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Google to purchase Frommer's, wants to boost its travel and local search

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Google to purchase Frommer's, wants to boost its travel and local search
For those of you who don’t travel (and haven’t watched Eurotrip) Frommer’s travel guides are popular books that let people plan what they want to do on a trip. Notably, they include lots of reviews and information about hotels, as well as popular tourist destinations. That’s the sort of information that has long been expected in printed travel guides, but can sometimes be a bit thin when using mobile apps. Presumably that’s why Google is moving to purchase Frommer’s from its publisher, John Wiley & Sons.

The purchase is being reported by the Wall Street Journal, and it apparently has not closed yet, but is expected to be finished “shortly”. A representative from the publisher also confirmed the upcoming sale. We expect that this carefully curated information will be integrated with user-generated recommendations from Zagat, which Google bought last fall.

Outside of improving travel searches and local Google Now-style recommendations, this would also give Google a lot of original content for its knowledge graph. Right now much of that information comes from Wikipedia, but Google would probably prefer to have its own sources of information, especially about things that can be monetized (as reviews for hotels, restaurants, and tourists traps easily can be).

At this time it’s not clear whether Google will swallow up the Frommer’s brand entirely, if it will exist but only in a digital incarnation, or if Google will continue printing the travel guides on the pulped remains of dead trees, but we’ll be sure to update this if an official statement becomes available.

source: WSJ via The Verge

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posted on 13 Aug 2012, 13:15

1. Santi_Santi (unregistered)


posted on 13 Aug 2012, 13:20 1

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

The battle between Google and Apple continues.... Apple partners with Yelp; Google buys Zagat and now Frommers.

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 14:19 5

3. Santi_Santi (unregistered)

the only difference is that Google knows how to choose partners...

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 23:59

8. joey_sfb (Posts: 6541; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Plus Google don keep service exclusive to Android, they share it with all available platforms. Which is good.

All the apps and service Apple bought over are now an iOS exclusive.

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 15:18 2

4. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

lol as soon as i saw fromers in the title i thought of eurotrip. what a funny movie

and in other news.... you made out with your sister! lol

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 15:19

5. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

But didn't Apple ban local search?
ahahahaha get it I made a funny

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 16:11

6. matrix_neo (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

Android users will be the first to benefit from this acquisition. Google now will expand it's horizon, improve it's search results, and another threat to Apple's siri. This is good for travel enthusiast and businessmen as well, no need to rely on their laptops, if they have android smartphone or tablet, they can obtain first hand information. A lot of people hates google but they never take into consideration google has already made an impact in their lives. Google search is widely used search engine, and mostly the first web page when they opened their browsers.

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 17:08

7. aokde (Posts: 186; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)

woah Google is taking over the world. AWESOME :D!!! keep up the good services coming.

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