Email Newsletters Worth Subscribing To

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Staying on top of the most recent developments in your craft takes time, especially when you have to scan websites daily for articles and news worthy of your attention. Quality newsletters do the job for you. Just check your email inbox every couple of days to find a condensed and readily accessible selection of tidbits from a given website. We have selected here newsletters that deserve your attention.

A quality newsletter is not overloaded with articles, but rather features valuable insight and information, in addition to what the given website has featured during the week. Readability, relevance and lightness are the most important qualities of a newsletter. The following examples not only make for an enjoyable read, but feature developments, insights and scoops worth following.

Art, Culture, Business, Design

Brain Pickings1
Brain Pickings is a discovery engine for interestingness, “culling and curating cross-disciplinary curiosity quenchers and separating the signal from the noise to bring you things you didn’t know you were interested in until you are.” This is how the founder of the website, Maria Popova, describes her project. The newsletter comes out on Sundays and offers the week’s best articles. It comes in a nice layout with diverse content in numerous genres of music, video and books, ranging from documentary to children’s books to philosophy. Enjoy the artwork, too!

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TED3
TED stands for technology, entertainment, design and has been spreading ideas since 1984. It believes in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. Be a part of it and receive some inspiring ideas every week via email. Five interesting talks are featured each week that will not disappoint, and you can join the conversation on the topics. You might also want to follow TED’s RSS feed.

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Daily Good Morning5
These guys try to make every day you have a blast. Daily Good Morning puts quality motivational advice in your inbox every day of the week. Good news just give everyone something to be happy about, puts a smile on your face or gives you new hope. If you think you could use some of that every morning and are willing to invest a couple of minutes of your time then this should become part of your “Daily Good Morning” routine.

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Springwise7
Springwise scans the globe for the most promising business ventures, ideas and concepts that are ready for regional or international adaptation, expansion, partnering, investment and cooperation. It promises to inspire you instantly by getting the world’s most promising new business ideas and young ventures right in front of you. Choose between the daily newsletter, which features three exciting business ideas, or the weekly one, which rounds up the best of the week’s finds. If you need business inspiration, this is the place to find it.

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Usability, UX Design

Userfocus9
The Userfocus usability newsletter archive dates back to 2007, making its authors true professionals in the information mailing game. While the early editions featured individual articles, content is continually being added. The feature article section started out with basic titles such as “The A to Z of Usability,” well researched and suitable for newbies to the trade. The newsletter introduces the audience to interesting usability-related articles that got the consultant’s attention over the past month, covering persuasive design, examples and intriguing psychological research and insights.

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Typography

H&FJ Typography11
If you are constantly on the lookout for interesting new fonts and typographic novelties, then you might have heard of Hoefler & Frere-Jones. These guys are a big deal, and you can subscribe to their mailing list to stay posted on their latest news and suggestions. The classy styles and weights that are featured do catch the eye, and the layout of the newsletter itself is worth a glance.

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FontShop13
Now, here’s a newsletter to look forward to! FontShop knows what’s going on in the world of type design and is keen to let you in on it. Each newsletter showcases new fonts from foundries around the world and introduces handy little tools to advance Web font use and compatibility. Additionally, each week it highlights events and conferences all about typography that you should not miss. The newsletter is sent out every second week, so don’t worry about getting flooded with news. The archive dates back to 2004, which is definitely a sign of constant engagement and motivation!

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Web Development, Coding, Programming

Hackernewsletter15
Kale Davis is doing a great job on this one. The weekly HackerNewsletter brings you the best articles on startups, technology, programming and a lot more. All topics are cutting edge straight from the Hacker News site. Even if you pay them a visit daily, you will probably stillmiss out on some stuff you might really have needed.

