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Bring The MagPi magazine, the best and only magazine for the Raspberry Pi enthusiast, from the digital realm into the physical realm.

After a number of requests, we are now accepting payment by PayPal also...if you would prefer to pay this way please see the FAQ below.

Also please head over to our Facebook page and give us a like and share - www.facebook.com/MagPiMagazine

THE PROJECT

This is a unique opportunity to kick-start moving the availability of The MagPi magazine from the digital realm into the physical realm and we are offering supporters some very exciting rewards. The MagPi is the world's only magazine for users of the $35 Raspberry Pi computer.

The Mag Pi - Volume 1 (Issues 1 to 8)
The Mag Pi - Volume 1 (Issues 1 to 8)

The MagPi magazine has been published online each month since May 2012. Each 32 page magazine is created entirely by enthusiasts using the Raspberry Pi. It can be read online or downloaded for free from our website, www.TheMagPi.com, which receives 100,000 hits every month.

We have always wanted to make the magazine available in printed form, so we did a test print run of issue 6. The result was a large number of requests for all back issues to be printed. However there are significant upfront costs associated with professionally printing a magazine and a significant volume of magazines must be printed to get the price point to where we want it to be.

This is where this project comes in.

Issue 6 Printed Copy
Issue 6 Printed Copy

Your pledges will bring The MagPi from virtual to reality. If there is sufficient interest then this will give us confidence to continue to make printed copies of The MagPi available when we start Volume 2 next year.

Rather than make individual back issues available, we decided it would be better and more cost effective to make Volume 1 of The MagPi available as one "bumper pack". Volume 1 will comprise of all 8 issues published in 2012, including the upcoming December issue. Additionally you get an exclusive binder to hold all the individual magazines with artwork which will be designed especially for this Kickstarter project.

With 32 pages per magazine, that represents 256 full colour pages of pure content. Each issue contains a diverse selection of topics, all focused on the Raspberry Pi. There are regular articles on programming in Python, Scratch and C++ plus numerous hardware projects using the GPIO interface. Other articles include an exclusive interview with Eben & Liz Upton, playing computer music, 150+ games for your Raspberry Pi, how to turn your Raspberry Pi into a media centre, building "Skutter" - a Raspberry Pi controlled robot, and many, many more articles.

Issue 7 Scratch Patch Article
Issue 7 Scratch Patch Article
The funding goal is not the real target. We need a minimum of 250 pledges for the magazine before we can create a suitable printing run to make it worthwhile for us, and a great price for you. (Thanks to everyone's support this target has now been hit!!)

If you don't want the printed magazines, 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.

Where does the money go?  

Here at The MagPi we are all volunteers - we are certainly not in this for the money. We take inspiration from the Raspberry Pi Foundation and use our talents, enthusiasm plus an extensive amount of personal time to give back to the global community and help further the education of anyone using the Raspberry Pi computer.

However, there are certain administrative costs that go towards producing a high quality magazine. Printing magazines is certainly not free plus there are costs related to website hosting and bandwidth usage. While the vast majority of the pledge amount will be used to print the magazines and provide the rewards, there will be a small surplus from each pledge. This will be used to fund the ongoing costs of producing The MagPi plus it will allow us to explore other ways of expanding the availability of the magazine, introduce other types of content plus translations to other languages. We'd love to read your ideas in the comments section about what you would like to see in future issues of the magazine.

You can help

With every pledge you help us continue to produce The MagPi. However, you can also help by volunteering - time is also one of our limiting factors. If you have an article you would like to submit, or want to help with the magazine layout and general production, please send an email to editor@themagpi.com.

Issue 7 Printed Copy
Issue 7 Printed Copy

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

CHALLENGES

There are many potential challenges and we have tried to mitigate most of them. However our collective experience in industry, project management and numerous professional fields plus a global perspective will enable us to tackle any unexpected challenge.

Printing: We have already chosen a printer who can print the magazines and binders to our budget and required quantities. They have provided us with test copies and we are very pleased with the quality. When the magazines are printed we will be examining random samples frequently to ensure the high quality of the test copy is maintained.

Distribution: 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. We originally wanted to offer the rewards for Christmas delivery but instead elected to ship in January 2013. This gives us and our partners time to prepare appropriately for the quantity of pledges received and we can also mitigate any delays due to the holiday season.

