What’s the perfect accessory for a $35 computer? How about a $14 book explaining how to use it?
The official Raspberry Pi User Guide is up for pre-order in the US and UK, priced at $13.59 and £11.69, respectively. The book is written by Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton and journalist Gareth Halfacree, and it’s described as “everything you need to get started with your Raspberry Pi.
That includes information on Linux for beginners, tips for loading an operating system on an SD card, and programming.
There’s also information on using the little computer as a media center. While it has a slow 700 MHz ARM11 processor, the integrated graphics processor can handle 1080p HD video playback, and there are already early builds of the popular XBMC media center application for the Raspberry Pi.
I suppose one of the reasons the Raspberry Pi foundation can sell the little computer for such a low price is because it doesn’t have to print and distribute a user manual. And $13.59 really isn’t that much to pay for a technical manual of this sort. But it does seem a little odd that the user guide for the little computer costs almost half as much as the PC itself.
Update: There’s now an abridged version available at a lower price.