Robert E. Abrams, President and Publisher of the Abbeville Publishing Group has announced that as of July 1, Client Distribution Services (CDS) will have primary responsibility for all aspects of sales, fulfillment, and distribution of its titles in the d
"After CDS presented their full service program to me, I was convinced that they were the right alliance for our future. Although we have remained totally independent for 23 years, I have delegated for the first time in our history, primary responsibility for our sales and distribution to them. I am greatly impressed with the CDS team, all of whom are seasoned professionals with extensive experience in high-level positions in major publishing houses," commented Abrams. Abbeville was originally founded in 1977 and has built a reputation as one of the foremost publishers worldwide. "The collaboration with CDS will strengthen Abbeville in two ways. We will be able to devote more time to being creative and innovative publishers and we will have the confidence that our sales and back end operations will be in CDS' extremely capable hands."

Gilbert Perlman, President of CDS added, "We feel honored to have been selected by a distinguished company such as the Abbeville Publishing Group and we are sure that the alliance will benefit all concerned. We are delighted to be able to provide these services for Bob Abrams and his staff from which they will continue to thrive due to the freedom and opportunities our new alliance will present for them."

Steve Black, Sr. Vice President, Sales & Marketing, said, "We could not be more pleased to be handling worldwide sales for Abbeville - a publishing brand that is recognized and respected all over the globe. As CDS develops relationships with new clients, it is important to assess what is needed by both parties. In the case of Abbeville, we see a perfect match. We have been given the opportunity to represent one of the greatest imprints in the industry, while Abbeville will benefit in the national and international marketplace via our experience, our excellent facilities, and our superior staff."

Abbeville Publishing Group which was founded in 1977 by Harry Abrams and Robert Abrams, publishes and distributes fine quality illustrated books in a wide range of areas such as art, art history, architecture, the decorative arts, travel, photography, gardening, fashion, cooking and entertaining, interior design, music and film. Abbeville Press also has a growing children's list, including an ongoing series, How Artists See, which are books designed to "demystify" art for children and adults by linking it firmly to human experience and perception, as well as storybooks published in partnership with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, and the phenomenally popular Felix Letters series. Abbeville is also the publisher of Small Worlds, a series of critically acclaimed novels and the best-selling New Father series by Armin Brott. In addition, Abbeville publishes an extensive gift line including blank books, postcard books, note cards, and address books.

Abbeville is the United States distributor for several high-quality prestigious European publishers: Paris-based Flammarion which publishes illustrated art, photography, and lifestyle books; Skira, based in Italy, is renowned for its superb illustrated books on art, architecture, and design; Edition Stemmle is a Zurich-based house that publishes largely photography books; TCI (Touring Club of Italy) publishes fine cultural guides to Italy; and Van der Meer, based in the Netherlands, is known as the pioneer of paper engineering and pop-up books for children and adults.

CDS was a division of Random House, Inc. until 1999, when it was established as a stand-alone company. It offers the highest quality marketing and distribution services for publishers of all sizes including sales, warehousing, fulfillment of orders, and collections. By retaining the majority of its sales, business and warehouse executives from its tenure at Random House, Inc., CDS provides the continuity of a highly experienced team that has closely tracked and reacted to the changes taking place in the publishing industry over the last two decades. Among the roster of current CDS clients are Harvard Business School Press, Taschen America,, QVC, and Hearst Books.