October 7, 2015

No More: The Days of Printed Frommer’s Travel Guidebooks Appear to Be Over

According to a report on Skift (a travel industry news site) Google has stopped printing Frommer’s guidebooks.


Yes, they acquired Frommer’s last August.

From Skift:

Google has ceased production and publication of printed guidebooks bearing the Frommer’s brand name, Skift has learned.

The last two Frommer’s books to roll off the presses were guides in the all-color Day-by-Day series devoted to Napa and Sonoma and Banff and the Rockies, and went on sale in early February. The last book in the traditional complete guide series was Frommer’s Florida in late December.

Starting with Frommer’s New York City With Kidswhich can still be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and in other bookstore inventories and was supposed to publish on February 19, the entire future list of Frommer’s titles will not see the light of day. Many of the authors attached to these 29 titles told Skift that they were informed by editors now working at Google that the books would not publish. Some authors were told that the books would merely be delayed before new contracts were signed. None of the authors contacted reported that their titles would appear in print.

The article does point out that the other travel books Google acquired last year (Unofficial Guide series from Wiley and the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World) will continue both in print and as ebooks.

Read the Complete Report from Skift

Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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