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JavaScript Weekly17
Everyone should have some JavaScript in their lives. And that is exactly what JavaScript Weekly is about: a free weekly email roundup of JavaScript news and articles. The topics vary and include job postings, notices and messages from the team. Regular columns are “Headlines,” “Articles” and “Code and Libraries.” The “Special” section rounds up articles about that week’s focus topic. Each featured article is well summarized with basic facts, and none of the abstracts exceeds five to six sentences. The clear structure makes it easy to identify interesting articles.

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wpMail.me19
A concise, free weekly roundup of WordPress news and articles. Cristian Antohe groups articles clearly: “News & Articles” sums up new developments and releases; “Themes,” as you might expect, introduces new themes and hosts the occasional contest; “Plugins” is all about life support; while “Tutorials” provides helpful hints on speeding up your workflow. How does that sound for a weekly dose of WordPress?

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Yoast21
This newsletter contains all of the WordPress-related posts and useful tips and resources curated by Joost de Valk. You can choose whether to receive it daily or weekly. Check out some of the subscribers’ reviews and comments about the newsletter; it really earns some praise. Yoast keeps you in the loop on cool new WordPress plug-ins, provides loads of tips and tricks on speed, layout and SEO, and suggests ways to promote conversation on your blog.

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DjangoWeek.ly23
Django Weekly keeps anyone interested in the loop on the Python−based Django Framework. News and articles are on bug fixes, testing in Django, introducing Django (say, for media companies), etc. The code section serves small apps and frameworks. The author, Jon Atkinson, welcomes any constructive criticism and encourage anyone interested to share feedback, news and great code found on the Web.

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developerWorks25
The guys over at IBM over-engineer just about everything. Once you’ve signed up for their newsletter, you are asked to choose your topics of interest from a number of categories, such as AIX and UNIX, cloud computing, Java technology, Linux, XML and WebSphere. If you choose to receive all updates, be prepared to get a list of at least 30 articles. The layout is well organized and structured, with numerous links to resources and further reading. You’ll find study reports, tutorials, trial downloads, news, free eBooks and more. Is your interest aroused yet?

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Ruby Weekly27
Don’t be disappointed if Ruby is your thing. JavaScript Weekly has a sister newsletter for Ruby! It features headlines, articles, tutorials, screencasts, libraries, code and job postings. Like JavaScript Weekly, Ruby Weekly wins readers over with its clear, brief summaries. You won’t waste a minute (or miss an article) going through the weekly list of topics. Many subscribers attest to how Ruby Weekly saves them hours of research every month. Don’t scour through dozens of blogs and podcasts to stay up to date; just subscribe to Ruby Weekly.

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Devops Weekly29
Get your weekly slice of devops news delivered straight to your mailbox. This relatively young newsletter features tools and events that any developer might want to check out. Gareth Rushgrove keeps Devops alive and fresh with content. As devops-related topics around the Web flourish, the newsletter’s coverage keeps growing by the week. If this sounds appealing to you, go pay Devops Weekly a visit and sign up!

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Web Design

Webdev31
A true classic, the Webdev newsletter has been around since 2002, presenting weekly updates from Web Design Reference32. The categories include accessibility, CSS, color, evaluation and testing, events, miscellaneous, navigation, PHP and more. Feature articles are constantly contributed by professionals and cover a variety of formats: opinion, tutorials, technical advice, compatibility testing. The newsletter’s format is simple and efficient. There are no images, only introductory sentences to the most recent articles and discussions, followed by links to the hosting website. The format is intimate and fosters a personal connection with the reader. Editor Laura Carlson’s commitment to the newsletter is widely appreciated.

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MailChimp34
These guys know what they’re talking about. If you are not using MailChimp yet to slap your newsletters together, definitely check it out. It helps you design email newsletters, share them on social networks, integrate them with services that you already use and track your results. And guess what? MailChimp has its own newsletter! To stay on top of the newest developments and hear interesting discussion and learn about resources from the MailChimp community, take out a subscription now.

