QDS offers the highest level of sales and distribution services for independent publishers looking to reach their core consumers. Its origins are deeply rooted in the strength of “special sales” accounts. The QDS sales organization is designed to reach specialty accounts, as well as service traditional booksellers, wholesalers, and on-line retailers. Regional managers based in strategic geographical regions are responsible for cross-channel selling, and are supplemented by a dedicated telephone sales team organized by category. We treat every title individually, identifying the right customers, in the right channels, to reach the core enthusiast consumer.

Contact Info

400 First Avenue North
Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Tel: +1 612 344 8100
Fax: +1 612 344 8691

John Groton, Director
     Tel: +1 860 245 5222
     Email: john.groton@quarto.com
General Email:

Why QDS?
Every publisher’s books are sold by an experienced and dedicated sales team that services major accounts such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, Books-A-Million and independent bookstores. Equally significant are the specialty accounts that are growing in importance, and in sales.

In some cases, a book’s dominant channel could be hardware stores; in others, it could be a gift store, gourmet shop, museum, or even a car dealership. We cover them all.

As a QDS client, you will be brought into a collaborative environment where the collective goal is to build a sales plan for your publishing program that will result in the best return on our mutual investment. We do not pretend to be anything other than experts in the categories we work with every day, so if you publish primarily fiction, QDS is likely not the distribution partner for you!

Our Services
The core services we provide are:

  • • Warehousing
  • • Order Fulfillment
  • • Special Handling
  • • Returns Processing
  • • Billings & Collections
  • • Sales and Sales Reporting
  • • Inventory Management
  • • Web-Access to Sales & Inventory Information

In addition, we also provide:

  • • Print-On-Demand (POD) and Digital Short-Run Printing (DSR)
  • • eBook Production and Distribution
  • • Special Handling
  • • Direct-to-Consumer Sales

As a QDS client, you can be assured of reaching major book retailers, independent bookstores, warehouse clubs, mass merchandise retailers, and specialty accounts that match your content.