RISKS

Being a magazine which already exists in a virtual form, our risks are low in terms of creative content. Issue 8, the last issue in Volume 1 is in an advanced state of completion and is expected to be available online on 1 December at http://www.themagpi.com. We have mitigated risks by getting print samples and by using partners experienced in volume, global distribution.

Our single biggest risk is that we do not receive the minimum quantity of 250 pledges for the MagPi Bumper Pack. This could happen because we have no advertising budget so bringing awareness of the project will be done using social media, appropriate forums and websites and word-of-mouth. But this can take time and the Kickstarter project will only run for around 4 weeks.

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

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    THE 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, never seen before, MagPi stickers for your Raspberry Pi.

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    THE MAGPI BUMPER PACK: This is it. You get printed copies of Volume 1 (2012) of The MagPi magazine comprising of all 8 issues, each with 32 pages, for a total of 256 full colour pages of pure content and no advertising. You also get a limited edition MagPi binder, with artwork exclusive to this Kickstarter project, to store your individual magazines plus of course MagPi stickers.

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    THE CHRISTMAS PACK: This will make a super gift for anyone who has a Raspberry Pi. It's the same as the MAGPI BUMPER PACK but because we will not deliver before Christmas, we will send you a home-printable Christmas voucher to give to your loved one on the big day!

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    GAMBLE: This fun pledge will give you everything in the MAGPI BUMPER PACK plus a "Gamble" Raspberry Pi case. The case comprises a bottom and top half, each available in one of five different colours; red, white, blue, black and green. The fun gamble is that you will not know which colour combination you will receive.

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    BOGO, Buy One Gift One: This pledge will give you the MagPi Bumper Pack and also allow you to gift a MagPi Bumper Pack to a child, school or community group of your choosing. You will be able to choose to have the second MagPi Bumper pack delivered to you or we can deliver it directly to the gift recipient.

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    MAG+PI KIT: Want to get a second Raspberry Pi? This pledge will give you the MAGPI BUMPER PACK, a Raspberry Pi case plus a 512Mb RASPBERRY PI MODEL B!

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    STARTUP KIT: This pledge will give you the MAGPI BUMPER PACK plus everything you need to get your Raspberry Pi up and running including a Raspberry Pi case, 8Gb SD card with preloaded Raspbian Linux OS, a 5V 1.2A power supply, HDMI cable, a wired keyboard, 3 button optical mouse plus a 512Mb RASPBERRY PI MODEL B!

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    THE SIGNATURE EDITION: This very limited pledge will give you the MAGPI BUMPER PACK plus a signed copy of the "Raspberry Pi User Guide" book with a personal message from Eben and Liz Upton. You will be able to specify the name that will be added to the signed message.

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    ULTIMATE KIT: This is top-of-the-line. This pledge will give you the MAGPI BUMPER PACK plus a Raspberry Pi case, 8Gb SD card with preloaded Raspbian Linux OS, a 5V 1.2A power supply, HDMI cable, a 2m CAT5e network cable, a USB 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter, a powered 4-port USB hub, a USB SD card reader, a heat sink kit (very useful when over clocking) a wireless keyboard and mouse combo plus 512Mb RASPBERRY PI MODEL B!

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    SIGNATURE KIT: This is THE Raspberry Pi experience. This very limited pledge will give you everything in the top-of-the-line ULTIMATE KIT including the MAGPI BUMPER PACK and a 512Mb RASPBERRY PI MODEL B! You also get a signed copy of the "Raspberry Pi User Guide" book with a personal message from Eben and Liz Upton. You will be able to specify the name that will be added to the signed message.

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    SIGNATURE KIT: This is THE Raspberry Pi experience. This very limited pledge will give you everything in the top-of-the-line ULTIMATE KIT including the MAGPI BUMPER PACK and a 512Mb RASPBERRY PI MODEL B! You also get a signed copy of the "Raspberry Pi User Guide" book with a personal message from Eben and Liz Upton. You will be able to specify the name that will be added to the signed message.

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    THE ADVERTISER: This is the package to buy if you are looking to advertise your products to a large community of Raspberry Pi enthusiasts across the globe. This gets you a full page advert in EVERY ISSUE (estimated 11 issues total, starting in Feb) of the magazine in 2013. It also includes everything in THE SIGNATURE EDITION! If you back this reward, you can rest assured that your signature edition will be the first to be sent out in January 2013.

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