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About Haynes Publishing


John Haynes OBEJohn Haynes OBE wrote and published his first book, on building an Austin 7 Special, whilst he was still at school in 1956. He wrote two more 'Special' builders' manuals while doing his National Service in the RAF. The first 'proper' Haynes Owners Workshop Manual, for the Austin Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite, was published in 1965. Based on the stripdown and rebuild of the project vehicle and with extensive use of step-by-step photographs – a process that has not changed to this day – this manual set the standard for many generations of manuals to follow.

Since Haynes Publishing was founded in 1960, more than 150 million Haynes Manuals have sold throughout the world, more than half a million in the UK last year alone. There are around 300 UK car manuals in print at present with 130 plus UK motorcycle manual titles - not to mention equivalent ranges in the USA, France and Sweden. Actually writing a car manual takes 20 to 30 man-weeks. Authors work in pairs, which shortens the origination time and avoids them going crazy in the middle of long projects. We buy a car at the beginning of the project and sell it at the end - either to staff or on the open market. The workshop phase lasts approximately 4 weeks, although we usually keep the car until the manual is about to print in case of last-minute queries. From the start of a project to the publication of the manual usually takes between three and six months. Motorcycle manuals take about two-thirds as long.

We have two editorial facilities; one in Somerset, England and one in the USA (near Los Angeles). The UK office produces manuals in English, French and Swedish while the US office produces manuals in American We have two editorial facilities; one in Somerset, England and one in the USA (near Los Angeles). The UK office produces manuals in English and Swedish while the US office produces manuals in American English, American Spanish and Australian English. We sell directly in the UK, USA, Canada, Sweden and Australia. So far, Manuals have been published in a total of 15 languages - English, French, Swedish, Chinese, Japanese, German, Czech, Finnish, Polish, Bulgarian, Hebrew, Greek, Danish, Spanish and Russian.

Alongside our world famous car and motorcycle manuals, Haynes also publish a variety of books on many other motoring, transport, family and DIY related areas including; restoration, motor sport and maritime subjects, aviation, farm tractors, commercial vehicles, motorcycling, cycling, caravanning, camping, home decorating & DIY and health matters.

In 2010 Haynes celebrated 50 years in publishing.

At the HaynesOnline site, you will find each publication detailed together with its front cover, a brief but detailed description, author, price, product code, ISBN, size, extent and, in the case of car and motorcycle manuals, its year and model coverage. You will also find all our foreign language manuals listed along with the complete range of Haynes Manuals Inc., American Automotive Repair Manuals and TechBooks.

With well over 2,000 books on subjects as diverse as Cycling, Motorsport, Leisure Pursuits, History, Health and Home DIY available at the click of your mouse, HaynesOnline really does offer a lot more than just manuals!

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