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Think Vitamin36
Think Vitamin hit the Web in 2006 with the aim of being a valuable resource for Web professionals. You name it: Think Vitamin has covered it. Authors from around the globe have contributed to the newsletter. Just give the archive a quick browse to see how vital this asset could be to your intake of inspiration. And check out Think Vitamin Radio, the bi-weekly radio show that covers hot topics on the Web.

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.net mag38
.net magazine provides a rather short weekly email newsletter with tips to interesting recent articles on Web design as well as a weekly review of articles published in the magazine (online). An unobtrusive and helpful newsletter that doesn’t require too much time to read or scan and still provides pointers to great tips and resources.

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Web Design Weekly40
Web Design Weekly has just begun its life in the newsletter business. It launched on July 1st of this year, and Jake Bresnehan is doing a good job on selecting headlines and articles! The content will vary over time and include Photoshop tips, podcast links, CSS3 and jQuery tips, but mainly front-end Web development. Its aim is to keep everyone posted on recent developments in this fast-paced industry. Be one of the first to support the newsletter and skim its tools, jobs and regular inspiration section. It’ll do you good!

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SitePoint42
SitePoint offers various newsletters, each for a different craft. SitePoint Tribune is weekly and informs you about building, managing and marketing websites. SitePoint Tech Times is also weekly and covers all technical aspects of Web development, including the latest PHP techniques, advanced HTML, JavaScript, ASP and more. SitePoint Design View is a monthly newsletter covering subjects ranging from usability to page layout to graphic software techniques to accessibility issues to the biggest challenges confronting Web designers today.

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Inspiration

New Thinking44
You might need this newsletter by management consultant Gerry McGovern if you want to improve your website’s stats, especially your conversion rate. McGovern has been providing weekly task-management tips to over 16,000 subscribers since 1996. The articles are well written and focus on key advice that everyone should consider to improve productivity. Readers can extend their knowledge by following the related links or by joining the discussion about the article. “5% of your website delivers 25% of its value. Do you know which 5%?” To get a little closer to the answer, subscribe to the newsletter.

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Now I Know46
Do you have the feeling that you’ve stopped learning. Dan Lewis can help. Now I Know is a free daily newsletter of incredible things. You’ll learn something new every day. Ever wondered why hippos don’t get sunburned even though they spend most of their day in the water? Do you know which animal freezes itself to survive the winter? Did you hear the story about how Wonton Food, Inc. cost the US national lottery about $20 million dollars? No? Then consider subscribing to Now I Now. You might want to check the Art of Manliness47 newsletter as well as the ZenHabits email newsletter48.

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Email Inspiration*50
The concept is simple: Email Inspiration sends you one email per day, every day. No big sales pitches or product launches. Just one image to inspire your designs and get your creative juices flowing. Look at the archive to decide whether signing up is worth it. There is undoubtedly some interesting art among the submissions featured in Email Inspiration*. Who would not be thankful for another undiscovered free source of inspiration?

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Unmatchedstyle52
Give yourself “a quick dose of inspiration” once a month. Unmatchedstyle carefully selects creative examples, shares favorites of the month in everything ranging from typefaces to websites, and hooks you up with an extensive and useful collection of links. You’ll see free icon sets, cool font-pairing apps, interviews and more. You’ll soon notice yourself awaiting the newsletter every month, and you won’t be disappointed.

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eCommerce and Marketing

Mobile Commerce Daily54
If you find yourself constantly designing for mobile devices and need to stay updated, this is the newsletter for you. Mobile Commerce Daily keeps you posted on the latest trends and gives you a peek at what’s behind the incredible sales increases of certain websites. The newsletter contains six to eight articles from industries around the Web. This newsletter might be the ultimate source of news and ideas on online marketing strategies and on new apps, advertising and analytics. The articles include resources such as case studies, event calendars, podcasts, videos and more, guaranteeing an engaging read.

