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.
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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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Risks and 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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
You can download the Christmas Gift Cards from our website here - http://www.themagpi.com/kickstarter/
We have created separate gift cards for each pledge level.
Please send us a message with details of how many magazine packs you would like through a Kickstarter message and we will let you know the best way to proceed.
The advert will need to be age appropriate, and be suitable for publishing. Other than that you can advertise whatever you want.
We have had a few questions asking whether it would be ok to send us funds via PayPal instead as some of you do not have a credit or debit card.
If you would like to do this, please send the total pledge amount (including shipping for international orders) to http://mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org via PayPal and send us a message on Kickstarter or Facebook so that we know to look out for it.
Please only use this as a last resort, if you do not have a credit or debit card...our preferred method of payment is through this Kickstarter page, but we do not want anyone to miss out on printed copies of the mag!
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