My 10 Favorite Email Newsletters

Adapted from an edition of my newsletter, Newley’s Notes, sent October 25, 2020. Image via Onlineprinters on Unsplash.

Email newsletters, as I’ve mentioned before, are a fantastic tool for keeping track of fast-breaking news — and man, has there been a lot of that recently — and being exposed to big ideas.

Here are ten of my favorites.

I like that most of these provide an individual’s voice, an interesting perspective, and highlight material I wouldn’t otherwise see:

📱 1) Benedict Evansweekly newsletter is a must-read if you care about tech. A longtime VC at famed Silicon Valley firm Andreessen Horowitz, he has deep knowledge of the history of tech and business; I appreciate his macro-level views especially.

🗯 2) Another excellent tech-focused newsletter is Azeem Azhar’s Exponential View. Tagline: a “weekly guide to the future.”

💻 3) On Tech, by the New York Times’s Shira Ovide, is a daily dispatch on technology happenings, ranging from tech’s collision with business and politics to cultural issues. A bonus: she concludes each email an item labeled “hugs to this” – a link to something special, often related to animal hi-jinx.

📕 4) One of my favorite websites all of time is Five Books. Academics, authors, and other experts in their fields recommend the five best books on particular topics. Brilliant, simple, and hugely useful. Their newsletter provides their most recent posts.

📖 5) Anne Trubek, author and founder of Cleveland-based independent publisher Belt Publishing, writes a newsletter called Notes from a Small Press. It’s full of details on the history of publishing and what it’s like to be a book publisher in 2020. (Longtime readers may recall that my first job out of college was working as an editorial assistant at Random House, and I remain interested in book publishing.)

✏️ 6)’s newsletter provides a summation of all the best long-form writing from the past week.

🗞 7) Matt Thomas’s Sunday New York Times Digest is just that: links to must-reads from each edition of the traditionally massive Sunday paper.

☔ 8) Lee Lefever, a digital business guru, is documenting in his newsletter Ready for Rain his move from Seattle to Orcas Island, where he and his wife are building a house. It’s full of meditations on lifestyle, tech, and, of course, homebuilding.

🥼 9) Peter Attia is a physician who focuses on topics such as longevity, nutrition, and athletic performance. His newsletter contains his most recent blog posts and alerts when a new episode of his (excellent) podcast is out.

🎨 10) …and last but not least, I got the idea for this week’s Newley’s Notes from artist and writer Austin Kleon, who did the same in this week’s edition of his newsletter, which is all about art, literature, music, and creativity. Since he wrote a popular book called “Steal Like an Artist,” I figured it was fitting to draw inspiration from him. 🙂

What did I miss? What are some of your favorites? Leave a comment or share this post on Twitter; I’m @Newley.


Mike Allen and Axios, Profiled in Buzzfeed


Over at Buzzfeed, Steven Perlberg profiles Mike Allen and Axios, the news organization he co-founded just a year ago:

Axios has bigger ambitions than changing Washington’s news diet. Led by Allen’s fellow Politico alum Jim VandeHei, the company has a broad audience in mind: tens of millions of smart people who seek out quick news on a daily basis. Like Politico, Axios delivers news fast — but distilled down to a few sentences or bullet points. And like Playbook, Axios has created another language, framing the day’s stories under tags like: “Be smart,” “Why it matters,” “Go deeper,” and occasionally the highest praise, “Worthy of your time.” Allen calls these little framing phrases “Axioms,” and they litter Axios’s coverage of politics, media, business, and tech. Rival reporters call them primers for warmed-over conventional wisdom, but if you read Axios consistently enough, you can find yourself texting in Axiosese to friends.

Allen’s daily email newsletter, Axios AM, you’ll recall, was among my favorite email newsletters of 2017.

It’s timely, written in a personal voice by someone in the know, contains exclusive news, and – a big benefit in these crazy times – aggregates the top stories from a variety of different news outlets, so you always feel up to speed on what’s up in Washington.


My Favorite Email Newsletters of 2017


In an age of information overload, email newsletters remain an excellent way to keep abreast of topics you’re interested in without having to try to monitor the daily output of traditional media outlets, tweets from every corner of the world, various cable news shows, streaming content, Facebook posts, blogs and more.

After all, email simply comes to you, and you can benefit from experts’ curation of the most important, timely, informative, entertaining material.

Here are some of my faves:

General news and politics

  • Axios AM, by beltway insider Mike Allen. Ten things you need to know for the day. (It’s delivered in the mornings, U.S. time, so arrives in the early evening here, but is still great.)
  • Today’s Paper, from The Wall Street Journal. All the day’s most important stories, arranged by section. Yes, just like an actual newspaper!

  • Sunday New New York Times Digest, by Matt Thomas. A weekly rundown of highlights from the famously large edition.

  • The New Yorker Minute. A weekly scan of must-reads and okay-to-skips from the print magazine. Tagline: “Your secret weapon against the Three-Foot-Tall Stack Of Unread New Yorkers Sitting In Your Apartment.”


  • Reliable Sources. The day’s top media news, by CNN’s Brian Stelter. Especially helpful in these fraught times, when it can be hard to stay on top of things.

  • Morning Media. Politico’s daily “guide to the media circus.” A bit more inside baseball, with industry news like comings and goings of journalists from one outlet to another.


  • Briefing, from The Information. A daily, subscriber-only dispatch with commentary from the site’s journalists on the biggest tech news, as it happens. Highly informative.

  • Exponential View, by Azeem Azhar. A weekly, in-depth review of recent tech news, with an emphasis on artificial intelligence.

