Haynes Manuals to stop printing hard copies of new car repair manuals

The new Haynes textbooks are about to be stuck in digitization. But before you throw your textbook on the wall in disgust, note that this shift to digital-only textbooks applies to “new” textbooks that Haynes has yet to publish. All manuals that were previously available in hard copy will continue to be printed and made available for sale as a dead tree. The massive rear catalog will remain.

Assuming you own or are planning to buy a used car, chances are good that Haynes has a repair manual for you. However, anyone looking for a physical Haynes manual for a car like the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E should direct their attention to the internet. This is where every new manual Haynes publishes from now on will live. The company tweeted a short statement announcing the news, while also advertising a new project it is undertaking.

If you remember February 2019 (we know it’s been forever now) John Haynes, the founder of Haynes Repair Manuals, passed away that month. About two months later, Haynes was acquired by Infopro Digital. Among other things, Infopro Digital indicates that one of its services is to provide “solutions for the automotive aftermarket industry to optimize and digitize its functions and business processes”.

Looks like Infopro Digital has done exactly what it says. Haynes is transitioning to the digital landscape we live in today. Many manufacturers upload owner’s manuals to their car’s infotainment systems these days, which allows you to search for keywords to find an item. It might be a bit faster than searching in a glossary, but we still like having the physical book as a resource.

The second part of Haynes’ statement puzzled us a little. The more maintenance and repair guides there are, the more the merrier. The 95% coverage of makes and models means there’s a good chance your vehicle will be included in these soon-to-be-released guides. In the meantime, we probably won’t feel any kind of bad about Haynes’ decision to stop printing new owner’s manuals. In 20-30 years, we might be feeling differently. But for now you can still surf on the Haynes site and grab a physical owner’s manual for the used car you just bought.

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