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Abrams Books
Abrams Logo.svg
Parent companyLa Martinière
FounderHarry N. Abrams
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City
DistributionHachette Client Services[1]
Key peopleMichael Jacobs, President, CEO
Publication typesBooks, stationery
Nonfiction topicsart, photography, cooking, craft, comics, interior design, garden design, entertainment, fashion, popular culture
ImprintsAbrams Books, Abrams Appleseed, Abrams Books for Young Readers, Abrams Comicarts, Abrams Image, Abrams Noterie, Abrams Press, Amulet Books, Amulet Paperbacks, The Overlook Press
Official websitewww.abramsbooks.com

Abrams, formerly Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (HNA), is an American publisher of art and illustrated books, children's books, and stationery.

The enterprise is a subsidiary of the French publisher La Martinière Groupe. Run by President and CEO Michael Jacobs, Abrams publishes and distributes approximately 250 titles annually and has more than 3,000 titles in print.

Abrams also distributes publications for the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate, Vendome Press (in North America), Booth Clibborn Editions, SelfMadeHero, MoMA Children's Books, and 5 Continents.[2]


Founded by Harry N. Abrams in 1949, Abrams was the first company in the United States to specialize in the creation and distribution of art books.[3][4] Times Mirror acquired the company in 1966 and Harry Abrams retired in 1977. For many years, the company was under the direction of Paul Gottlieb (publisher) until January 2001, eighteen months before his death.[5] Abrams was acquired by La Martinière Groupe in 1997.[4]

In 2018, Abrams acquired The Overlook Press.[6]


Abrams Books[edit]

Abrams publishes illustrated books on the subjects of art, photography, performing arts, fashion, interior design, and nature and science. Titles published by Abrams include The Art of Walt Disney,[7] Earth from Above, Louis Vuitton: The Birth of Modern Luxury, The Diary of Frida Kahlo, Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody's Fool, The Wes Anderson Collection, The Selby Is in Your Place, Abrams Discoveries, and Vanity Fair 100 Years (about the two U.S. magazines: 1913-36 and from 1983).[8]

Abrams Appleseed[edit]

Founded in 2012, Abrams Appleseed publishes board books, novelty books, and picture books for children up to age five.[9] The imprint's list of titles includes Alphablock, Hippopposites, Pantone: Color, In My Heart, and the Mini Myths series.

Abrams Books for Young Readers[edit]

Abrams Books for Young Readers publishes picture books and illustrated nonfiction for preschool through middle-grade readers. The imprint's list of titles includes Library Mouse, Rosie Revere, Engineer, I Am Yoga, Animalia, Babar's Museum of Art, Separate Is Never Equal, Maritcha, and 365 Penguins.[10]

Abrams Comicarts[edit]

Abrams Comicarts publishes graphic novels and illustrated books about the creators and the history of comics art, animation, and cartoons. Its titles include Mom's Cancer, Kirby: King of Comics, My Friend Dahmer, The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis, R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country, and The Art of Rube Goldberg.

Abrams Image[edit]

Abrams Image was launched in 2006 and publishes illustrated and non-illustrated books on music, humor, fashion, and popular culture. The imprint's titles include Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar, Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style, Understand Rap, CBGB & OMFUG, The Steampunk Bible, Paris Street Style, Sh*tty Mom, and Cupcakes and Cashmere.[11]

Abrams Noterie[edit]

Abrams Noterie is a gift and stationery imprint that collaborates with authors, artists, and brands to make paper goods. Recent publications include Paris Street Style, The Kings County Distillery: Whiskey Notes, Hyperbole and a Half, Daily Dishonesty, and The Forest Feast gift and stationery collections.[12]

Abrams Press[edit]

Abrams Press publishes narrative non-fiction works relating to arts and culture, food, style, design, history, current events, science, technology, memoir, and biography. Upcoming titles include Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America, Two-Dimensional Man, Breaking Bad 101, and A Stash of One's Own.[13]

Amulet Books[edit]

Amulet Books publishes novels, graphic novels, and nonfiction for young adults and middle-grade readers. The imprint has published many bestselling and award-winning books, including Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series,[14][15][16][17][18][19][20] Heart of a Samurai, Cece Bell's El Deafo, Tom Angleberger's Origami Yoda series, and Michael Buckley's Sisters Grimm and NERDS series.

Amulet Paperbacks[edit]

Amulet Paperbacks publishes original titles as well as reprints. Books published by Amulet Paperbacks include Lauren Myracle's Internet Girls series, A. G. Howard's Splintered series, Jesse Andrews's Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and Jonathan Auxier's The Night Gardener.


  1. ^ Hachette - Our Clients
  2. ^ "Abrams website". Abramsbooks.com. Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  3. ^ Harry N. Abrams interview, 1972 March 14, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
  4. ^ a b "TIMES MIRROR TO SELL HARRY N. ABRAMS UNIT", The New York Times, March 11, 1997
  5. ^ Paul Gottlieb, Longtime Publisher of Art Books, Dies at 67, The New York Times, June 6, 2002.
  6. ^ "Abrams Acquires Peter Mayer's the Overlook Press". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2018-10-14.
  7. ^ The Art of Walt Disney
  8. ^ Abrams Dropping Stewart, Tabori & Chang Name
  9. ^ Abrams Unveils Appleseed Books Imprint
  10. ^ Andrew Smith to Head Children's Books at Abrams
  11. ^ A Re-energized Abrams
  12. ^ Abrams Plus to Launch with Jess Brallier at Helm
  13. ^ Abrams Press's First Title Due in May
  14. ^ Kids' Choice Award 2009, winners list
  15. ^ Between the Lines: 'Kid' Rocks, The rise of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," Entertainment Weekly, 2 May 2008
  16. ^ Kids' Lit Gets Graphic, Two surprise best sellers may herald a young-adult revolution, New York Magazine, 13 April 2008
  17. ^ Crossover Dreams:: Turning Free Web Work Into Real Book Sales, The New York Times, 13 December 2007
  18. ^ 'Wimpy Kid' Keeps Kids of All Ages in Stitches, NPR, "All Things Considered," 2 February 2008
  19. ^ 'Wimpy Kid' bullies its way to big success, USA Today, 27 January 2008
  20. ^ Resorting to humor, and petty larceny, The Boston Globe, 20 May 2007