pygmy_giant wrote:I'm happy to knock up graphics to specification if asked.
Why not accept advertisements to raise revenue? If you can accurately estimate readership and if it is high enough you could approach pi/demographic related retailers with a price plan or simply place a notice in advertising the advertising space.
It wouldn't hurt if done sparingly and tastefully.
Send an email to email@example.com
and we will get you (and anyone else interested) on board.
If you want something to get you started a new graphic for the C++ section would be helpful, since as several people have pointed out the hard-drive image isn't really related to much.
Advertising is something we are looking at, not least because it is a bonus to the readers to know where they can get good Raspberry Pi products. It is something which we have piloted to some extent in the current draft and hope to expand upon in the new year if all goes well. We will ensure that content isn't over shadowed by it though, and it will be RPi related. Estimates of reader numbers are good, and the fact that it reaches a specific readership (Raspberry Pi users or those interested in them) means it should be a good place for companies producing Raspberry Pi products.
Subscriptions...Long term we may come up with a way to do this, however we are still discussing how it may work.
One problem is that if at some point the magazine comes to an end, there won't be money owed to people who have paid for subscriptions, we want to avoid selling something which may one day not exist - not least the issues involved to managing 1000s of accounts and related money.
One proposed idea is a pay-as-you-go type model, where payments are made monthly as and when the magazine is produced, to start with printing will then be done following payment (later on, numbers may be estimated better to produce them ahead of time perhaps). We are looking at the options, but as you can imagine we want to avoid a loss which could effect the future of the magazine if we rush into something.
Personally, reaching readers with content they want is still our main focus, so we welcome feedback and ideas on what people feel is missing or want to see (although can't please all the people all of the time). Ideas and even article submissions are all welcome.