Raspberry Pi publishes new book for computer history buffs

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the launch of its latest book The Computers That Made Britain. In this book, author Tim Danton looks at the home computer boom that took place in the UK in the 1980s, covering 19 different computers including the ZX Spectrum, BBC Micro, and Commodore 64. In this book, Danton not only tells the stories of these computers but provides insights from the people behind them.

Discussing the book, Raspberry Pi’s Digital Content Manager, Alex Bate, said:

The Computers That Made Britain tells the story of those computers – and what happened behind the scenes during their creation. With dozens of new interviews discover the tales of missed deadlines, technical faults, business interference, and the unheralded geniuses behind all of it. Geniuses who brought to the UK everything from the Dragon 32 and ZX81, through to the Amstrad CPC 464 and the Commodore Amiga.”

The computers covered in this 300-page book are the Acorn Archimedes, Acorn Electron, Apple II, Apple Macintosh, Amstrad CPC 464, Amstrad PCW 8256, Atari 520ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, Commodore PET 2001, Commodore VIC-20, Dragon 32, IBM Personal Computer (5150), Research Machines 380Z, Sinclair QL, Sinclair ZX80 and ZX81, and the Sinclair ZX Spectrum.

The Computers That Made Britain is now available for purchase on the Raspberry Pi Press Store and can be bought in-person from the Raspberry Pi Store in Cambridge as well as Waterstones. As with all other Raspberry Pi-published books, a PDF version of the book is also available for free from the Wireframe website.

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