Thanks to one of my readers, Charlie, for pointing out this article.
Arthur Frommer has confirmed he will begin printing the books and publishing e-books again. The article isn’t quite clear on the ultimate resolution here. In one place it states that Google is licensing TO Frommer’s and then later says it is licensing FROM Frommer’s.
Both could be true. Google could be licensing the name back to Arthur. They could also have given back everything in exchange for exclusive use of Frommer’s content online. I am at least a bit curious what the final structure looks like, though it’s unlikely it will become public.
As I said before, I’m more of a Fodor’s guy. I always felt like Frommer’s didn’t devote enough coverage to higher end restaurants and I felt like Fodor’s also did a better job covering family activities. But, in the continuing dialogue on whether Google will swallow the earth, this seems like a win for those people who still like to read a physical newspaper (yup, that’s me) and appreciate digesting their travel info at least partially in print.