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Arthur Frommer says he will publish travel books again

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(Read caption) Arthur Frommer (r.) announced that he has reacquired the rights to his travel books. His daughter Pauline (l.) has also written guides.

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The Frommer travel guidebooks will be published again by founder Arthur Frommer after being acquired, then shut down, by Google.

The Frommer’s books were originally published by Simon & Schuster before switching over to publisher Wiley & Sons. The franchise was then bought by Google this past summer, but it was reported last month that Google would no longer be publishing print versions of the guidebooks. 

Now Frommer has the rights to the brand back from Google and said he will be releasing the books in print editions and e-books and will be running the website.

“It's a very happy time for me,” Frommer told the Associated Press.

Google told the AP via e-mail that the deal had gone through but that some travel information it had gotten through Frommer’s would remain in areas of the company like Google Plus.

According to the travel website Skift, Google decided not to publish more than 20 titles that were to go out under the Frommer’s name. Authors were told by Google editors that their books would not be released as planned. In September, soon after their acquisition, Google had taken the bookstore component off the Frommer’s website. 

An unnamed Google representative told CNET that they wanted to provide Google users with practical travel tips.


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