January 24, 2017
Amelia Earhart and Mabrook! A World of Muslim Weddings, both from Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, and The Hello Atlas from Wide Eyed Editions have been selected as part of the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017 in the US. This annual cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council aims to gather “an annual reading list of exceptional books for use in social studies classrooms, selected by social studies educators.” Read More.
January 19, 2017
Author of Unseen London and London Uncovered published by Frances Lincoln, an imprint of The Quarto Group, Peter Dazeley has been awarded The British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for his services to photography and charity. Read More.
July 25, 2016
LONDON, 20 July 2016 – The Quarto Group (LSE: QRT) is pleased to announce the following Leadership appointments, effective from 1 January 2017 and reporting to Marcus E. Leaver, Chief Executive Officer of The Quarto Group. Read More.
October 30, 2015
Looking for great coffee table books about automotive topics. Then you've come to right place, according to ebay. A recent post highlighting ebay's picks for the top nine automotive coffee table books featured five titles by Motorbooks and two more distributed by QDS, a Quarto Publishing Group distribution business. Read More.
July 8, 2015
The Quarto Group is delighted to announce the launch of QuartoKnows.com, a new consumer facing site that showcases and promotes The Quarto Group's entire global publishing programme. The site allows consumers to discover more books in subjects they are interested in and presents books in ten subject areas each distinctly branded with a unique icon: Quarto Cooks, Quarto Homes, Quarto Drives, Quarto Kids, Quarto Lives (health & MBS), Quarto Plays (sport & games), Quarto Creates (art, craft & design), Quarto Thinks (culture), Quarto Explores (history, travel, science) and Quarto Gifts. Read More.
June 3, 2014
Orca Publishing's Incredible Waves has been named illustrated book of the year by The British Sports Book Awards. Written by Chris Power, the Orca title is distributed by QDS. Read More.
April 23, 2014
The Quarto Group was featured in Publishers Weekly London Book Show Daily on April 9, 2014. Here are a few excerpts from the article. Read More.
February 26, 2014
Quarto (LSE: QRT.L), the leading global illustrated book publisher and distribution group, on February 26 announced a rebrand of its publishing divisions, comprising new names and a new visual identity, which better represents how the divisions work together. With shared domestic, international and foreign language sales teams Quarto is one integrated supplier to customers worldwide. The new names and logos make this clear while capitalizing on the company's 38-year-old heritage. Read More.
December 12, 2013
Mustang: Fifty Years, Strange But True Tales of Car Collecting, The Real Way Round, and Art of the Classic Car were highlighted in the New York Times automobile gift book section. Read More.
October 17, 2013
Five transportation titles distributed by Quayside Publishing Group are among the Top 10 Essential Automotive Books, as selected by Gear Patrol. Three of the books are published by Motorbooks and two are published by Haynes Publishing. Read More.
September 16, 2013
On September 11, the nation marked the 12th anniversary of 9/11. The terrorist attacks that day took an enormous human toll and included a massive mobilization of rescue workers at Ground Zero along with nearly 300 search and rescue dogs from across America. The author of a new book says the legacy of the dogs includes some painful memories but valuable lessons too. Read More.
August 23, 2013
About 11 years ago, DeeAnn "Nan" Walton was working with a search and rescue dog that found a missing child. She wrote about the experience and soon started collecting stories from others who handled working dogs. The Bountiful, Utah, resident and mother of five recently compiled the collection of 29 stories 28 from Utah into "Partners: Everyday working dogs being heroes every day." The firsthand stories tell of working dogs who use their senses in extraordinary situations. Read More.
November 14, 2012
The Big Lebowski: An Illustrated, Annotated History of the Greatest Cult Film of All Time, published by Voyageur Press, and All About Bond, distributed by Quayside Distribution Services, are two of the picks in the 2012 Fandango Holiday Gift Guide. Read More.
October 23, 2012
Design*Sponge says "every inspiration library should have a healthy food section." And it recommends The Surf Cafe Cookbook as a title that should reside there. Read More.
August 21, 2012
The Wall Street Journal recommends Jazz: Body and Soul, saying that the images of the musicians pictured in their prime "transcend time." Read More.
August 9, 2012
Bob Willoughby loves jazz. And jazz musicians. As the first-call photographer for movie studios and entertainment venues, he had access to the stars as few other photographers had. Read More.
July 17, 2012
Photographer Bob Willoughby wasn't sure that his collection of photos of jazz greats taken over more than five decades would ever be compiled into a book. JazzWax tells what it took to bring Jazz: Body and Soul to the market. Read More.
June 14, 2012
Books about cars and motorsports can be very specific, zeroing in on a single model, a single innovator or a single racecourse. And they can be very broad, covering the automobile industry and its influence on American life. Here, in time for Father's Day gift buying, is a selection of five recent titles selected by the New York Times that encompass just such a range. Read More.
March 12, 2012
British automotive executive Tim Watson bought himself a Harley-Davidson and took it around much of the Southwestern corner of his adopted U.S. - and shares the results in a new book: There & Back Again to See How Far It Is. Read More.
December 12, 2011
The New York Times has selected several Quayside Publishing transportation titles as books to read till the snowplow comes. Read More.
March 10, 2011
Cliff Richard, the long-time British pop star, plans to launch an assault on the U.S. music scene, recording a new album in Memphis. Read More.
February 18, 2011
Autocourse 60 Years of World Championship Grand Prix Motor Racing was featured in the March edition of Road & Track Magazine. Read More.
February 16, 2011
Author Kay Hottendorff discusses his book with Jay Leno on Jay's Book Club Read More.
January 26, 2011
Author Ronald Adams discusses his book with Jay Leno on Jay's Book Club. Read More.
September 24, 2010
This is a recounting of the extraordinary life of Charles Amherst Villiers, gifted portrait painter, rocketeer, and the man who supercharged Bentley. Read More.