We produce a wide range of public transport timetable books, covering areas of the UK where you cannot obtain comprehensive printed information from a local authority. We print on demand, so there are no massive boxes of unwanted books to be pulped. We are passionate about what we do, and always look to improve our range, and our options to our customers.
All our books (except SKM) are print-on-demand, and books are printed individually to order. These are passed to our printer who take 3-5 days for small orders, 5-7 days for larger, to print, pack and bind, before shipping out. We also sell Steven Knight Media Photography range of bus albums and fleetbooks, which are despatched direct by Steve himself. We are now also branching out to another good friend at HealerZone over the coming months.
We do get them processed internally, and the Indexes are done by a happy band of freelancers. This, together with outsourcing a few other tasks such as fulfilment of catalogues, mean we can do more.
Our books are priced to break even on selling just a few, meaning we can do a lot more titles that might be unviable. We try to get the information out – as opposed to making a massive amount on this work. This has kept the business sustainable, while some of our competitors in years gone by may have literally sent themselves to the wall. This gives Suzy something to do in the coming years, that she is enjoying and proud of her work. We are lucky that our living costs are covered by Caroline (Suzy’s business and life partner)’s salary.
We sell online, by post, and through our website, and through such shops as Ian Allan (Waterloo, London) and the London Transport Museum Gift Shop (Covent Garden, London), with some of the Midlands stuff also available from Tenants Trains (Halesowen, West Midlands) Hunts Bookshop (Rugby), and Severn Valley Railway Gift Shop (Bridgenorth, Staffs). Trade discounts for orders of 6+ for our regulars are available.
We have a Prepaid Account service, for those who wish to get each book as soon as it is out, or pay up front. Our customer market is typically those who have an interest in the subject, libraries, travellers etc. who often don’t have access to all the online only resources.
We also use some of our income from these to operate bus enthusiast groups Anglia & Thames Valley Bus Forum www.angliaandthamesvalleybusforum.com and Dundee Area Bus Forum
www.dundeeareabusforum.com, plus the independent information site www.dundeebuses.info . We also do work on behalf of BABUS – the Bedford Area Bus Users Society. Suzy is a committee member, but the Newsletters and Webhosting are done via H2T.
Susanna (Suzy) Scott, Managing Director