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OPINION: Making it together

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I have always supported those magazines I love. I currently subscribe to Simon Brew’s excellent Film Stories magazine, BBC Good Food, National Geographic, and I get RSPB Nature’s Home and Tate Etc. delivered as a member of both fine organisations. I also have a Readly account for picking up digital magazines that I wouldn’t admit to reading in public, and PressReader for picking up digital newspapers (incidentally, did you know you can read these online for free with a library card, at pressreader.com?)

You can get The MagPi magazine, and all of our stable of tech titles for free: HackSpace magazine, Wireframe, and Custom PC are all available as PDF downloads. This is because we want to reach as many people as possible, and make computing as accessible as it can be to a wide range of folk. Raspberry Pi is all about lowering the barrier to entry for computing. And our magazines are a proud part of that.

Each magazine we make offers a different window into the tech and maker scene, whether it’s Wireframe’s developer interviews, or HackSpace’s practical tutorials on wood and metal-working. I even enjoy Custom PC’s deep dive into obscure PC components like cooling widgets. It keeps people off the streets, probably literally as they can’t afford shoes, having spent all their money on motherboards.

Keeping it real

One thing I’m especially looking forward to is meeting The MagPi magazine readers again. Whether it’s at Pi Wars, the Scratch party, or the Raspberry Pi Birthday Bash. It’s at these kinds of events that the community comes together. This is where we really find out if it’s all working. Fingers crossed we will be back attending these events soon. 

In the meantime, you can really help us out by filling out our reader survey. We’re not sure how it works at other magazines, but we set up these surveys ourselves, and the editorial team sends them to our email list. 

It’s not just some marketing gumpf. We read every response and take all the thoughts on board. And of course, you can always email the team directly (magpi@raspberrypi.com) or get in touch on Twitter or Facebook.

Magazines are all about people. The people featured, making the projects, and those behind the scenes beavering away to put the images and words together. Ultimately, it’s all about coming together once a month to hang out and chat about our hobby, making and building with Raspberry Pi.

I hope you enjoy the time you spend inside these pages. I hope The MagPi, in its own small way, makes the world a better place. Even if it’s just for a few people for a couple of hours every month.

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