The Quarto Group introduces new creative-craft market trend Scratch & Create

March 15, 2017

The Quarto Group are delighted to announce the launch of Scratch & Create, a new format and trend in the Adult creative-craft market.
This new series incorporates metallic ink layered over specially commissioned drawings or unique colourful backgrounds. By using a special stylus, you can scratch away the coating, uncovering beautiful, full colour finished artworks or you can create your own designs – from botanical illustrations to inspiring quotes crafted from the hand lettering stencils included.


All of the scratch pages are perforated and result in a finished piece of work – they can all be displayed, given as gifts, or in the case of the postcard books, also sent through the mail.


David Breuer, Chief Creative Officer, The Quarto Group says: ‘More and more adults are looking for creative activities that can help them unwind and relax. We believe people will enjoy these innovative products that offer new ways of stimulating the mind and exercising new skills’.


The Quarto Group was at the forefront of the global colouring phenomenon and has sold over 2 million colouring books worldwide. Scratch & Create, takes your creativity beyond colouring and lettering, encouraging you to unwind your mind and discover a new course of relaxation and creativity.

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For more information, please contact:                                                                                                        
Jessica Axe

Campaigns Director – Adult’s (UK)

The Quarto Group

jessica.axe@quarto.com

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Three Quarto Books Listed on the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017

January 24, 2017

Three Quarto Titles 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.”

The selection committee looks for books that emphasize human relations, represent a diversity of groups and are sensitive to a broad range of cultural experiences, present an original theme or a fresh slant on a traditional topic, are easily readable and of high literary quality, and have a pleasing format and, when appropriate, illustrations that enrich the text.

We are very proud to have the following three titles selected on the list:

  • Amelia Earhart – Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
  • Mabrook! A World of Muslim Weddings – Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
  • The Hello Atlas – Wide Eyed Editions

 A preview of the Notable Social Studies list is available on the CBC site. 

 Quarto had four titles selected in the 2016 list. 

Quarto Author Peter Dazeley Awarded The British Empire Award

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.

The British Empire Medal is described by gov.uk as “Awarded for a ‘hands-on’ service to the local community. This could be a long-term charitable or voluntary activity, or innovative work of a relatively short duration (3 to 4 years) that has made a significant difference.” And is part of the Queen’s Honours system.

The system recognises people who have, made achievements in public life, committed themselves to serving and helping Britain. They’ll usually have made life better for other people or be outstanding at what they do.

From Dazeley’s success as a photographer he was able to give back to communities by donating his time as a photographer, to a variety of different charities. In his career he has guided and inspired the young through his mentoring in photography and  has also donated his skills to charities in support of their campaigns. Described as ‘the working class gong’ the British Empire Medal prize trophies long term commitment to charities.

Now at the age of 68, Dazeley is still working hard and can look back with great satisfaction at what he has achieved. He will be meeting the Queen later on this year to receive his award. 

The Quarto Group Announces Changes to Senior Leadership Structure

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:

Ken Fund, currently President & CEO, Quarto Publishing Group USA, will become Chief Operating Officer of The Quarto Group.

In this new global role, Ken will lead the company’s commercial management. In addition to leading global Publishing Operations and global IT infrastructure and systems, Ken will now lead the Sales teams and be tasked with exploring new distribution channels and markets.

Ken has over 30 years of experience in the publishing industry and has been a successful, trusted and respected leader of Quarto for over 15 years. Prior to joining Quarto, Ken held several leadership positions at Dino DeLaurentiis Productions, Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins San Francisco. Ken is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and holds an MBA in Finance from Pace University.

David Breuer, currently Director, Quarto International Co-editions Group, will become Chief Creative Officer of The Quarto Group.
In this new global role, David will lead the creative management of the business.

David joined Quarto in 2011. A graduate of Oxford University, he has worked for the art publishers Phaidon Press and with André Deutsch. He was Managing Director of the art publishers and bookshop chain Zwemmer, Commercial Director for the Royal Pavilion, Art Gallery and Museums of Brighton, and was for 15 years the Chief Executive of Royal Academy Enterprises organizing the business activities of London's Royal Academy of Arts. He is also the founder of Iqon Editions.

David Inman, currently Managing Director, Quarto Publishing Group UK will become Managing Director, Quarto Partners.