  • Asia Tech Review, by Tech Crunch’s Bangkok-based Jon Russell. A weekly round-up of what’s happening in this part of the world, broken down by country and region. If it’s big tech news in the region, you can trust Jon will be on it.

  • Login, another from Axios. This one’s penned by Ina Fried. The top tech news, every day, with a healthy sense of humor.

  • Recode Daily. Stories from the well-known tech site and other sources.

  • Mine! To get Newley’s Notes – my recent writings and five interesting tech-related stories every week – just click here and enter your address in the box.


  • Longform. The week’s best deep dives.

  • Noticing. A newsletter just launched by Jason Kottke, whose blog I’ve been reading for more than 15 years. I’m confident it’s gonna be great.

Related post from 2013: Some of My Favorite Email Newsletters.

Newley's Notes

Newley’s Notes 44: GrabTaxi —> Grab; Your Purpose in Life; ‘Gilmore Girls’; Taco Literacy

The latest edition of my email newsletter has gone out to subscribers. It’s pasted in below.


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Hi friends, 


It’s earnings season, and various tech companies have been releasing their quarterly results in recent days. 


Google parent company Alphabet had a huge quarter, with the stock popping, pushing the firm past Apple as the world’s most valuable public company, at least for now. 


Amazon, meanwhile, posted its biggest quarterly profit yet — but the stock fell, with sales falling short of expectations


Stat of the week: messaging app WhatsApp now has one billion users. That means one in every seven people on the face of the planet uses the platform. Astounding when you consider something like half of the globe is still not connected to the web. 


On to the update. 


What I wrote in The Wall Street Journal:


Why Southeast Asia’s GrabTaxi Is Removing ‘Taxi’ From Its Name. Uber’s main rival in the region wants to communicate that it offers services like private car rides, not just taxi booking.  


What I wrote at


5 Questions That Will Help You Figure Out Your Purpose in Life — A look at an interesting YouTube video, and a book recommendation. 


Five items that are worth your time this week:


1. If you are lucky enough to be a student at the University of Kentucky, you can now take a class called “Taco Literacy: Public Advocacy and Mexican Food in the US South.” 


Per the syllabus, required reading includes “Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food,” “Tacopedia,” and “Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America.” Here’s an interview with the professor, Steven Alvarez.  


2. How did monkeys get across the Atlantic, way back when, from Africa to South America


3. Huge news for fans — ahem, Anasuya — of “Gilmore Girls.” The series is officially returning — to Neflix, no less — with the original stars and creator. 


4. The new Apple TV is excellent for many reasons, chiefly among them the integration of Siri, which allows you to search for shows or movies by voice, rather than by typing. But there are also some cool apps; here are a few


5. Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, perhaps the world’s best manager, is leaving Bayern Munich for Manchester City. Man City have big money, big ambitions, and now a seriously big time, big name coach. Are they a dynasty in the making


Thanks for reading Newley’s Notes, a weekly newsletter where I share my WSJ stories, posts from my blog, and various interesting links. 


Have a great week!

— @Newley


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Not Sure What to Read in the ‘New Yorker’? Subscribe to this Email Newsletter

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An email newsletter* I recently discovered and am loving: “The New Yorker Minute.

It’s a weekly rundown of the gems in each issue — and a guide to what you can skip.

Each Wednesday, subscribers receive a summary of material in the week’s issue, broken down into sections like “read this,” “window-shop these,” and “skip without guilt.”

There are also pointers regarding short stories, poetry and cartoons.

*Longtime readers know I really love email newsletters — and send out a weekly one myself.


Newley’s Notes #4 Just Went Out to Subscribers

In this week’s edition: The Etsy IPO, Hillary’s emails, #WeaselPecker, dangerous fajitas and more.

You can read it here.

Be sure to sign up.


Subscribe to My New Email Newsletter, Newley’s Notes

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Last Sunday I sent out the first edition of my new email newsletter*, called — you better believe it — Newley’s Notes.

You can read that dispatch here.

To be added to the list, enter your email address here.

I’ll use the brief dispatch, probably sent every Sunday, to:

  • Share links to my recently published WSJ stories
  • Highlight notable technology industry news, especially concerning tech in Asia
  • Point out other interesting stuff related to books, sports, music, science, journalism and more — much like the material I link to in my periodic links posts.

Note that the newsletter will not simply be a regurgitation of what you see on this site. It’ll point to some items but will mostly link to other stuff.

*Long-time readers will recall that I’ve blogged about email newsletters several times in the past — as long ago as January 2002, in fact! — so I’m excited to be kicking off one of my own at long last.

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Some of My Favorite Email Newsletters

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Last fall I began using email newsletters* to keep abreast of the day’s biggest business and economics stories.

Since I’ve been spending a lot of time in class, mostly away from news sites, I’ve come to appreciate these daily email compilations. Here are a few I like:

  • Reuters Counterparties. This “curated snapshot of the best finance news and commentary” is a stand-alone Reuters Web site edited by Felix Salmon and Ryan McCarthy. You can sign up for the daily newsletter by selecting Counterparties here.
  • Quartz, the new-ish business news site, has a good roundup called the Quartz Daily Brief. (The site hasn’t been loading properly for me for a few days, but you should be able to find the newsletter via the home page.)
  • The Marketplace Newsletter includes links to the well known radio show‘s most most-viewed articles, provides a mid-day update on the markets, and has links to its various episodes.
  • The Bloomberg Most Popular daily email contains just that — the site’s most popular stories of the day. You can sign up here.

In addition, I like two newsletters that don’t focus exclusively on business journalism, but that are generally informative:

*Yes, email newsletters! Remember those? Good ol’ email: Still the Web’s killer app?

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