Frequently Asked QuestionsHow do I link my prelaunch purchase?
Why are there ads in the mag and are they likely to inundate the content in the future?
Can I buy back issues of the magazine?
How do I order a copy of the mag?
Can I buy a digital/online version of the mag?
If I want a hardcopy of the mag, as well as digital access, is this available?
Where can I get the mag from if I don’t want to buy online?
Aren’t most paper mags going bust? What are you doing differently that means you won’t go bankrupt before a subscription expires?
Why are you launching a paper magazine to a modern tech demographic? Do we really need more paper used?
Why did my pre-ordered mag arrive in my letterbox AFTER they appeared in retailers? Shouldn’t my pre-order have arrived first?
Is it cheaper if I order more than one copy at a time - i.e. buy an annual subscription?
Including advertisements is an essential way for us to keep costs down for our subscribers/readers. That said, finding the balance between features and appropriate advertising is key for us, and something we’ll always be very mindful about. Rest assured, the first issue is PACKED with what we feel is great content and this is the structure we’ll follow for future editions as well. Our goal is to provide knowledge and “springboard” many ideas, because what readers want is different from individual to individual. In Issue 1, for example, we have a reasonable focus on micros (Arduino/Pi) but have some fun ideas in there too. We’re also committed to providing a platform to showcase the great builds from you guys out there.
As new issues become available, our older issues won't be found in stores - but that doesn't mean we've forgotten about them, and neither should you! After all, there's plenty of great, timeless content in each issue, so we're making them available in print whilst stock lasts, and indefinitely for purchase in digital format.
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You sure can - right here, in fact!
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Jaycar Electronics and Altronics stores across Australia will sell the magazine while stocks last. As of 3rd July 2017, it is also available from thousands of newsagents across Australia.
It’s actually a falsehood that magazines are going bust in general. This applies to mainstream publications (often the ones found in convenience stores, supermarkets, etc). However it’s a misconception that the decline holds true through to niche titles. Titles with a specific interest such as DIYODE, are actually seeing great growth. Women’s Weekly lost 150,000 readers last year which accounts for just 9% of its readers. In contrast, Tech Life grew its readership by 45% in the same period; however, because it’s a smaller magazine to start with, it equates to 24,000 new readers. That does little to offset the decline in the bigger magazines of course, and if we were publishing a “mainstream” magazine, then yes, we would certainly be entering a declining market. Like all new business ideas, we can’t offer guarantees that it’ll be a success. But we’re working hard to create an amazing publication that makers and electronics enthusiasts love to read, and having received feedback from all over the world in response to our debut issue, it looks like we’re definitely on the right track!
While it’s true we’re putting out a print magazine, we have a huge digital focus too. We’re encouraging further discussion on the topics, digital resources, and indeed about one-third of our subscribers have opted for the digital-only option. With regards to paper useage, the pulp actually comes from farms run specifically to serve the paper industry. Commercial printing presses (in Australia at least, and we’re printed in Sydney), have certified paper sources that ensure we’re not using forestry resources, and that it’s 100% “farmed”. So we’re not contributing to deforestation or anything nasty by putting out a new print publication.
Unfortunately, we didn’t anticipate retail stores putting magazines on sale as early as they did. Once they left our printing house we had no control over distribution and they ended up appearing in stores, simply because everyone was so excited about getting the out there! But it’s good to see it out there all the same, and those who did pre-order were likely to receive the special edition front cover, which were limited in supply.
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