Google Kills Print Editions of Frommer's Guides: Report

Website Skift says no more will be published
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2013 4:10 PM CDT
Google Kills Print Editions of Frommer's Guides: Report
This undated book cover image shows the cover of Frommer’s Hawaii Day by Day.   (AP Photo/Wiley)

Travelers hoping to pick up an updated Frommer's book before their next vacation appear to be out of luck: Travel site Skift reports that owner Google has killed the print versions of the trusty guides. Google bought Frommer's only five months ago from publisher John Wiley & Sons, and the last guides under the Frommer's name went on sale in February. Frommer's New York City With Kids was supposed to be next in the rotation, but it and all other titles won't come out, says Skift. Google has not not confirmed the report.

"Print guidebooks don't exactly gel with Google's web and mobile priorities, so this outcome isn't exactly surprising," writes Carl Franzen at the Verge. "But it is curious given that Google was offering discounts on print editions of another destination guide company it purchased, Zagat, as late as the end of last year." (Read more Frommer's stories.)

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