8 Responses

  1. Kerwin
    Kerwin at |

    It will be fine; I don’t think we have anything to worry about.
    Google is just buying its way into travel as opposed to starting from scratch.

  2. smitty06
    smitty06 at |

    Frommers was a great company that I loved to support. I dont have the same confidence in Google that they will provide the travel info I have come to rely on.

  3. RakSiam
    RakSiam at |

    I think they are basically buying content, right? They’ve got their flight search thing that they are trying to push. This gives them guide info to go along with it. And something to sell to all the tablet users. I just got a Nexus 7 tablet for example. Seems like a perfect platform for travel guides.

  4. Rapid Travel Chai
    Rapid Travel Chai at |

    I hope they do not bumble around like the BBC has done with Lonely Planet. Frommer’s guides are not my first choice but are ok for US states where few other guides provide detailed coverage.

  5. NB
    NB at |

    In my view Frommers – and Fodors for the same reason – are hopelessly out of date. They mix extensive hotel data with limited destination data, of a very generic type.

    Nowadays, people generally reserve their accommodation before they travel and therefore don’t need to lug a book full of hotel recommendations around with them while they are at the destination. But there is still good scope for excellent destination guides, where the book format works well and data roaming is a big issue. But Frommers is not that sort of book.

  6. Brian
    Brian at |

    The Yahoo!’ifying of Google continues…

    Digital convergence never works. In the case of Google, search will become more and more defined by the needs of its other properties, not on the best results for the end user.

  7. Michael W Travels
    Michael W Travels at |

    On longer trips we still like having a guidebook to mark up and go through. I’ve downloaded free city guides from various travel book companies and I don’t find them easy to use.

    On that note I still find Lonely Planet to be the best of what’s out there.

  8. theblakefish
    theblakefish at |

    I used to work for John Wiley & Sons (former owner of Frommer’s) and they really have let that brand languish …they weren’t updating important guides on a timely basis anymore.