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Social-IT-e Media56
Social-IT-e Newsletter educates readers on websites, Web design and Web management best practices. Social-IT-e’s core expertise is Web design and development, user experience and business information systems. Thought-provoking articles are served with engaging supplementary reading material, all well selected and balanced. The last newsletter we read discussed the importance of designing for content and not squeezing content into prefabricated solutions. Does that ring a bell? Then be prepared for a lot of similar interesting topics.

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Get Data Driven58
Get Data Driven is all about free Web analytics tools. If you’ve ever wondered how much more revenue you could gain with a 5% improvement in your conversion rate, then this is for you. Here you got the tools to make decisions based on actual data from your website? Don’t miss out on the latest issue.

Bonus: Smashing Magazine Email Newsletter

Every two weeks our editorial team works on short, entertaining and relevant articles for the upcoming issue. The newsletter is sent out on Tuesdays and contains unique tips and tricks for designers and Web developers, written by us exclusively for our email subscribers. Take a look at the recent Smashing Email Newsletters59. You can cancel your subscription at any time. The Smashing Newsletter will always be free of charge. We respect your privacy; and we will never give your data to third parties.


Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/newsletter/
  2. 2 http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/newsletter/
  3. 3 http://www.ted.com/
  4. 4 http://blog.ted.com/2012/11/14/get-the-daily-ted-talk-delivered-to-your-inbox/
  5. 5 http://www.good.is/
  6. 6 http://www.good.is/
  7. 7 http://www.springwise.com/newsletter/
  8. 8 http://springwise.cmail3.com/t/ViewEmail/y/DD2C127D048AD4F0/DF3D7A0D09008E6C84E5AAD5A6C37FC6
  9. 9 http://www.userfocus.co.uk/newsletter/jul2011.html
  10. 10 http://www.userfocus.co.uk/uxnews/index.html
  11. 11 http://www.typography.com/subscribe/?path=foot
  12. 12 http://www.typography.com/email/2010_03/index.htm
  13. 13 http://www.fontshop.com/blog/newsletters/
  14. 14 http://www.fontshop.com/blog/newsletters/july2011a/
  15. 15 http://www.hackernewsletter.com/
  16. 16 http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=faa8eb4ef3a111cef92c4f3d4&id=f4c95313e8
  17. 17 http://javascriptweekly.com/
  18. 18 http://javascriptweekly.com
  19. 19 http://wpmail.me/
  20. 20 http://wpmail.me/
  21. 21 http://yoast.com/wordpress-newsletter/
  22. 22 http://yoast.com/wordpress-newsletter/
  23. 23 http://djangoweek.ly/
  24. 24 http://djangoweek.ly/
  25. 25 https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/newsletter/
  26. 26 https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/newsletter/
  27. 27 http://rubyweekly.com/
  28. 28 http://rubyweekly.com/
  29. 29 http://devopsweekly.com/
  30. 30 http://devopsweekly.com/
  31. 31 http://www.d.umn.edu/itss/training/online/webdesign/webdev_listserv.html
  32. 32 http://www.d.umn.edu/itss/training/online/webdesign/index.html
  33. 33 http://www.d.umn.edu/itss/training/online/webdesign/webdev_listserv.html
  34. 34 http://mailchimp.com/
  35. 35 http://mailchimp.com/
  36. 36 http://thinkvitamin.com/
  37. 37 http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=6cd557f316f6c6b5deccf9bc0&id=13242c1881
  38. 38 http://www.netmagazine.com/
  39. 39 http://www.netmagazine.com/
  40. 40 http://web-design-weekly.com/
  41. 41 http://web-design-weekly.com/2011/07/02/web-design-weekly-1-2/
  42. 42 http://www.sitepoint.com/newsletter/
  43. 43 http://www.sitepoint.com/newsletter/
  44. 44 http://www.gerrymcgovern.com/
  45. 45 http://www.gerrymcgovern.com/
  46. 46 http://dlewis.net/now-i-know-learn-something-new-every-day-by-email-archives/
  47. 47 http://artofmanliness.com/
  48. 48 http://www.zenhabits.net
  49. 49 http://dlewis.net/now-i-know-learn-something-new-every-day-by-email-archives/
  50. 50 http://www.emailinspiration.com/
  51. 51 http://www.emailinspiration.com/
  52. 52 http://www.unmatchedstyle.com/
  53. 53 http://www.unmatchedstyle.com/newsletter/2011_june.html
  54. 54 http://www.mobilecommercedaily.com/
  55. 55 http://www.mobilecommercedaily.com/
  56. 56 http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=31c66bc024bc3482cb60502c7&id=f7dbb08bf9
  57. 57 http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=31c66bc024bc3482cb60502c7&id=f7dbb08bf9
  58. 58 http://getdatadriven.com/
  59. 59 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/the-smashing-newsletter/

