Iconic UK independent publisher Haynes Publishing has launched its first eBooks this week which are now available direct to consumers via its own website.
The 50 year old publisher, much loved for its car manuals and now offering a wide list of non-fiction, enthusiasts’ titles, has become one of the first UK publishers to publish its eBooks independently.
The first titles, which include TV sports commentator Steve Rider’s My Chequered Career (hardcopy released on 4 October), are available from a new standalone website, accessible via Haynes’ UK homepage. Titles are available to download to web-enabled iPads, Sony e-readers, Galaxy and other Android devices.
Grand Prix aficionados will be able to download Ayrton Senna: The Whole Story, a fast-moving and comprehensive account of the life, and untimely death, of Brazil’s legendary three-time Formula One World Champion.
Other eBook titles from Haynes’ popular current list include Bernie Ecclestone’s biography, Bernie; Tiff Gear, the story of former Top Gear and Fifth Gear presenter Tiff Needell; the ever-popular Memories of Senna and the colourful, personal accounts of RAF personnel serving in Afghanistan, Blue Sky Warriors.
Jeremy Yates-Round, managing director of Haynes Publishing, said: “We’re very excited to be making some of our most popular titles available as eBooks and we’re particularly proud to be doing so independently. Haynes has developed both the product and delivery system through our HaynesPRO division using entirely in-house resources so that we can offer our best-loved titles electronically at competitive prices.
“Thanks to the strength of the Haynes brand and our loyal customers, we are pioneering the way to deliver digital content via our own platform. Other independent publishers have already shown interest in our approach and new capabilities and we are confident this is a significant move forward for the publishing industry which will benefit customers by bringing more competition into online book delivery.
“At Haynes we are now able to produce products not only in an ePub format which can be delivered to desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones, we have also produced cutting edge interactive electronic versions of our Haynes Manuals which incorporate video, audio, interactive hyperlinks, predictive text search capabilities and many other functions including Dictionary and Conversion calculators.”
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Haynes Manuals is the world's leading publisher of illustrated workshop car and motorcycle manuals, as well as producing manuals on a wide range of DIY, leisure and lifestyle subjects. These will continue to include motoring and motorsport related subjects.