The rights to Frommer’s guidebooks are back in the hands of their creator, according to a statement by the brand’s founder Arthur Frommer on Wednesday.
The travel guru reacquired rights to his guidebooks from Google, who acquired the brand from the Wiley publishing company last summer. The shift may have been sparked by reports that Google was planning to stop publishing Frommer’s books. No one is certain why the company considered shutting down the enterprise so soon after it bought the rights.
With the transition, Frommer's has a more certain future.
"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."
The Frommer enterprise began in 1957 when Frommer self-published a book called Europe on 5 Dollars a Day, an expanded version of a travel guide he wrote for American soldigers in Europe. The book became an immediate best seller and it launched the company that now produces one of the world’s most recognized travel brands.