Cozy, An Application For Listening To Audiobooks On Linux

There are some quality (and not so high quality) applications that everyone knows about, and then there are some quality applications that fly very much under the radar. One application that I feel inexplicably falls into the latter category is Cozy. I would like to try and give it a little bit of the spotlight because it is a quality little application.

Cozy is a GTK audiobook player for Linux. I know what you’re thinking, I can just play mp3 or FLAC formatted audiobook files in MPV or some other similar player, and that is very true; however, there are a few things that make these applications unsuitable for audiobooks.

The first is that audiobooks are quite long, and you are not going to listen to one in a single sitting, so you need a player that will let you stop and pick up where you left off easily, and that is where Cozy comes in. No more trying to remember what chapter you listened to last and whether you were in the middle of said chapter. Just open the application and click play.

Another lovely feature is that you can point Cozy to whatever directory (or directories) in which your audiobooks are stored and it will scan the folder(s) and show you a nice library with your cover art and title. You will then be able to browse by author and reader assuming the appropriate metadata tags are completed. If you have a large library, there is a search feature to help you find what you want.

As far as format support goes, it will play DRM free mp3, m4b, m4a, FLAC, Ogg and Wav files. There is no Audible support but if you buy your audiobooks from a source like Libro.FM, they come DRM free and in mp3 format so you are good to go.

All the important playback features are present. You can set it to replay the last 30 seconds after you unpause, you can customise the rewind/skip forward intervals and you can control the playback speed.

The application can be installed via native packages on openSUSE, Arch (AUR) Void, Solus, MX Linux and Ubuntu (PPA), or you can install my preferred way via flatpak as it is in the Flathub repo and works flawlessly.