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Bring Volume 3 of The MagPi magazine, the first and only community magazine for the Raspberry Pi enthusiast, from virtual to reality.
357 backers pledged £19,421 to help bring this project to life.

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What is The MagPi?

The MagPi magazine is the world’s first and only free, regular magazine for users of the Raspberry Pi… a $35 computer that is changing the way kids and hobbyists learn about computing.

The MagPi has been published online almost every month since May 2012 and every issue is packed full of hardware and software projects and tutorials for all skill levels. But many people have asked us to make printed copies of the magazine available and move The MagPi from the virtual online world to reality.

The MagPi remains the only Raspberry Pi magazine created by the community for the community… and it is even designed and laid out using the Raspberry Pi too! It can be read online or downloaded for free from our website, http://www.themagpi.com.

The MagPi Issue 21
The MagPi Issue 21

As the Raspberry Pi has grown, so too has The MagPi. In Volume 1 (2012) each issue had 32 pages. In Volume 2 (2013) the average page count increased to 40 pages. Volume 3 (2014) increased that again to 48 pages.

Following on from our previous two very successful Kickstarter projects, this Kickstarter is to help complete the printing of Volume 3 plus create a stunning binder to store the magazines.

We did start to make printed copies of Volume 3 available on a monthly basis, but we are all volunteers and both time and resources meant that we could not maintain that level of effort. So we decided it would be better and more cost effective to make printed copies of Volume 3 of The MagPi available as one "bumper pack". Volume 3 will comprise of all 10 issues published in 2014 (issues 20 to 29) plus our "last" issue 30. Additionally you will get a superb binder to hold all the magazines plus our exclusive MagPi stickers.

With 48 pages in most issues in Volume 3, that represents 516 full colour pages of content… double the number of pages we had in Volume 1!

What’s in Volume 3?

Unlike traditional magazines, The MagPi is more like a journal filled with peer reviewed articles. Consequently the content does not date quickly. Indeed, the majority of the articles and tutorials in Volume 1 are just as relevant today as they were when they were first published.

Article from Issue 20
Article from Issue 20

Each issue of The MagPi contains a diverse selection of topics, all focused on the Raspberry Pi. A small selection of examples include Scratch programming, physical computing with the GPIO, home automation, Sonic Pi, Minecraft, internet radio, time lapse photography, games programming in BASIC, robots, computer vision and many, many more articles.

Article from Issue 22
Article from Issue 22

The binder

If you already have Volume 1 and Volume 2 then you know how awesome the binders are. You will also be pleased to know that for Volume 3 we are retaining the same design on the spine of the binder, for consistency when standing on a shelf, plus we will again include the content of every issue on the back of the binder for easy reference.

As you can see from the picture below, the front of the Volume 3 binder retains the same layout as the Volume 1 and Volume 2 binders, but with dramatic new artwork.

Draft of Volume 3 binder front cover design
Draft of Volume 3 binder front cover design

If you are new to the Raspberry Pi we also have pledges to get Volumes 1 and 2 of The MagPi. There is a limited stock of Volume 1 and once it's gone, it's GONE!

Volume 1 binder
Volume 1 binder
Volume 2 binder
Volume 2 binder

The stickers

Every pledge, except for "Fuzzy Glow", comes with two exclusive MagPi stickers - a small (60mm x 45mm) sticker for your Raspberry Pi case and a large (180mm x 125mm) sticker for your laptop lid, project folder, etc.

Exclusive MagPi stickers
Exclusive MagPi stickers

FREE shipping!

Yes! Binders and magazines are bulky and heavy but your pledge includes FREE shipping within the UK. From our previous Kickstarters we know that international shipping costs meant that many overseas readers could not order. There is still a charge for international orders but this time it is subsidised.

Multiple orders  

You can pledge for multiple rewards now if you wish. Why not purchase a second set of magazines to donate to a family member, or a local school or hackspace? 

To do this all you have to do is click "Manage My Pledge" on the main project page and then double your pledge amount. If you are outside the UK you also need to double the shipping charges. 

Obviously we will be throwing in extra stickers with these too!! 

At the end of the Kickstarter campaign, we will send out a survey with an option to tell us about any additional items you pledged for. 

