Menzies returned to Edinburgh where he opened a bookshop at
61 Princes Street. As well as books and newspapers, he also
sold inks, pens, account books and office equipment. He also
developed a reputation for stocking books published in foreign
London John Menzies had made several friends in the publishing
industry. He now used these contacts to develop his business
in Edinburgh. This included a deal that gave him the rights
to distribute the works of Charles Dickens in the east of Scotland.
He also became the Scottish agent for Punch Magazine.
the Caledonian Railway provided the first through service from
Edinburgh to London. This made it easier for Menzies to sell
books, magazines and newspapers published in the capital. He
also began to explore the possibility of selling books on railway
stations. By 1857 he had obtained the sole rights on all the
railway stations in the north-east of Scotland. Menzies also
employed basket boys who sold newspapers to passengers as the
trains made their brief stops at the various railway stations.
Menzies also gained the contract to distribute newspapers to
the various newsagents in Scotland. John Menzies died in 1879.