About Quarto Publishing Group USA
Quarto Publishing Group USA (formerly Quayside Publishing Group) represents a dynamic group of imprints dedicated to providing quality print- and ebooks to its readers. Formed in 2004 upon Rockport Publishers’ acquisition of Creative Publishing international, Quarto Publishing Group USA now encompasses Cool Springs Press, Creative Publishing international, Fair Winds Press, Motorbooks, MVP Books, Quarry Books, QDS, Quiver, Race Point Publishing, Rockport Publishers, Voyageur Press, Walter Foster Publishing, and Zenith Press.
For more than 85 years, Walter Foster Publishing has been providing art instructional books and activity kits to artists of all ages and abilities. In 2014, Walter Foster Jr. was added as an imprint focusing on children's art books, kits and gift products.
Rockport Publishers was founded in 1984, and soon established itself as an esteemed publisher of high quality graphic design and craft books. Rockport’s illustrated source books for professional designers and artisans present the best design work from around the world.
In 2001 Rockport Publishers launched Fair Winds Press to publish quality illustrated trade paperbacks by top authorities in the fields of nutrition, general health, parenting, and fitness. Packed with content and how-to photography, each book offers an illustrated alternative in competitive subject areas with depth of resources not found in other books or on the internet.
Quarry Books, launched in 2004, provides practical reference for enthusiasts in many categories including crafts, food, pet care, and hobbies.
In July 2004, Rockport Publishers once again expanded its horizons by acquiring Creative Publishing international. CPi specializes in visually stunning books for a hands-on world. They are a worldwide leader of how-to-books on topics including home improvement, home decorating, sewing and crafting, and outdoors. For more than 20 years, CPi has developed illustrated, step-by-step books branded with nationally recognized names like Black & Decker and Singer. This strategic purchase helped strengthen and consolidate the entire group’s sales and marketing functions. It also enabled the group to strike out as its own distributor.
Quiver is a boutique imprint that first offered books and kits in the fall of 2006 for couples who want to take their sex lives to the next level. Quiver celebrates erotic pleasure and intimacy through beautiful, sophisticated photography and titillating, yet practical, text.
In 2007, The Quarto Group Inc. acquired MBI Publishing Company. MBI publishes under the Motorbooks, Voyageur Press, and Zenith Press imprints; and, since 2009, MVP Books. Motorbooks is the world's leading publisher of books and calendars for the transportation enthusiast. Voyageur Press publishes books and calendars on subjects ranging from music to crafts, American heritage, country lifestyle, horses, railroads, and more. Zenith Press publishes both illustrated and narrative books on subject matters including military history, aviation and space, current events and world politics. MVP Books offers distinctive, high-quality books for the sports and fitness enthusiast, including illustrated works, narrative nonfiction, and how-to guides.
In addition to the publication of its own titles, MBI distributes titles for specialist publishers from around the world. This distribution business, now branded QDS, represents more than two dozen client publishers.
Cool Springs Press joined the fold in 2011. It is the leading publisher of state and local gardening information in the United States. In addition to gardening, Cool Springs Press publishes books and creates products on birding, cooking, canning and preserving, and in 2013 it took over the home improvement line of titles formerly publsihed under the Creative Publishing international flag.
Race Point Publishing, which is dedicated to producing high-quality illustrated books in a variety of subjects, was formed in 2012. As a general interest publisher of illustrated books, it strives to deliver authoritative content in a beautiful package.
Book Sales, Inc., has been in the business of publishing and supplying books to wholesalers, mail order companies, and retail stores for over 50 years. Its imprints include Chartwell Books, Wellfleet Press, Castle Books, Knickerbocker Press, Alva Press, and Blue & Grey - all publishing high quality illustrated books or reprints. Categories include novels, cookbooks, history, juvenile, fine art, art instruction, how-to craft books, natural history, gardening, civil war, militaria and more.
The Quarto Publishing Group USA is led by Ken Fund, President and CEO, and is a subsidiary of the London-based Quarto Group, Inc.