According to an Associated Press report that was filed less than three hours ago today, the travel publishing pioneer Arthur Frommer “said Wednesday that he has reacquired rights to his travel guidebook brand from Google, and that he intends to resume publishing Frommer guidebooks.”
Back on the 22nd of March, we reported on the news that Google had decided to cease publishing all print editions of the Frommer’s travel guidebooks, which it had acquired just seven months earlier from Wiley, the previous owner of the brand.
Now, it appears as if Arthur Frommer himself—a true trailblazer in the travel guidebook industry—has somehow managed to reacquire the rights to the brand he founded in 1957, and then subsequently sold to Simon & Schuster in 1977.
From the AP article:
Google [has] refused comment … but Arthur Frommer confirmed in a phone call from his home Wednesday night that he had reacquired rights to the brand. “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.”