Quarto Group

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The Quarto Group (LSEQRT) is an international publishing house based in London and New York City, known for its illustrated books. It was established in London in 1976 by co-founders Laurence Orbach and Robert Morley and was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1986.[1] Laurence Orbach was the Chairman and CEO until November 2012, when he was replaced as a director by Tim Chadwick.[2]

The company publishes books in 40 languages and sells internationally through its four co-companies: Quarto International Co-editions, UK; Quarto Publishing Group USA (previously known as Quayside); Quarto Publishing Group UK (previously known as Aurum) and Lifetime/Premier Display Marketing, Australia and New Zealand. Distribution of the group's imprints in the UK, US, and Canada is handled by subsidiaries of Hachette.[3]

In August 2011 it acquired independent UK book publisher Frances Lincoln for £4.5 million.[citation needed]

In 2012, Quarto Group made a profit of $11.4 million (£7.3 million) on revenue of $181 million (£116 million).[4]


The group's imprints include:

  • Apple Press (not to be confused with Apple Comics)
  • Aurum Press
  • Cool Springs Press
  • Creative Publishing International
  • Marshall Editions
  • MotorBooks International
  • QED Publishing
  • Quarto Publishing
  • Quintessence Editions Ltd.
  • Rockport Publishers
  • Voyageur Press
  • Zenith Press


  1. ^ "The Quarto Group, Inc. | Company Background for Sales Preparation". Hoover's Company Profiles. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Orbach removed as Quarto director". The Bookseller. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Farrington, Joshua (20 June 2013). "Quarto consolidates distribution". The Bookseller. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Boles, Tracey (9 June 2013). "Defying the era of the ebook". Daily Express. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 

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