Arthur Frommer, the travel icon who 57 years ago inspired a generation of cost-conscious Americans to pack their bags with Europe on 5 Dollars a Day, is taking back control of his travel guidebook brand from Google and intends to resume publishing Frommer guidebooks.
“It’s a very happy time for me,” Frommer, 83, told The Associated Press. “We will be publishing the Frommer travel guides in ebook and print formats and will also be operating the travel site Frommers.com.”
Skift.com reported last month that Google – which had purchased the Frommer brand from Wiley last year for a reported $22 million – was “quietly pulling the plug” on print publication of Frommer travel guides.
Financial terms of the deal between Frommer and Google, which is using Frommer’s content on Google Plus Local and other services, were not disclosed.
The move comes during a turbulent time for the print guidebook industry, which is facing stiff competition from such user-generated alternatives as TripAdvisor and Yelp. Last month, BBC Worldwide agreed to sell Lonely Planet to a Nashville-based digital media company for less than half what it paid for the company in 2007.