Human Readable Magazine, for the inquisitive developer
We are a new subscription-based programming magazine that offers technical deep dives to expand your programming knowledge. Read Issue #0 now!
Hi, I’m Pek (Panagiotis Peikidis). Like you, I am a passionate developer. I’m fascinated by the creative freedom programming offers. I’m amazed at how the same tools used to build video game worlds can also be leveraged to build applications that improve the lives of users around the world. Because of this, I make an effort to learn as much as I can about creating technology.
Early in my career, a friend told me, “always use the right tool for the job. you don’t know the right tool, well, it’s never too late to learn.”
I’m here to make the right tools accessible to everyone.
Last year I started a newsletter called Morning Cup of Coding that shares programming articles from every field or programming. It grew to more than 6,000 subscribers almost overnight. After seeing the positive feedback and dedication from my readers, I decided to expand the concept into a monthly magazine format.
Human Readable Magazine strikes a balance between theory and hands on programming techniques. This magazine is for everyone who writes code, from programmers just out of college to veterans of the industry, any type of developer can learn something useful. You don’t even need a computer to follow along, we have designed each issue to be read on-the-go.
Packed with coding examples, algorithms, and illustrations, each article brings deep, practical programming knowledge. To be an insightful programmer you must learn from the experiences of others, take on new challenges, attempt to answer the questions that mystify you, and write in languages you have never used before. Human Readable Magazine offers topics that help you do all of these things (and, we think, a little bit more).
Thanks to Morning Cup of Code (and some really nice people), we got great authors to contribute to the magazine. The launch issue features articles from amazing people like Jonathan Boccara, Michael Kohl, and Andy Kitchen. Read Issue #0 now.
We stick to the science of computing. Each article is well-researched and goes in-depth on a specific subject. This is what we mean by our mantra, “technical deep dives for the inquisitive programmer.”
We deliver diversity across languages and technologies. Human Readable Magazine is programming language and domain agnostic, covering a wide variety of technologies.
We help you slow down and think. We present carefully curated, in-depth technical articles that you can read at a meditative, unhurried, thought-provoking pace.
As you know, there are tons of tutorials that spoon-feed programmers with specific instructions on how to do something, and countless wordy theoretical articles that don’t have practical applications. What we do is bridge the gap: providing a single source of high-quality programming articles that walk that thin line. Plus, we are designing the issues to be read on-the-go and consumed at your leisure.
Human Readable Magazine will be a monthly, subscription-based magazine. A single issue will cost $11.99; an annual subscription will be $79.99 a year (offered at a discount for students and universities, with plans to extend the discount to Open Source developers in the future). Each issue will feature articles from authors across a variety of software engineering backgrounds, not just about whatever is the current trending technology here is something for everyone.
All issues during our Kickstarter campaign are offered at incredible discounts.
I'm glad you asked. No, seriously. I spent a lot of time preparing for this question. We need help to get started, because, unlike traditional opinion-based content, quality technical content is very expensive.
To help us out:
- Share this website with your friends and family
- Back the project (see the right side of this page for more info)
Even if you are not a programmer, please consider supporting our launch. You will be contributing to high-quality, trusted content - the kind which seems to have gotten lost in the noise of today’s click-driven media. And, if the campaign ends successfully, we will start working on our magazine and your rewards.
On the right side of this page, you’ll see a list of tiers—each tier has a base price and a few rewards. You choose the rewards you want, set your contribution, and wait for the campaign to end. Only then will your card be charged and we will start working on delivering your rewards.
Our goal with this campaign is to fund the first three issues to kick start our magazine (see what we did there?). In case the pure satisfaction of helping launch Human Readable Magazine isn’t enough, we’ve put together some tempting rewards.
Each pledge has one or more of the following rewards:
Our planned schedule for the first three issues:
Kickstarter Exclusive Issue - March 2020
Issue #1 - April 2020
Issue #2 - May 2020
Issue #3 - June 2020
We need funding for the first three issues to pay for the actual content. We will take care of the other expenses like copyediting, print layout, and marketing. You are paying only for author and illustrator compensation. Nothing else.
Original goal: $25,000
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Our original goal will pay our authors and illustrators for the first three issues of Human Readable Magazine. After that, we plan to be self-sustaining and pay for expenses with subscription dues from our readers.
While funding the first three issues is certainly enough to kick start everything, we have plans to do more based on how much we raise now.
Stretch goal #1: $35,000 - One More Issue
If we reach the first stretch goal, we will have enough to pay for an extra issue. So, Kickstarter will fund the first four issues instead of three.
Stretch goal #2: $50,000 - Bigger Issues
If we reach this goal, you will get fatter issues! We will be able to hire more authors, and that means we can add more value per issue.
Stretch goal #3: $75,000 - Extras
More features for Human Readable Magazine are possible at this level of support. If we reach this level, we will ask backers to tell us what they want. Possibilities: a job board; founding of a cool open source project created by our readers; or whatever else we can come up with.
Stretch goal #4: $100,000 - Full Year of Issues
We will be celebrating big if you can help us to achieve this goal. This amount will pay for a full year of issues, so we can plan great things for readers in our second year. If we reach this goal, we will create a gallery of backers with a bio and photo (if you want credit) that will stay posted as a page of the Human Readable Magazine site for the first year.
Stretch goal #5: $200,000 - Events And More
Could it happen? Sure. If we raise this amount during our Kickstarter campaign, we will put some of the funds toward planning a Human Readable Magazine user conference for 2021. This would mean talks from our authors and a chance for mind melding with fellow programmers. And of course, some craft beer (we can dream, can’t we?).
Human Readable IO, the parent company, is a publication dedicated to celebrating the thirst for knowledge. Our mission is to provide high quality technical content for all developers. We do this by having a killer team of content creators, editors, and producers that focus on the fundamentals of computer science.
We started with our newsletter, Morning Cup of Coding, and now working on Human Readable Magazine. But this is just the beginning.
Risks and challenges
This is a magazine in 2020; the risks are somewhat high. However, our founder has many years of programming experience and an already successful email newsletter with the same spirit. Pek has assembled an incredible team of talented and experienced people – writers, designers, illustrators, copyeditors – who all believe strongly in the Human Readable Magazine mission. We are all working hard to make it a reality.
We’ve had incredible support from Morning Cup of Code readers and there’s already a buzz about the magazine from other outlets. We are on schedule to publish the first issue in April 2020. We expect to publish issue 2 in May and issue 3 in June. Although we’ve been conservative with our delivery timeline, the main risk is with last-minute unforeseeable delays due to author schedules. If that happens, our Kickstarter supporters will be the first to know.
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