDF Reader and Pokat when it comes to the functionality, i.e. it offers more functionalities than Pokat but less than Soda 3D PDF Reader. However KooBits has a lot to offer if we talk in terms of e-book reader, you can read more about KooBits here.
As per me these are the best options to read PDF files in flip style, if you know about more such apps do share with us via comments, if you choose any of the applications listed here, do share with us the name of the application you opted for.
In case you want to read simple Text File in flip style, here is the option.