Take a Look Inside the Mind of Motorbooks Publisher Zack Miller

March 19, 2015
Have you ever wondered how Zack Miller, the publisher of the world's leading automotive book publisher, Motorbooks, got where he is today? He told the folks at CarsYeah.com .

  • What was Zack's "ah-ha" moment during his 20 year tenure with the company?
  • Were Zack's gearhead tendencies born or bred?
  • What is the vehicle that Zack would say "got away"?
If you want to peek inside the mastermind behind Motorbooks success, listen to a great interview here.

Zack joins a long list of automotive luminaries and icons that have been interviewed by Mark Greene on "Cars Yeah". Listen to the conversation here .

Publishers Weekly Notes New Era for Quarto

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:

The figures are enough to make every publisher envious: a business that's 70% backlist, writes Liz Thomson. "That's a good position to be in," agrees Marcus Leaver, CEO of the Quarto Group. "As we look for growth both in our existing business and with any potential digital way forward, it makes life slightly easier knowing we have that solid foundation."

...In both the UK and US, the "tidying up" has seen the Aurum Publishing Group and Quayside Publishing Group names dispensed with in favour of the Quarto Publishing Group UK and USA, respectively. Together, those "traditional" publishing businesses represent 48% of Quarto turnover-a surprise to the many who think of Quarto merely as "the world's biggest packager".

...The continual re-invention of Quarto is key to Leaver in this dynamic and changing publishing environment. "Ken Fund who leads the US business has done an excellent job bringing about a re-bound in 2013 after a disappointing 2012. He re-conceived the entire business and has built an excellent senior team." He and his colleagues look for talent in both obvious and less obvious places-at Walter Foster, one key figure began her career at the LAPD! "We're not sitting at the Ivy looking to agents for the next book, so we need diversity because we need to come up with a lot of ideas.

...Quarto's ideal book is All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew, a Long Island retiree. "It was first published in 1981 and still it did over three-quarters of a million dollars last year." A second edition was published last month and Leaver is touching wood that Quarto has hit pay-dirt again with Straw Bale Gardens by Joel Karsten.

 

See the entire story, along with an org chart of Quarto imprints here.

Quarto Rebrands Publishing Division; Adds New Visual Identity

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.

This rebrand applies to Quarto's publishing divisions under names aligned to group identity and not individual imprints: Quarto International Co-Editions Group (unchanged), Quarto Publishing Group UK (formerly Aurum Publishing Group), Quarto Publishing Group USA (formerly Quayside Publishing Group). The many imprints within The Quarto Group, both those started organically and those acquired over the years, will keep their existing identity and visual style.

The designs from Sydney-based creative studio Philter take into account Quarto Group's visual foundations in illustrated books and the sophisticated design of the books published but with a modern, accessible look and feel in a vibrant color palette.

The publishing divisions of The Quarto Group are presented in line with a new group logo. The new group logo consists of a Q and a circle. The Q can be used on its own as a simple expression of the brand, while the circle which houses ‘The Quarto Group' becomes a flexible graphic device to display key positioning statements and convey The Quarto Group as the nucleus around which its divisions work. Each publishing division has a logo comprising its name within a circle in a distinct colour.

The distinctive and different Books & Gifts Direct logo was also designed by Philter as part of the recent consolidation and rebrand of two previous businesses and in support of a renewed marketing push for the direct marketing business.

Roll-out begins with this announcement with all divisions using the new branding immediately.

Marcus Leaver, CEO of Quarto, said: 'The transparency this re-branding exercise brings gives clarity to our customers and partners. It represents how all parts of Quarto works together to make great books and put them in customers' hands globally, wherever, whenever and however they want them through our consolidated multi-channel marketing and sales teams.'

Jay Leno Talks With Inside Shelby American Author

February 17, 2014
John Morton, author of Inside Shelby American , was recently interviewed by Jay Leno for Leno's auto collecting website. The interview is now live at JayLenosGarage.com.

Leno was impressed with the book. 'This book reads like a conversation… a couple of guys sitting around talking about the old days," he said. "I really related to this book and found it fascinating because most of the places mentioned in here still exist in one form or another. It's a good read!'