In this newly created role, David will manage our new entrepreneurial business, Quarto Partners. He will have ownership of Quarto’s distribution services across the US and the UK, with an objective to develop further distribution and partnership agreements. He will also manage Quarto’s international joint ventures and look for opportunities for growth around the world, in both English and foreign language. 

David first joined Quarto as Sales and Marketing Director in 2009 before returning as Managing Director of Quarto Publishing Group UK in 2013, following a period with Templar Publishing. A graduate of Cambridge University, David began his career with Macmillan Publishers. In 1990, he co-founded TV tie-in publisher Boxtree which grew from a start-up company to an £8 million business, prior to its later acquisition by Macmillan. He then held several senior management positions with Hachette Illustrated in Paris and Octopus Publishing.

Quarto Foreign Rights, People and Communications will continue to report to CEO Marcus Leaver.

Marcus E. Leaver, CEO of The Quarto Group, commented: "Ken, David and David have been trusted senior leaders of Quarto for many years and I have every faith in them to make these new roles a success. These changes all support the next chapter of Quarto’s story, which we will fully unveil later this year.

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For Further Information
Dorothée de Montgolfier
Group Director of Communications
020 7700 9002

About The Quarto Group
The Quarto Group (LSE: QRT) is the leading global illustrated non-fiction book publisher and distribution group, whose mission is to make and sell great books that entertain, educate and enrich the lives of adults and children around the world.

Quarto creates and owns proprietary content, publishing books from a diverse portfolio of imprints that are creatively independent and expert in developing long-lasting content across specific niches of interest.

Quarto sells books across 45 countries and in 35 languages through a variety of traditional and non-traditional channels, while constantly looking for new ways to create and deliver content that people need.

Quarto employs over 400 talented people in the US, UK, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. The group was founded in London in 1976. It is domiciled in the US and listed on the London Stock Exchange.

For more information, visit quartoknows.com or follow us on Twitter at @TheQuartoGroup.

Coloring Books Grow Up -- They're Not Just for Kids Anymore

August 10, 2015
The San Jose Mercury News featured Quarto Publishing Group titles in its feature this weekend on the adult coloring book trend.

Quarto CEO Ken Fund's interview also was featured in the article:

Publishers say the surge in sales began this spring. "We've been selling them for a long time, but the big spike really started earlier this year. I think it caught most publishers by surprise," says Ken Fund, CEO of Quarto Publishing Group USA, which markets the "Color Me" line and 24 other titles, selling 2.5 million copies since February.

"I think people are looking for ways to help them keep calm and stress-free," he says. "These appeal primarily to the female market, but it's crossed over into the male market, too, with tattoo images, skeletons, Day-of-the-Dead stuff."

See the entire story here .

Rockport Author Named to ACT/ART Board

August 5, 2015
Lori Zimmer, author of The Art of Cardboard from Rockport Publishers, has been named to the board of ACT / ART , which provides a forum for artists and the public to engage in acts of creative expression–acts of art–that generate awareness, provoke dialogue, change perception, and evoke positive change around important social and public policy issues. The group recently announced its first initiative in partnership with The White House.

"I am excited to announce our first initiative in partnership with The White House to inspire positive change through the power of contemporary art," said Zimmer. "Join our #IAMTHEMANY poster initiative to end racial bias in the justice system."

ACT / ART has invited several artists to kick off the poster contest, which will serve as inspiration on the group's social media. Other artists are invited to enter their work for a chance to appear in the contest's exhibition and digital media campaign.

Zimmer is a writer and curator who's career has evolved along side the public art/graffiti community. After pursuing her Masters at FIT in Art Market: Practices and Principles, she went on to work as sales director for urban art gallery, for 3 years before branching off on her own. Since 2009, Lori has been working actively in the art world on many facets, from writing to curatorial projects to other collaborations. Aside from creating and writing Art Nerd New York, she also is the Art Editor for Inhabitat.com, "Art Seen" columnist for Patrick McMullan Magazine, and is also a contributing writer for MutualArt, ArtFetch, art.sy, Flavorpill, WhiteHot, Creem and ArtSlant.

ACT/ART believes that all people are capable of creative expression, and that an act of art can be found in any public space or forum–in a gallery, on the street, or on social media. It can be a drawing or a photo, a performance or a hashtag. ACT/ART defines an act of art by one simple criterion: that it creates awareness in order to instigate positive and lasting social change.

