Google buys Frommers

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    Interesting, I thought the same!:confused:
     
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    Totally agree.
     
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    Is Google getting too powerful? Obviously they thrive on information / reviews / content, that's what they need to survive these days, but seriously isn't it a little bit odd that a relatively new economy company buys up trusted " old world " companies to compete and survive well into the long-term future? Here, at least for me, trust gets skewed and the seeds are laid to look harder for Google to innovate, I always thought it's their business to offer " new " things to the world, no?

    The first thing I thought after reading this earlier was, " can Zagat and Frommers still be trusted? I'm aren't that sure anymore.:confused:

    PS....these news came on the same day as Google announced to lay-off 4000 employees at Motorola Mobility.:(

    Of course, we now can expect " high-end Motorola cell phones with Frommers / Zagat content in the future, of course these contents aren't free either ".....?!?:confused:
     
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    Ditto +1 here!
     
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    Google is becoming the funnel for an awful lot of the information we use daily. And in a lot of cases we probably aren't even aware of it. Not a good thing in my book.
     
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    Well, as a Frommer's author, I can assure you that, for the moment, you can still trust what I write. None of it is crowd sourced, all of it is heavily researched and fact checked, I live and travel extensively in the destinations I write about. This is fresh news, and no I've been in contact knows yet how it will shake out. I did see one report with a quote to the effect that there were plans to "Zagat-ize" Frommer's. If that's the case, all bets are off...
     
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    Thx for adding your insights. Let us know how things develop.
     
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    Yep, the elimination of the "book"

    Seems like Travel Guides are rapidly becoming extinct because of the Information Age. Many of my customers are upset that most travel guidebooks don't seem to be updated every two to three weeks. However, they do not understand print publishing.

    With the various discussions on the web about "pay for play" at TripAdvisor, or certain Hotels and Hotel Chains, sometimes the best information is truly available in a 5 to 6 year old Travel Guidebook.
     
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    The trick for the new market is in finding the middle ground: High-quality, reasonably-well updated information that doesn't rely exclusively on crowd-sourced reviews, which are subject to shenanigans.
     
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    Amen.
     
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    But as I was reading on another site, he now has to find a new publisher. I am sure that will happen quickly. The Guides have a great following and will be a money maker for the new publisher.
     
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