Google quietly pulls plug on Frommerís - 03/21/13 09:35 PM
The first edition of "Europe on $5 a Day" alongside "Frommer's Belize," which is the last title in the series that has a cover image on Amazon.com.
Google has ceased production and publication of printed guidebooks bearing the Frommerís brand name, Skift has learned.
The last two Frommerís 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 Frommerís Florida in late December.
Starting with Frommerís New York City With Kids, which 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 Frommerís 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.
Google purchased Frommerís Travel and Unofficial Guides from Wiley in August 2012 for $22 million. The search giant would not comment on the present or future of the travel brand name, print series, or digital assets.