See the interview here.

Four Quayside Titles Make New York Times Auto Book List

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.

The books were four of six featured in the section about holiday gifts.

 

Of Mustang: Fifty Years, the Times says: "Donald Farr, a longtime writer and editor at Mustang-centric publications, provides a comprehensive recounting of the car's gestation as a design study in the early 1960s, its splashy debut at the 1964 New York World's Fair and its tumultuous life up through the fifth-generation model that is entering its final model year."

 

The Times describes Strange But True Takes of Car Collecting as a "likable book (that) serves as a "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" for car obsessives, minus the nifty cartoons."

 

"Libraries are full of reflective, overthought travelogues. If you prefer yours presented with all the cheer of a tall tale told in a pub and put together with the artistic élan of a family Christmas newsletter, you will strike gold," is the review of The Real Way Round.

John Morton Honored with Lindley Bothwell Lifetime Achievement Award

November 27, 2013
John Morton will be honored with the Lindley Bothwell Lifetime Achievement Award by the Fabulous Fifties at the group's annual banquet on Dec. 7, 2014, in El Segundo, California.

Morton's new book, Inside Shelby American , was recently published by Motorbooks. He will sign copies at the event and donate a percentage of the sales to the group.

John Morton, a native of Waukegan, Illinois, has been racing most continuously since his debut in 1963, first as an amateur, then as a pro and more recently in vintage. When his dad took him to a race at Road America in 1957, he acquired a life-long passion for road racing. He dropped out of college, went to California and attended Carroll Shelby's school at Riverside. Then he persuaded Shelby to hire him as a janitor at the Shelby American plant in Venice. Eventually, he became a team driver.

Motorbooksmobile: Going Where Gearheads Gather

October 22, 2013
Motorbooks Publisher Zack Miller wrote a guest column for Huffington Post about the Motorbooksmobile, which is traveling the country to appear at auto shows, races and swap meets. The column appeared Oct. 21.

Read what Miller wrote at HuffingtonPost.com .

Qbookshop Titles Make Up 5 of Top 10 Essential Auto Books

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.

Topping the list is The Complete Book of Corvette . The other Motorbooks titles are Form Follows Function: The Art of the Supercar and Mustang: Fifty Years .

The Haynes titles on the list are The DeLorean Story: The Car, The People, The Scandal and Formula 1: All the Races - 2nd Edition .

See the entire list here .

Vanity Fair Features Photo Gallery from Porsche 911: 50 Years

September 24, 2013
In the early 60s, those looking for performance art had a couple of options. One could catch Yoko Ono onstage, stone-faced, as strangers snipped off pieces of her loose black dress. Compelling. But on September 13, 1963, the world was introduced to a more palatable—even beautiful—marriage of performance and art: the Porsche 911. The vehicle quickly became the definitive—and disruptive—sports car, somehow squeezing two jump seats and an engine into its svelte tail.

Randy Leffingwell's gorgeous new book, Porsche 911: 50 Years, showcases the 911 as both sports machine and sculptural object. It surveys Porsche's own archives, featuring the design sketches, clay models, and engineering mules that led up to the 911's introduction, as well as its half-century evolution and subsequent racing successes.

Ultimately this is a brainy book for anyone who thinks he knows a thing about the Porsche 911. As the introduction states: 'What you read here may contradict what you know about Porsche 911 history. Some of this information was simply not available before now.'

See the gallery here.

MSN.com Features Rockin' Garages Slide Show

April 17, 2013
MSN.com has featured a slide show of images and profiles of some of the famous people and their cars featured in Rockin' Garages.

Rockin' Garages showcases top performers, their cars, and their garages. Authors Tom Cotter and Ken Gross profile each musician, revealing the story behind their moto-lust and what drives their car collecting. Each profile is complemented by Michael Alan Ross' top-notch photography. Rockin' Garages puts you behind the wheel with some of your favorite musicians.

The MSN slide show features Michael Anthony, Brad Whitford, Keith Urban, Jimmie Vaughan, Mick Fleetwood, J. Geils,  Billy Joel, Arlo Guthrie, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Brian Johnson.