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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Risks and challenges
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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