Trendy but Calm: Adult Coloring Books Selling Like Crazy

July 15, 2015
The Associated Press reports that adult coloring books are giving Harper Lee a run for the money on best-seller lists this summer. A story on the coloring book craze by the AP's Beth J. Hapaz has been published in more than 100 outlets across the country.

The story mentions that "Quarto Publishing will have 1.3 million in print this year ranging from mandalas to fairies."

"We cannot print them fast enough," said Amy Yodanis, Quarto's head of marketing. "We are getting orders of 60,000 at one time from some of our biggest retailers."

"People are stressed and anxious all the time," said Jeannine Dillon, Quarto's publisher. "Coloring is a way to calm down and unwind at the end of the day."

See the entire AP story .

Quarto Coloring Books Featured in Parade Magazine

July 14, 2015
The adult coloring book craze continues to make headlines. Parade Magazine, which is a supplement to Sunday newspapers across the country, ran a cover story on the phenomenon in its July 12 edition.

Race Point author Lucy Mucklow, who wrote Color Me Happy and Color Me Calm, offered tips on how to choose colors to convey your mood. Here's what the article said:

According to licensed clinical professional art therapist Lacy Mucklow, co-author of the coloring books Color Me Happyand Color Me Calm, the colors themselves carry therapeutic qualities. That is to say, selecting colors can literally affect your mood.

Here’s a guide to how you can use colors to pep up or calm down—or combine them for a total mood makeover:
  • - Cool colors like blues, greens, and purples have a calming effect. Use them to literally chill out.
  • - Warm colors like red, orange, and yellow are pepper-uppers. Use them to pick up a bad mood.
  • - Bright colors are energizing, so turn to them when you want a little inner lift.
  • - Dark colors carry a lower energy, and can be used to ratchet down an overactive mind.
  • - Pastels and light tints communicate softness, and are soothing to the soul.

See the whole story at Parade.com .


Parade Magazine has a print circulation of 32 million and online views of 2.5 million per month.

The Quarto Group Announces QuartoKnows.com

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.

Each subject area has carefully curated recommendations, accompanying blogs full of rich content drawn from the books and focused social media accounts to drive consumer engagement. Direct to consumer sales will launch from 31st August in the USA and 30th September in the UK.

Marcus Leaver, CEO, The Quarto Group commented: "What better way could there be to enable consumers to discover more books than to present them clearly in response to their interest and searches? We want to be able to connect our books and their authors directly with consumers in a way that is responsive to what they're searching for. We know that what draws people to our books is that they provide critical and dependable information about the subjects they're passionate about. With the enormous breadth of subjects about which we have real expertise, deep content reservoirs, and fantastic communities around our authors, it is clear that Quarto really does know. We're excited at the opportunity this gives us to engage consumers and develop deeper and lasting relationships and provide more meaning to the Quarto brand."

About The Quarto Group:
The Quarto Group, Inc. (LSE: QRT) is the leading global illustrated book publisher and distribution group and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Quarto employs about 400 talented and creative people in four distinct but complementary businesses – Quarto International Co-Editions Group; Quarto Publishing Group USA; Quarto Publishing Group UK and Books & Gifts Direct, Australia & New Zealand.

The Group is well positioned in resilient segments of book publishing with rich reserves of Intellectual Property. Quarto is uniquely positioned for growth as the industry adapts to new means of marketing, sales and routes to market. The Group's headquarters are in London where the Company was founded in 1976.

Coloring Books Grow Up

May 19, 2015
Publishers Weekly reported on the latest craze in publishing with a feature on the popularity of coloring books. Featured in the story was information on The Quarto Publishing Group's coloring book program.

Quarto will easily have a million adult coloring books in print this year, with the market continuing to surge, said Ken Fund, president and CEO of Quarto, a publisher of illustrated and creative titles. Those sales are being led by its Zen Coloring Book series, which includes the bestselling Color Me Calm and Color Me Happy, both by art therapist Lacy Mucklow with art by Angela Porter. The books have gone back to press 10 times in the past six months, for a total of more than 275,000 copies worldwide. 'We imagined the books would appeal to adults looking to relax. But we never expected the responses we've received from people battling serious medical conditions,' added editorial director Jeannine Dillon, who came up with the idea for the series after coloring with her four-year-old son.


See the story here .