You can help 

With every pledge you help us to produce The MagPi. If you do not want the printed magazines or binder, but you would just like to show us your appreciation for making The MagPi available to view online for free, please choose either the "Fuzzy Glow" or "Sticker Madness" pledges.

If you have an article you would like to submit, send an email to articles@themagpi.com.

Issues 20, 21 and 22
Issues 20, 21 and 22

Risks and challenges

Risks

Since we already have a binder design ready, our risks are low in terms of creative content. We have mitigated risks by getting print samples and by using partners experienced in volume, global distribution. We have also used all of these suppliers before and know and trust their capabilities.

Our single biggest risk is that we do not reach the minimum funding level. This could happen because we have no advertising budget so bringing awareness of the project will be done using social media, appropriate forums, websites and word-of-mouth.

However, based on previous experience, we are confident that we can hit this target based on the readership levels of the online magazine, the large online and offline communities that surround the Raspberry Pi and our close relationship with, and involvement in, those communities.

Challenges

If you participated in our previous Kickstarters you will know that it took a whole lot longer to deliver the magazines than any of us could have imagined. But everyone was pleased with the quality.

We have learned from that experience and this time we do not anticipate any delays. Issues 20 to 24 have already been printed and issues 25 to 28 are ready to send to the printers. That just leaves issue 29 to prepare for printing and work is already in progress. The printed magazines are very high quality and are printed on semi-gloss, heavy-weight paper. For Volume 3 we will continue to use the same printer that we used for Volumes 1 and 2.

The design of the binder is largely complete. We just need to collate the contents of each issue and add these to the back of the binder. We were very pleased with the high quality of the binders for Volume 1 and Volume 2, so we are also using the same binder manufacturer for Volume 3.

Our partners that will be packaging and shipping all the rewards have extensive experience in global logistics and have been able to secure such a good rate that UK shipping is free for all rewards. Alas, there is no escaping that binders and magazines are heavy and bulky. For our international readers outside the UK we have worked hard to keep the shipping price at £6 for Europe and £10 for the rest of the world.

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    Pledge £1 or more About US$ 1.29

    FUZZY GLOW: Get a warm fuzzy glow in your heart for being so kind.

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    STICKER MADNESS: Get a warm fuzzy glow in your heart and awesome MagPi stickers for your Raspberry Pi.

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    STUFFED CRUST: This is it. You get printed copies of Volume 3 (2014) of The MagPi magazine comprising of all 10 issues with 468 full colour pages of content. You also get the superb MagPi binder. Also includes a warm fuzzy glow in your heart and awesome MagPi stickers.

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    VOLUME 2 CATCH-UP: Missed out on our Volume 2 Kickstarter? Get both Volume 2 and Volume 3 binders along with 21 issues of The MagPi. That’s 900 full-colour pages of Raspberry Pi content! Also includes a warm fuzzy glow in your heart and awesome MagPi stickers.

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    Pledge £60 or more About US$ 78

    GET IT ALL: If you are new to the Raspberry Pi or to The MagPi, this is a rare opportunity to get Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3 of The MagPi. That’s 3 binders and 29 magazines with an incredible 1,156 full-colour pages of content. Volume 1 stock is limited and it will not be printed again… so when they’re gone… they’re GONE! Also includes a warm fuzzy glow in your heart and awesome MagPi stickers.

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    Pledge £100 or more About US$ 129

    SIGNATURE EDITION: This very limited pledge will get you the STUFFED CRUST pledge, but the binder will be signed by Eben and Liz Upton from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, with a personalised message of your choice. In addition to the signed binder, you will also receive a copy of the third edition of The Raspberry Pi User Guide signed by Eben Upton plus a copy of Adventures in Raspberry Pi signed by Carrie Anne Philbin plus a signed copy of The Raspberry Pi Cookbook for Python Programmers by The MagPi’s Tim Cox.

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    Pledge £130 or more About US$ 168

    SIGNATURE EDITION PLUS: This very limited pledge will get you everything in the SIGNATURE EDITION, (i.e. signed Volume 3 binder, Volume 3 magazines and signed books by Eben Upton, Carrie-Anne Philbin and Tim Cox) plus you also get Volume 1 and Volume 2 binders and magazines.

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