What's the difference between booklets, flyers, brochures?

Booklets, Flyers, Brochures – What’s the Difference?

We use a variety of tools to market our brand. Some of these are booklets, flyers, brochures, pamphlets, handouts, and handbills. 

However, all of them tend to get grouped together. As a result, people tend to confuse one thing with the other.

We wish to put all these mix-ups to rest. It is important to note the distinctions between them. Other than your business card, these are your most valuable means of marketing.

One problem companies face is that they don’t know when to use one over another, which could lead to them making blunders. That is why our experts decided to discuss the three most common tools and clear up the smoke around them. It’s time to play ‘Spot the Difference!’

What is the difference between booklets, flyers, brochures? Let’s dive in and find out!

What are They?

Booklets, flyers, brochures, and the other materials (posters and business cards) are all used for marketing your company. However, they do so in different manners.

Booklets are small, thin books with paper covers that contain information or even arguments about a subject. Other names for booklets are ‘leaflets’ and ‘pamphlets’.

Flyers are like a miniature version of a poster. They are just as bold and radiant. The only difference is that you can use both sides of a flyer.

Brochures are like mini-booklets with both pictures and information. Like a flyer, they are a means to market products and services, but with more information on them than flyers.


A booklet is the smallest of the three, with each page usually being 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches. You use all of the pages, with the first one acting as a cover.

Flyers are one single piece of paper that is generally 8.5 inches x 11 inches. Both sides of the paper advertise the subject.

Brochures have no set size for a brochure, though they are typically larger than flyers. Brochures can be 8.5 inches x 11 inches although 8.5 x 14 is also popular. A brochure’s structure makes it stand out as people can fold it into sections.

Most brochures are dual-fold or trifold, with different information on each side. This allows them to be folded and stored conveniently. Brochures can also stand on a tabletop or desk when kept open.

Place of Usage

Booklets are usually for people attending a lecture or an informative meeting. These booklets usually come with a schedule of all the events on one page. For example, you may recall receiving booklets in college.

Booklets have a lot of text and have the most text of the three. There will be images, but not that many. This is because booklets should give details about the person or event, not visuals.  

Flyers act like handbills. You can even print out a bunch of flyers and hand them out to random people to advertise your products. Use flyers for occasions such as store openings, discounts, and special sales such as holiday sales. Flyers will usually have a lesser amount of text than the other two.

Flyers are smaller than brochures so you can only fit a smaller amount of information on them. Less space to work with also means that flyers should entice the customers and pique their interests. You can even include coupons and promo codes in the flyer to further convince people to buy from you.

You can use brochures in trade fairs and sales events, with people having a stack of brochures in their company’s booth. Brochures will be colourful, but they won’t have as much zing as flyers.


One big difference that separates booklets from the other two is that people don’t usually use booklets for advertising whereas brochures and flyers predominantly show off a company’s products and services. Booklets are almost purely informational and won’t be too promotional. They reach a level of depth that the other two do not. Booklets offer in-depth explanations whereas flyers merely scratch the surface. 

Flyers often use vibrant colours to attract customers. A flyer’s purpose is to quickly capture the other person’s attention. Many flyers tend to get discarded almost immediately because they weren’t able to perform this purpose. It doesn’t matter much though because flyers are disposable and short-term. They also cost the least to make of the three.

Although both flyers and brochures are about showcasing your company, you make brochures with long-term goals in mind. While flyers attempt to get people to instantly buy your product, brochures try to create loyal customers and increase your appeal as a brand.

This allows brochures to be more informative than flyers. You can also add more information about your company and your product. In brochures, it’s more like you’re attempting to pull them in through facts and trying to develop the trust. Brochures are created with the hope that people will retain them, and as such, they cost more to make.


  • Booklets inform people about an event or person.
  • Flyers quickly capture the attention of a person.
  • Brochures increase the confidence in your brand.

We hope this post helped to distinguish between booklets, flyers, brochures and gave a clear explanation of what the three are.

As you can see, booklets, flyers, brochures are similar but not the same. They all have their uses, strengths, and weaknesses.

You must remember that the ideas applying to a brochure may not necessarily work well with a flyer and booklet, and vice-versa. A booklet might work well for an event, but a flyer will work wonders for the same, while a brochure is like a mix of the other two. 

Still confused? To know more about the differences, read our previous write-up on a similar topic.

We have written an article with tips for designing a brilliant business brochure. We will have similar articles for booklets and flyers soon.

Update: The flyer article is out.

Update 2: The booklet article is also out.

Custom Booklets, Flyers, Brochures Design at PrintStop

The great news for you is that PrintStop carries booklets, flyers, brochures, and more. Whether you want to give information, showcase your product, or a bit of both, you can come to us for help.  

Click here for more information on our booklets.

Click here to find out more about our flyers.

Click here to know more about the brochures we offer.

We also make banners, standees, stamps, stationery, and much much more. You can contact us to create and customize a design that is tailor-made for your company.   

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