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Fifteen free email lists delivering free and discounted books

written by Betsy Flak on 2019-04-22

As you might imagine, things are beginning to heat up around here since I (finally) set the launch date for A Brush with Blood (The Clan-Vampire Clash: Book Three). So, today, we've got a repost, this one dating back to almost one year from today. Enjoy!


Today, I've got a fun post for you: fifteen email lists to join to find free and discounted books! I did all the leg work for you, so all you have to do is look at the table below and click the links for any email lists you want to join. Easy as that!

Quick disclaimer: I have not tried all of these since there's nothing I hate more than a full inbox. The ones that I have tried (and haven't) are noted.

Without further ado, here are fifteen email lists to join if you want free and discounted books:

Note: This was originally posted on August 14th, 2017, but I've since updated it. See the original post here.

Email list Email frequency Choose specific genres? Price range? Did I like it?
OTOH Books Daily or Weekly (you choose) No, but has a lot of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Any price (but recommends $0.99 to authors and publishers) Liked it. I only subscribed to their Weekends Reads (update: this doesn't exist anymore) which had 10+ books in it in a variety of genres, but I didn't feel overwhelmed since there were only a couple books I was interested in and it was only a weekly email.
The Fussy Librarian Daily or Weekly (you choose) Yes, including Urban Fantasy, Horror, and Young Adult Free to $5.99 but can choose only free books Liked it. Only a handful of books per email (though I imagine if you expand your genres you get more). Love the option to get a weekly email.
Free Booksy Daily Yes, including Fantasy/Paranormal, Horror, and Young Adult Free Liked it. Only a handful of books per email, though their daily emails are too much for me.
Bargain Booksy Daily or Weekly (you choose) Yes, including Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror, and Young Adult $0.99 to $5 Liked it. Only a handful of books per email (though I imagine if you expand your genres you get more). Love the option to get a weekly email, though I only found the weekly option once I re-subscribed after unsubscribing.
Ebook Soda Daily Yes, including Fantasy, Horror, and Teen & Young Adult Free to $4.99 Liked it. Only a few books per email (depending on what and how many genres you chose) and tells you what books the book is similar too.
Read Freely Daily No Any price Liked it. A handful of books in an email with an editor's choice. Also has book awards and author interviews on their website.
Book Raid Daily Yes, including Fantasy, Horror, and Paranormal Romance Free to $2.99 Liked it. Only a few books per email (depending on what and how many genres you chose).
E-Reader News Today Daily Yes, including Fantasy, Horror, and Paranormal/Romance Free to $2.99 Liked it. Only a couple books per genre in each daily email.
eBookBetty Daily Yes, including Fantasy, Horror, and Young Adult/Teen Free to $2.99 Liked it because it was only a handful of books per day curated by Betty herself.
Booksends Daily Yes, including Fantasy, Horror, and Teen/YA Free to $2.99 It was okay. Although can't opt in to specific sub-genres, they are listed in big, bold lettering at the top of each offering, so it's easy to scan.
Book Barbarian Daily No, but Science Fiction and Fantasy only Free to "discounted by 50% or more." Recommends $2.99 or less. It was okay. A handful of books with cover, blurbs, and sub-genre. Mainly wish I could specify which sub-genres I want, instead of getting all of the sci-fi and fantasy books featured that day.
BookGorilla Daily Yes, including Fantasy, Horror Fiction, and Teen Free to $3.99 (unless boxed set) It was okay. You can specify how many books you'd like to receive in your daily emails, from 12, 25, or 50. 12 is still a bit much for me, but to each their own.
Read Cheaply Daily Yes, including Fantasy, Horror, and Teen & YA Free to "discounted by at least 50%." Recommends $2.99 or less. Haven't tried it.
Book Pebble Daily Yes, including Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Horror, and Teen & Young Adult Free to $4.99 Haven't tried it.
Just Kindle Books Daily, I think (unclear) Not sure, but has options on website to filter by genre Not listed Didn't like it. Too many books in the email.
Digital Book Spot Daily No Free to "Discounted" It was okay. Two books were featured along with a link to their website where there were hundreds of books (too many for me but maybe a perfect amount for you).

And now a few notes:

First, there are actually sixteen email lists here. I let this go since Free Booksy and Bargain Booksy are essentially the same. One's the list for free books. The other's the list for discounted books.

Secondly, I ordered the lists in terms of my preferences. Since I don't read a ton of books—and hate a full inbox—my priorities were less email (so OTOH Books, The Fussy Librarian, and Bargain Booksy win that hands down with their weekly option), fewer books per email, and books in my preferred genre (guesstimated based on whether I could choose my specific preferred genre of paranormal or urban fantasy). Your preferences may be different, which is why I included so many options and all the relevant details that I could come up with. Enjoy and happy reading!

P.S. Looking for other ways to find new books? Check out my blog post on "Five Ways to Find New Books (that aren't perusing Amazon)".


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