Quarto consolidates distribution

Illustrated book publisher Quarto has entered into new distribution agreements with Hachette in both the UK and US. From 1st July, all order processing, customer service and credit control for Quarto businesses Quayside Publishing Group, QED and Rotovision will be provided by Littlehampton Book Services Ltd, a subsidiary of Hachette UK. From September, Quarto's UK publishing, previously provided by three separate distributors, will be consolidated with Littlehampton Book Services.

Quayside Publishing Group has also entered into similar arrangements with Hachette Book Group in the US and Canada, which will come into effect on 1st January 2014.

Marcus Leaver, c.e.o. of Quarto and acting m.d. of Aurum Publishing Group said: "This agreement is a further step in consolidating distribution arrangements for our publishing business worldwide, allowing us to focus our efforts on making and selling more books."

Matt Wright, m.d. of Hachette UK distribution said: "I am extremely pleased that Littlehampton Book Services was successful in renewing its partnership with Quarto in the UK. We have worked closely and productively in partnership with valued clients Aurum and Francis Lincoln for many years and are delighted to now bring the whole Quarto Group, including Quayside, into our market-leading book distribution operations."