This article was published on May 23, 2015

50 email newsletters you need to know about

50 email newsletters you need to know about
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While email consistently gets a bad rap for being a productivity killer, we beg to differ. Below you’ll find a list of the 50 newsletters that we look forward to getting every week in our inbox.



One fantastic piece of journalism each weekday. (This is a shameless plug — we’re the ones who made this list).


Politico Playbook

Veteran journalist Mike Allen combs the Internet, TV and newspapers to cook up a hearty dish of whats happening in politics.

The Skimm

“TheSkimm is the daily e-mail newsletter that gives you everything you need to start your day. We do the reading for you — across subject lines and party lines — and break it down with fresh editorial content.”

The Daily Beast

All the news you could want.


A quick, entertaining look at the day’s best stories, from the top of the news, to the very bottom.

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The Daily Water Cooler

A free, quick, and splendid email newsletter chock-full of news + humor delivered every weekday morning to make sure you’re never left behind in a conversation.

NY Times: What We’re Reading

Get recommendations from New York Times reporters and editors, highlighting great stories from around the web. Twice per week.

Smashing Magazine

“We love useful stuff, and we love quality writing, that’s why we send out an editorial email newsletter twice a month with useful tips, tricks and resources for designers and developers — thoroughly collected, written and edited by us exclusively for our readers.”

Muck Rack Daily

A digest of journalism on Twitter, written by journalists, delivered to your inbox daily




Actionable social media advice. Delivered daily.


A hand-curated newsletter compiled daily to bring you first-person accounts of entrepreneurship, investment and other insightful reflections from the startup ecosystem.

Campaign Monitor

An awesome monthly newsletter with tips and tricks for email.

SaaS Weekly

“A weekly email of useful links for people interested in SaaS businesses.”

Real Future

“Every weekday, Fusion’s Alexis Madrigal delivers five tidbits from the past and future. Wearable computers, drones, biohacking, geoengineering, rockets, digital mapping, coercive feedback loops, autonomous everything, representing the Internet in art, synthetic biology, machine logic, weapons, artificial life, the future of work, corporate surveillance, and more.”

Seth Godin

Interesting thoughts from a famous entrepreneur.


“The top tech news, insights, long reads and the best of the internet, delivered to your inbox every weekend.”

UX Design Weekly

A hand picked list of the best user experience design links every week. Curated by Kenny Chen and published every Friday.


“A weekly newsletter of the best articles on startups, technology, programming, and more. All links are curated by hand from the popular Hacker News site.”

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A daily newsletter from the Webbies team introducing you to the best sites, apps and connected products.


“Sidebar is a list of the 5 best design links of the day. But unlike a regular linkblog, it’s collaborative and manually curated by a couple great editors.”


The personalized insider newsletter for all things startup around the world.

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Product Hunt

Get a summary of the best new products, every day.

Ask Leo

Each week I publish The Ask Leo! Newsletter where you can find more answers tips and tricks to make your technology “just work”!

A weekly newsletter by Loyal designed to define, educate & inspire anyone who puts people at the center of their work.

Arts and entertainment


Exposure Weekly Selects

Incredible photo essays delivered weekly.

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Casual Spectator

“Casual Spectator is a super-simple newsletter about sports. We make following sports easy and help you have better conversations with co-workers, family and friends.”

Brain Pickings

“The week’s most unmissable articles across creativity, psychology, art, science, design, philosophy, and other facets of our search for meaning.”

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Get 10 free, hi-res photos delivered to your inbox every 10 days.

Lefsetz Letter

Lefsetz addresses the issues that are at the core of the music business: downloading, copy protection, pricing and the music itself.

The Slurve

We send the best baseball writing, all the essential news for each team, and a few original insights directly to your inbox each day during the season and frequently in the offseason.

Food and beverage



The best recipes and cooking tips delivered to your inbox.


Garagiste is a wine store that only sells wine via email newsletter. It’s weird and awesome.

Tasting Table

The latest trends in the categories of dining, wine, cocktails, cooking and food travel.


Top health tips, workout ideas, delicious recipes, and more.

The Fetch

“We curate the best events, news, cool jobs and must-reads in one place.”
Note: mostly focused on these cities: New York — San Francisco — Los Angeles — London — Berlin — Melbourne — Sydney — Brisbane — Auckland

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Good Beer Hunting

A newsletter featuring all the best beer.


Get super intense life tips from a super intense Navy Seal.

Interesting things


Austin Kleon newsletter

“Every week I send out new art, writing, and interesting links. It’s free. No spam. Unsubscribe whenever you want.”

Today in Tabs

“Your daily digest of the worst (and occasionally best) in tabs. Now in #TabsSeasonTwo Remember: close that tab!”

Now I Know

Dan Lewis’s daily email with one really interesting fact per day.


Jason Hirschhorn’s MediaREDEF is a curated interest mix of media+tech+pop content via free daily newsletter.

Hardly Working

It’s in my head. I’m sharing it with you. Read, Eat, Covet, Meet. Just one of each; randomness guaranteed.

Very Short List

VSL is a delightful e-mail that shares cultural gems from a different curator every day.


Rachel Sklar and Glynnis MacNicol send this email a few times each week, spreading the word about awesome things being done and made by women.


“A free email dedicated to finding the good in everything — companies, causes, people, places and products giving back and making a difference.”

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Brain Food

“Each Sunday I send out my weekly digest about new posts, books I’m reading, and interesting things I find across the web on subjects like art, history, science, philosophy, psychology, and human misjudgment. It’s basically brain food.”

The Ed’s Up

“This is a weekly newsletter of all my writing, and links to some of the best stuff that I’ve read.”




“Further is a once-a-week email newsletter that helps you maximize your purpose, performance, and potential. You’ll get the best hand-picked tips, trends, stories, and science that enhance your health, wealth, and wisdom — without the noise and fluff.”


“A weekly newsletter on Remote Tips & Jobs sent to 7,000+ Remote Workers”


“A daily newsletter about entrepreneurship, the art of the start and doing the work by Pascal Finette. It’s raw, unfiltered and opinionated.”

Think Clearly

Think Clearly is a practice for hatching your visions and making them come true. It all begins with a blank page. And coffee.

It’s a handwritten newsletter.

Improbable Research

“Research that makes people laugh and then think.”

The Art of Non-Conformity

Chris Guillebeau has visited every country in the world. Now he shares unconventional strategies and stories on Life, Work, and Travel.

Ann Friedman Weekly

“My weekly newsletter is full of great things to read (some but not all of which were written by me) and GIFs and the occasional product endorsement. It arrives in your inbox on Fridays, just when you’ve run out of internet for the week.”

Wait but why

It’s pretty hard to describe Wait But Why, but it’s awesome.

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This Is True

This is True is a weekly e-mail newsletter which reports on bizarre-but-true news items from legitimate news outlets from around the world.

Life Edited

Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

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