Issue # 7 Monday, July 13, 1998

About the Author:

Internet e-zine guru Todd Kuipers

Todd Kuipers is a software designer/Internet consultant, living and breathing, with his wife Susanna, in Calgary, Alberta. He is resident at Merak Projects currently working on Web based implementations of their petroleum software. He spends his spare time reading, writing, reading and writing about beer, tasting beer, reviewing anything that he comes across and providing pure research skills to paying customers. Things Todd and Internet can be seen at

One time proprietor of the currently defunct "E-mail-zines list", a listing of e-zines available via e-mail, Todd kept his interest in "low-bandwidth active delivery content" and currently subscribes to 40+ e-mail publications on a wide variety of topics.


E-mail-zine Essentials

This week is a single (but kind of double) review. The Economist publishes two weekly newsletters, one focussed on business and the other on politics.

Quick Rating:
Overall - 5
Content - 5
Writing - 5
Regularity - 5
Extras - 5

E-zine Description: The Economist Web site delivers two newsletters every week on international Politics and Business. These newsletters distribute the "Politics This Week" and "Business This Week" sections of the current Economist print issue. Subscribers receive these newsletters within hours of the printing of the paper edition and usually a day or two before the current issue hits the newsstand.

Frequency of Publication: Weekly

Subscription Instructions:

Politics This Week:
Message Body: join economist-politics

Business This Week:
Message Body: join economist-business

WWW location:

Contact Information:
Visit the subscription site:

Cost: Free


The Economist is one of (or just is) the world's most respected news magazines with a depth and breadth of cover that is rarely matched. These two newsletters reprint/preview page four and five of the print edition and contain an excellent capsulated view of what has occurred around the world over the last week.


Content - 5
Content here is clean, concise, accurate and has behind it the resources of one of the best news teams on the planet. I would argue that you obtain the best fast summary of world news available anywhere from this mail-out.

Writing Quality/Style - 5
The Economist style is almost legendary; immaculately written with the occasional witty pun or double entendre thrown in. Use of language is key here, allowing for maximum fact with minimum space.

Regularity - 5
Every Thursday night. Given the large distribution list it generally arrives within a 10 hour time range. Timeliness is also a bonus; it sometimes arrives a full week before the print edition (via subscription).

Extras - 5
Extras... proper instruction set in every issue. And of course you have the opportunity for a free trial subscription to the Economist Web Edition.

Overall - 5
I read these two newsletters every week. Gives a clear indication of recent events and does it with style. Also means I get the information 4-6 days before my print edition crawls in from Canada Post. If the content fits your needs, subscribe!

If you haven't already taken a stroll through the Economist Web Edition, visit it at You can receive 15 logins to the site and peruse news items on places that Time and Newsweek haven't even heard of.


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