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  1. 1

    Don’t forget Randy Cassingham’s weekly “This is True” with true funny stories from the week’s news.

    http://www.thisistrue.com

  2. 2

    Great collection. I am signed up to most of them

  3. 3

    Hi Stephan,

    Great compilation. I am honored and humbled that you mentioned Webdev among these giants.

    One correction “presenting monthly updates” should be “presenting weekly updates”.

  4. 8

    Email Inspiration

    July 15, 2011 7:24 am

    Thank you so much for including us in this great list.

  5. 9

    A nice collection, i just got subscribed so some, no small thanks to you.

  6. 10

    Just what I needed, thanks!!! :)

  7. 11

    LOL! And here I am wondering where the heck all these new subscribers came from! Wow, thanks for the mention (Social-IT-e Media) – pretty humbling being included in a list like this…

  8. 12

    Great newsletters, thanks.
    I’ve been reading the smashing newsletter for a few months now & it’s the one I join reading most.

  9. 14

    This is a great list and very close to what i’ve needed.

    I recently read about google news badges and was wondering if you guys (smashing are the experts) had any recommendations for google news feeds? I want to use google news but all the feeds just seems so ‘general’

    I’m looking for some nice web design/dev stuff.

    anyways, off to subscribe to some of these mailing letters/rss feeds.
    thanks

  10. 15

    Christopher Butler

    July 15, 2011 11:08 am

    Vitaly and co,

    Wow!

    Thank you for including Newfangled; we’re honored to be among such good company. (You’ll also be pleased to know that we’ve received over 400 new sign-ups since you published this.Thanks for making that happen!)

    Warmly,

    Chris Butler,
    Newfangled.com

  11. 16

    Awesome collection. Just spent the last 20-30 minutes getting a thorough dose of inspiration!

  12. 17

    Raphael Carvalho Basso

    July 15, 2011 1:02 pm

    Thank for the amazing collection!

  13. 18

    campaign monitor is so amazingly better than mailchip it beggars belief

    • 19

      Rubbish! How can you compare a forever free account vs campaign monitors $15 entry package?

    • 20

      I’m not comparing the services? I am comparing their newsletters/blogs/info articles?

  14. 21

    Umesh Palshikar

    July 15, 2011 9:06 pm

    nice :) I sign up most of them.

  15. 22

    Fresh, relevant, no strings attached, priceless content on all these newsletters. This is an awesome list compilation. Another splendid smashing magazine production- I’ve passed it on to friends

  16. 23

    So cool! Lots of interesting sites! Thank you so much!

  17. 24

    Thanks for compiling such a great newsletter, I would definitely signup some of them.

  18. 25

    Really nice collection! Thanks!

  19. 26

    Great list. I signed up for a few myself. Glad to say I was already on a couple of these.

    If I may contribute another (for which I have no relation to) – I really love the emails from Logobird.com . Their website is more focused on branding, but their emails are simple, fun, usually one item in the email, and they are always just about sharing something quirky and cool they found related to art and design, or something on their blog. Never spam-like. I always enjoy what they’ve got to share and usually am pretty excited when I get one from them.

