Haynes stops publishing new Workshop Manuals in print

The latest blow for print publishing sees all new Haynes Manuals made electronic only. The back catalogue remains available in print

The iconic Haynes Workshop Manual is to be consigned to the history books, after the publisher announced it is to cease all new printed manuals.

Haynes will still continue to publish new guides, but these will come in electronic form only. Manuals that already exist will continue to be printed and published physically.

The first Haynes Workshop Manual was published in 1966 for the Austin Healey Sprite, with the iconic cutaway drawings of Terry Davey arriving in 1972. The news comes as home mechanics increasingly turn to online tutorials and videos, while Haynes’ own online manuals have become increasingly popular as people turn their backs on books. 

Haynes Publishing was founded by John Haynes over 50 years ago, but was sold following his death to French firm Infopro Digital for a reported £114 million earlier this year. 

A spokesperson for Haynes Group said: “We can confirm we’ve taken the commercial decision to cease publishing any new printed Workshop Manuals. However, we will continue to print and publish our extensive back catalogue of automotive and motorcycle titles.

“In addition, we are currently in the process of creating an exciting and comprehensive new automotive maintenance and repair product that will cover around 95% of car makes and models – an increase of around 40% over our current Workshop Manual coverage. This will provide consumers with more choice than ever before. More details will be provided in due course.”

The statement concludes: “Far from it being the end of the road for Haynes, the company is about to embark on an exciting new journey. “

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