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The Best Applications For Creating Free Email Newsletters


I send-out a free monthly newsletter for people who just want to get my choices for the best posts of each month. I hadn’t really thought much about the value of monthly newsletters until I read an interesting post today in TechCrunch about a new super-simple application that lets you create email newsletters called TinyLetter. Here’s an excerpt describing the advantages of an email newsletter:

… if you don’t blog daily, you won’t build an audience, but email newsletters can be sent out weekly and have a built in audience. And people check their email everyday. And people can reply to emails…

That all makes sense to me.

Editor’s Note: See What We Know About MailChimp’s Plan to End TinyLetter

So, given that, I thought I’d write a short “The Best…” list sharing some easy and free ways to create your own email newsletter.

Here are my choices for The Best Applications For Creating Free Email Newsletters:

I use Feedblitz for my own monthly newsletter.

There’s the app I wrote about at the beginning of this post call TinyLetter.


Nourish is a ” free newsletter service that allows you to convert any RSS feed into an automated email newsletter your readers can subscribe to.”


If those aren’t enough choices, Mashable has a lengthy list (though it’s three years old and probably has quite a few outdated links) of other email newsletter applications.

FlashIssue is a new free tool that lets you easily create email newsletters. Here’s a video about it:

Wix, the popular website-creating tool, has announced a new feature they call Shout Out that lets you send out a newsletter. It appears that you have to first create a website on the site, and I’m not too sure how easy it is to import email addresses, but it’s still clearly something I should add here.

Here’s a video explaining how it works:

Revue is a new tool for creating email newsletters. It’s only free to use if you don’t have more than 200 subscribers, but it’s not very expensive if you have larger numbers. You can read more about it at TechCruch.

You can easily create simple email newsletters with elink.

Letterfuel is a new tool for creating email newsletters.  It’s only free, however, up to the first 100 subscribers.

Feedback is welcome.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. FlashIssue is great, it’s like storify for email!

  2. Yeah, tinyletter is good. I have used as well and it seems pretty good, especially on mobile.

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  4. Hi,
    Do you know of any sites that can make a email version of the newsletter and also print a hard copy?

  5. Everyone here is working too hard. I want to tell your about a service called Using, you can launch an entire email broadcast in under one minute. allows sending email broadcasts directly from a high resolution PDF file. If you cant output a PDF, eSimply also accepts Microsoft Word .DOC and .DOCX files. Your emails will display perfectly in your clients native email programs. You do not need to waste time messing with html, inline css, and all the problems with templates. also creates a text version and converts the annotation layers to hyperlinks. I highly recommend everyone check it out.

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  6. Another option would be online brochures. Check out Lucid Press. They have a great free brochure maker.

  7. I am well acquainted with some of the sites. But I can’t seem to find the capability to not only do emails but also design a newsletter that is printable. I am working for a non profit that is just getting started on this digital newsletter so by examination and a little digging I realize the transitions wont be easy. If their is a service that is free and can print as well as email with the standard page 1, 2 format then that would be groovy.

  8. i just tried wix as i have a web page with them… their design capabilities seem to be very limited….. you are restricted to their templates not allowing many modifcations….

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