  20. 27

    Great list. Was looking for something like Web Design Weekly

  21. 28

    Really Great collections. i subscribed some websites. Also i was searching for these kind of gud email newsletters to keep my self up to date. One small request guys “Any Photography Newsletters or updates like Geography something like that”.

  22. 29

    You forgot the newsletter from myfonts.com — the awesomest and not-so-annoying news on fresh fonts and font makers so far.

  23. 30

    Great list! A few of these are new to me.

  24. 31

    Thanks for the list, already found some that are worth subscribing to.

  25. 32

    Hello I have got a couple of clients in the industry, who are interested in improving their profile online by working with some high quality websites.

    We’d be looking to place a text ad within an article on your site or a text advertisement on your homepage. Would you be interested in this? And do you have any other websites?

    Do not hesitate to ask me any questions :)

    Kind Regards
    James Duffy

  26. 33

    Thanks for the great selection! I can only suggest a wonderful set of newsletters from TheBrowser – http://thebrowser.com/newsletters (Culture and Art categories probably)

  27. 34

    Thnk u so much i’ve signed in for almost all.

  28. 35

    Thanks for the great collection. I feel like a kid in a candy store. I can’t wait to start receiving these newsletters – the cream of the crop!

  29. 36

    Thanks for sharing these informative articles. Will definitely try some newsletter being recommended here in my wordpress.

  30. 37

    Thanks for taking the time not only to compile this list – but for also giving a great overview of each site and the value it can add. I looking forward to having a great mix of knowledge hitting my inbox.

  31. 38

    Thanks for the great collection. I feel like a kid in a candy store.

  32. 39

    Great collection.

    fyi, I run a weekly newsletter, NoSQL Weekly, featuring curated news, articles, new releases, software and tools, events, jobs etc related to NoSQL. If you want to keep yourself up-to-date with what’s happening in NoSQL world, you can subscribe to it here

    http://www.nosqlweekly.com/

  33. 40

    Thanks for the recommendations! I have subscribed a few of them and they are quite helpful!

    Another email newsletter I would like to strongly suggest is QuoteSecret ( http://www.quotesecret.com ). It sends you daily email that includes inspirational quotes and questions to activate your thinking and transform your business and life.

    Trust me, QuoteSecret has changed my life. I highly recommend it to everyone.

  34. 41

    Scott Hardigree

    March 5, 2012 11:33 pm

    HackerNewsletter gets a big +1 from me.

  35. 42

    Thanks for the list! Now have an extra source of incoming emails ;)

  36. 43

    Nice list. I certainly thank the author Stephan for this wonderful compilation. Some of the newsletters are new to me.

  37. 44

    Another one for the responsive design lovers is http://www.responsivedesignweekly.com, now up to #19.

  38. 45

    Great List, especially the newsletters on different programming languages. Thank you kindly for putting it together.

  39. 46

    I would add http://www.pythonweekly.com/ to this list. It is a fantastic newsletter for all Python developers out there.

  40. 47

    I would add also http://softwareleadweekly.com – a free weekly email, for busy people who care about people, culture and leadership.

  41. 48

    Great collection thanks. I want to add this service http://www.followletter.com it lets you subscribe to your favorite newsletters including the ones in this collection with just one click (Follow). To make it easy for you to read them in one place outside your email inbox.
    We are in beta and launching very soon but you can sign up to get notified. Thanks

  42. 49

    A plague of locusts upon ye for not including LinkMoses on your list. He is the Alpha and the Omega of All That Is Links

    http://www.ericward.com/lmp

  43. 50

    Great list, I would like to add also The Daily Smarter, it’s a cool service, the most important news of the day, overviews, events, all in one email. For people that don’t have time to read 24082 news sources, the best way to start a new day :-)

    http://www.thedailysmarter.com/

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