13 Ways to Read Free Cozy Mystery Books

Sandi Scott July 7, 2016
13 ways to read free cozy mystery books
Read for free – don’t let your appetite for cozy mysteries break the bank.


No one knows an insatiable reading appetite better than the readers of cozy mysteries. As soon as you finish one, you want the next one in the series. This habit can get expensive!  Here are 13 ways to read cozy mysteries for free.

  1. Author’s email lists. Oftentimes, authors send special giveaways and promotions to their email subscribers before anyone else, so visit the website of your favorite author and find a place to sign up. Consider joining my list Sandi’s Sleuths to see how easy it is – I give away free books as often as I can.
  2. PaperbackSwap.com is a great community of readers that swap books back and forth. List books you are willing to mail to other members to earn credits that are then redeemed for free books that you request.  This will also help keep down the growing piles of books growing on your nightstand and bookshelves. They have thousands of cozy mysteries available.
  3. Goodread’s Giveaways Be the first to read new books! Prerelease books are listed for giveaway by publishers and authors, and members can enter to win.
  4. BookBub alerts you to limited-time free & discounted ebooks matching your interests. It’s free to join, you can read on any device, and the books are yours to own.
  5. InstaFreebie issimilar to BookBub and alerts you to free ebook giveaways. A similar site is New Free Kindle Books.
  6. Book Gorilla is another free ebook email alert similar to BookBub and InstaFreebie.
  7. Reviewing books is a fun way to read books before they are published and also comes with the perk of a free copy.  I am always looking for fans of cozy mysteries to review my books, so if you are interested either join Sandi’s Sleuth’s where I send out opportunities to review. You can find other reviewing opportunities on Goodreads.
  8. Your public library is the original “free book hack” and thanks to apps like OverDrive you can now borrow ebooks and audio books from your library without every leaving home.
  9. KoboBooks is an ereading service that offers some free ebooks and also sells ebooks.  If you sign up for an account, you get at $5 credit, which may be enough to buy your first book.
  10. Many cozy authors are indie authors and Smashwords is site that helps them publish without big publishing companies.  They also offer a collection of free ebooks.
  11. Amazon keeps a list of cozy mystery bestsellers in their free category updated hourly and is always a good place to check for free books.
  12. For those of you who read on a Nook, Barnes and Noble also has an extensive collection of free cozy mystery ebooks.
  13. I love the Little Free Libraries and have seen them is in many cities I’ve visited. If you’re lucky enough to have them where you live, pack them with your old cozy mystery books and then take whatever treasures you find within. Building one of your own would be an awesome way to share cozy mysteries.

13 thoughts on “13 Ways to Read Free Cozy Mystery Books

  1. I have a new site http://AuthorsXP.com – Big multi-authors giveaways almost every week and a Read & Review program where readers can read books for free in exchange for honest reviews! Because I’m also a cozy author, we have a ton of cozy books in both programs.

    1. I checked into that but it said you have to be a professional reader ie teacher, blogger. I’m not either, just a doll clothes maker that likes a good cozy mystery 😉

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  3. Great sites. I have a few of them already, but the others won’t be ignored. Thanks so much! I love cozy mysteries.

  4. Thanks SO much. Have heard of some of the sites, but now have more opportunities! Love this list!!!

  5. As one who has low vision I appreciate helpin finding places to download free books that I can enlarge the text.

  6. Considering I am in northern Queensland Australia I think I did well knowing 6 of the above and now I know more. Thanks for list. Very helpful.

  7. Thank you Sandi for all the information and good things to think about as well. I love cozy mysteries and I am always discovering another new author that I really like.

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