W. W. Norton & Company to Distribute the Books of Abbeville Press
Thursday January 23, 2020

W. W. Norton & Company to Distribute the Books of Abbeville Press

New York, NY, January 23, 2020—W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. is pleased to announce that Abbeville Press, Inc., the respected independent publisher of fine art and illustrated books based in New York City, will become a distribution client in North America beginning July 1, 2020. Norton will handle sales of Abbeville’s distinguished list to wholesale, retail, and library accounts, both brick-and-mortar and online, as well as to special sales venues.

Remarked Norton president Julia Reidhead, “Like Norton, Abbeville prides itself on being an independent publisher of distinctive, high quality books; we are thrilled to welcome them to our Affiliate group.”

“Norton’s independence, their commitment to publishing books of the highest quality, and their close relationship with their affiliate publishers—all these things make Norton an ideal fit for us,” said Robert E. Abrams, Abbeville’s owner and president.

“We are delighted to begin our relationship with Norton in time for our exciting Fall 2020 list,” commented David Fabricant, Abbeville’s publisher, pointing in particular to a new history of watercolor painting that promises to be the most comprehensive ever published. “We look forward to working with Norton’s team to put these important books in the hands of readers.”

Abbeville was previously distributed by Two Rivers (an Ingram brand). “We are grateful to Two Rivers and the many talented people there,” noted Abrams.

Founded by Harry N. Abrams and Robert E. Abrams in 1977, Abbeville Press currently publishes approximately two dozen frontlist titles per year. Recent releases include a new edition of Norman Rockwell’s autobiography, My Adventures as an Illustrator; the catalog of the

exhibition Auschwitz: Not Long Ago. Not Far Away.; and a new survey of Pre-Raphaelite art by Aurélie Petiot. Abbeville’s active backlist of more than three hundred titles includes Naomi Rosenblum’s World History of Photography; Ancient Trees and other photo books by Beth Moon; an edition of Audubon’s Birds of America authorized by the National Audubon Society; and the Tiny Folio series of miniature art books. Abbeville also publishes The Expectant Father, the best-selling guide for dads-to-be, and select nonfiction books for children, including Flip-o-saurus, the World Soccer Legends series, and the How Artists See series.

W. W. Norton & Company is the nation’s largest independent, employee-owned book publishing house. Founded by William Warder Norton and Mary Dows Herter Norton in 1923, the firm now publishes approximately 450 books annually in its combined divisions and continues to adhere to its original motto, “Books that Live,” striving to publish works of enduring distinction in the areas of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and textbooks.