There is a myriad of websites, blogs, YouTube channels and online resources for the use of Raspberry Pi and exiting projects to go with it. There is however nothing like having a printed magazine or a book to follow or assist you through the adventures of physical computing, I will attempt to show you a few worthwhile publications here. The first and probably most obvious publication you should go for is The Magpi which now is the ‘official’ Raspberry Pi monthly magazine. The issues are often bundled with ‘surprises’ such as a free PiZero’s or Google AIY kits – as you do . A 12 month subscription will cost £55 but you will receive a free PiZeroW bundle with that (including case/cables)
The MagPi has a wealth of contributors from the now solid ‘PiCommunity’ and a range of engaging projects to capture the imagination of fellow tinkerers, programmers, hackers across all age ranges. Lucy Hattersley has now taken over for Russel Barnes who now in turn has taken the helm at Hello World – also a mention to Rob Zwetsloot for coming up with some awesome features in the magazine.
As an educator / teacher you will be eligible for a FREE subscription to the recently established Hello World magazine which is far less RaspberryPi centric and takes a broader view of physical computing in education and strategies to promote and further the subject. Although Hello World might seem a bit more academic it is a very good ‘teacher toolkit’ for anyone involved in teaching Computer Science / Computing. Hello World still contains great tutorials for use in the classoom and with guests writers like Cat Lamin , Alan O’Donohue , Miles Berry and Linda Ljukas the topics covered are incredibly diverse.
Honourable mentions in the geeky world of publishing; Wiley not only has a good range of Pi related books and publications; they have also supported authors like Carrie Anne Philbin, David Whale and Martin O’Hanlon to get very useful and inspirational publications printed for use in classrooms. Simon Monk is a prolific author of anything RaspberryPI and coding – his Raspberry Pi Cookbook is definitely worth a read for the beginner and HEY – there is now even a Haynes Raspberry Pi2 Manual for car lovers. O’Reilly publishers have a great range of books and publications on programming and Raspberry Pi hacks all served on amazon both in print and as ePub / PDF. Please leave comments below and Happy book hunt peeps.