Haynes won’t publish new repair manuals in print, but the massive back catalog stays
New Haynes manuals are going to be stuck in digitization. Before you throw your manual in the wall in disgust, do note that this change to digital-only manuals pertains to “new” manuals that Haynes hasn't published yet. All manuals which were previously available in hard copy will still be printed making available for sale in dead-tree form. The massive back catalog will remain.
Assuming you own or intend on purchasing a used car, there is a good chance that Haynes includes a repair manual for you. However, anybody searching for a physical Haynes manual of the car like the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E should direct their focus on the internet. This is where every new manual that Haynes publishes from now on will live. The company tweeted a short statement announcing this news, even while advertising a new project it's dealing with.
If you recall February 2021 (we know, it seems like an eternity ago now), John Haynes, the founding father of Haynes Repair Manuals, passed away that month. About 8 weeks later, Haynes was acquired by Infopro Digital. Among a number of other things, Infopro Digital says certainly one of its services would be to provide “solutions for that automotive aftermarket industry to optimize and digitize its functions and business processes.”
Looks like Infopro Digital has done what it really says it will. Haynes is transitioning towards the digital-everything landscape we live in now. Many manufacturers are uploading owner's manuals to their car's infotainment systems nowadays, enabling you to search keywords to find a product. It may be just a little quicker than glossary searching, but we still like having the physical book like a resource.
The second part of Haynes' statement does have us slightly intrigued. The more maintenance and repair guides, the merrier. Coverage of 95% of models and makes means there's a excellent chance your automobile is going to be included in these guides coming out soon. In the meantime, we likely won't feel any kind of hurt concerning Haynes' decision to quit printing new owner's manuals. In 20-30 years, we're able to feel differently. Until then, you may still surf on over to Haynes' website and snag a physical owner's manual for that car or truck you simply bought.