- Created on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 00:00
The Somerset-based automotive publisher Haynes Publishing Group has announced the axeing of its book division and closure of the Sparkford distribution centre.
A company spokesperson explained the move away from publishing general automotive titles will allow the Group to focus on extending its range of paper and digital DIY workshop manuals, as well as expanding the HaynesPro online information system used by professionals; areas it considers to have the largest growth potential.
Although enthusiasts will be disappointed by the axeing of Hayne’s book division, the closure will allow the company to concentrate on developing additional digital platforms. With manuals available for a huge number of vehicles, Haynes’ non-motoring manuals cover subjects as wide ranging as men and raising babies, and have since expanded into all manner of different areas, including aircraft, Formula One race cars and spaceflight.
Company founder John Haynes wrote his first DIY manual on building an Austin Seven special while he was still at school in 1956, and the first ‘proper’ Haynes manual for the Austin Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite was published in 1965. With annual sales of over seven million manuals, nearly every classic car owner will have a selection of well-thumbed Haynes titles. Early manuals are now very collectable and the ability to republish these online will make them available to a new generation of enthusiasts.
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