QA INTERNATIONAL is the main division of Groupe Qu�bec Am�rique. Groupe Qu�bec Am�rique also owns two other divisions: �ditions Qu�bec Am�rique, a major French publishing house in Canada, and QA Digital, a leading supplier of digital illustrations with a portfolio of more than ten thousand high-quality, professional images. Groupe Qu�bec Am�rique is a privately owned company founded in 1974. The Fortin family is the sole owner of the company. Jacques Fortin is the founder and still acts as CEO.
QA INTERNATIONAL was founded in June 1989 to create, develop and produce editorial content built around state-of-the-art computer images for publication in print and electronic media throughout the world. Recognized as a pioneer for designing and producing publications entirely by computer, QA INTERNATIONAL has earned a solid reputation among publishers around the world. QA INTERNATIONAL is now a leading purveyor of digital imagery and is active on five continents.
Jacques Fortin, CEO and founder of Groupe Qu�bec Am�rique, decided in 1983 to assemble a team of terminologists and graphic artists around eminent linguist Jean-Claude Corbeil, in order to create a visual dictionary. In june 1986, after three years of research and hard work, the first black-and-white edition appeared under the title French-English Visual Dictionary. Exhibited at the 1986 Frankfurt Book Fair, this work caught the eye of foreign publishers. As a result, various multilingual editions were published in, among other languages, English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Danish, Finnish, Chinese, Hebrew and Indonesian. Over 800,000 copies of this initial monochromatic edition were sold in over 15 languages and a hundred countries.
The company then decided to computerize all aspects of the publication process, revise and expand the content of the dictionary, and completely redesign the illustrations. To perfect its computer process, the company published a 160-page full-color edition in 1989, aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 12. This was in fact the first full-color book produced entirely by computer. Like its predecessor, this work was published around the world in several languages, including French, Indonesian, Norwegian, Danish and Dutch. Over 300,000 copies were sold.
In 1989, the technology that made it possible to produce this dictionary was presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair, where it raised a great deal of interest among several major publishers. The management of Groupe Québec Amérique thus decided to create QA INTERNATIONAL and invest $3,000,000 to create and digitize over 4,000 high-definition images. At the same time, the editorial team began to update the terminology used in the book. It took three years to produce The Visual Dictionary, published in 1992 in English, French, Spanish, German and Danish. This challenge was brilliantly met by a dynamic and highly skilled team of professionals, who mastered the cutting-edge technology required to produce a practical and original reference tool. The judgment of the foreign press was unanimous: this work set a new standard for image quality.
In 1993, the US edition was reprinted twice and sold over 225,000 copies in less than a year. An additional 30,000 copies were sold in Germany and 12,000 more in Italy. But the biggest surprise came from Japan, where the initial print run was increased from 30,000 to 100,000 copies.
The Visual Dictionary, in its new full-color edition, was a worldwide success. It sold over 400,000 copies in its first year on the market, double the number of sales anticipated by QA INTERNATIONAL. During the next year, joint publication agreements were signed with Slovenian, Belgian and Russian publishers, and companies in many other countries expressed interest in signing similar agreements. The success was truly international.
Ten years after the publication of the color Visual Dictionary, QA International announced a new edition of the terminological reference book: The New Visual Dictionary, which was published in the fall of 2002. The result of much thought and several years' work, and integrating suggestions from users and experts, this completely new edition was produced by an experienced group of professionals directed by Jean-Claude Corbeil, renowned world expert in terminology. With more than 900 pages of text accompanied by stunning graphic illustrations, The New Visual Dictionary remains the ultimate language-learning and vocabulary dictionary.
To date, QA INTERNATIONAL has sold more than 8,000,000 copies of its visual dictionaries. Building on this experience and relying on its technical know-how, QA INTERNATIONAL continues to produce new works of equally exceptional quality.