Wow, brilliant idea! Will you deliver to the UK ?
You said it was aimed at beginners, but there is no reason why it could not have more advanced things in it. Why not have a section like the exhibition/gallery, where people can show off their arduino creations? Maybe a project of the month prize? Arduino related news section?
Why not have a section like the exhibition/gallery, where people can show off their arduino creations?
[I'm at an intermediate level and find it hard to find things that are my level
This idea has been stuck in my mind for some months: an Arduino magazine? Why not?But... Why start a magazine while there are so many blogs, so many project sites and wikipedia who knows everything? It would be aimed towards beginners. Like, every issue, another part or shield is presented, and how to use it, ... You wouldn't only get a pile of electronics if you buy that certain piece after a while, but also the knowledge to use them. Of course that wouldn't be all, stuff like projects in detail (how exactly it's made, how it's works, ...), making a project with a walk through the steps of designing the code and hardware, explanations of, for example, the differences between some programming languages or a description of the differences of Creative Commons licenses, ...So, in short, I'm looking for opinions and other ideas
that's where you put a link to your stuff,
How about user contributed material? Any of the readers can write an article to be placed in the magazine, should they want to. To keep spammers out, it would need to be checked over by the editor first, but it could serve as an announcement page. Basically, like the playground, only on paper.
You'd want to include news, reviews, letters, readers wives projects (you'd probably want some web space to host decent instructions for all projects included, this may be better than filling the mag with it), how-tos, theory, that kind of thing.I'd pay for it if you publish it as an eBook through the kindle store.
This idea has been stuck in my mind for some months: an Arduino magazine? Why not?So, in short, I'm looking for opinions and other ideas
You're probably looking at around $20K USD for the website development (complete package, actual development company, plus the marketing, etc) alone.
Quote from: doublet on May 09, 2011, 09:19 pmThis idea has been stuck in my mind for some months: an Arduino magazine? Why not?So, in short, I'm looking for opinions and other ideas I assume you are sitting on a pile of money, and its burning a hole in your pocket?The truth is, starting a magazine is hard and expensive work; have you done your research as to your target market, how many of them purchase magazine subscriptions, which ones they currently subscribe to, etc?Do you know about your competion? You have Make, Nuts and Volts, Servo, and several others to consider; no, none of these are focused on the Arduino exclusively (or at all), but they -are- your competition, so you need to keep them in mind - mainly as to what makes them successful, how do they draw in the readers, how can you compete with them, etc.These days, you also need to build a community around your magazine, and that means social networking and a good website. This costs money - quite a bit of money. You're probably looking at around $20K USD for the website development (complete package, actual development company, plus the marketing, etc) alone.I'm not saying it isn't possible, nor that it isn't a good idea (I'm kinda surprised it hasn't been done yet, in all the years the Arduino has been around - makes you kinda wonder "why?" - you should look into that) - but there does need to be a reality check.I don't think it would be worth trying unless you had about $100,000 USD to kick it off - that would be "to do it right" (ie, getting an office, hiring staff, building the website, marketing, etc). Even then, it could be a crapshoot...Good luck with the project; I'd probably subscribe myself (or at least pick up an issue - I don't consider myself a beginner, per se, but I would be interested in such a magazine).
QuoteYou're probably looking at around $20K USD for the website development (complete package, actual development company, plus the marketing, etc) alone.$20,000 !? I built my website using HTML, and it did not cost a penny. If you get to grips with basic HTML, you can easily put together a website. After that, you will need to consider hosting it. If you already have a website, you cna add it on to that. Otherwise, you will need to buy a domain name and server space (unless you make an arduino web server). 1-2-3 reg seems a common web hosting company, so have a look round there to get an idea about prices.As cr0sh said, professional web development would not be cheap. On the other hand, homebrew websites are.Onions.
As cr0sh said, professional web development would not be cheap. On the other hand, homebrew websites are.
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