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Frommer's

Frommer's
Founded 1957
Founder Arthur Frommer
Country of origin United States
Distribution Worldwide
Official website .com.frommerswww

Frommer's is a travel guidebook series founded by Arthur Frommer in 1957. Frommer's has expanded to include more than 350 guidebooks across 14 series, as well as other media including the website Frommers.com. In 2007, Frommer's celebrated its 50th anniversary of guidebook publishing.[1] Since May 2007, Arthur Frommer has been actively blogging about travel[2] on the Frommers.com website.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Guidebook series 2
  • In popular culture 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

In 1957, Arthur Frommer, a young corporal in the U.S. Army, wrote a travel guide for American GIs in Europe, and then produced a civilian version called Europe on $5 a Day.[3] The book ranked popular landmarks and sights in order of importance and included suggestions on how to travel around Europe on a budget. It was the first travel guide to show Americans that they could afford to travel in Europe. Arthur Frommer returned to the United States and began practicing law. During that time, he continued to write and also began to self-publish guidebooks to additional destinations, including New York, Mexico, Hawaii, Japan and the Caribbean. In 1977, Frommer’s trademark was sold to Simon & Schuster, Inc. Pearson bought the reference division of Simon & Schuster in 1998 and sold it to IDG Books in 1999. John Wiley & Sons acquired IDG Books (renamed Hungry Minds) in 2001. Arthur’s daughter, Pauline Frommer, is now writing her own series of travel guidebooks and continuing the Frommer’s travel legacy.[1][4]

On August 13, 2012, it was announced that Google will be acquiring Frommer's for an undisclosed sum of money, and will be merging operations with Google's Zagat business.[5]

On March 21, 2013, Google announced that all further print editions of Frommer's will no longer be manufactured. [6]

On April 4, 2013, it was announced that Frommer's brand has been sold back to Arthur Frommer.[7]

Guidebook series

More than 75 million books have been sold since Frommer’s inception in 1957. Over 350 titles are available in the following series:

  • Frommer’s Complete Guides
  • Frommer’s With Kids
  • Frommer’s Portable Guides
  • Frommer’s Irreverent Guides
  • Frommer’s Memorable Walks
  • Frommer’s PhraseFinder & Dictionaries
  • Frommer’s Driving Tours
  • Pauline Frommer’s Guides
  • The Unofficial Guides
  • For Dummies Travel Guides
  • Suzy Gershman’s Born to Shop Guides
  • Frommer’s National Park Guides
  • MTV Travel Guides

In popular culture

Frommer's guidebooks are represented in the 2004 comedy EuroTrip when one of the main characters, Jamie, uses it to guide a group of teenagers around Europe. Jamie later gets a job with Frommer's at the end of EuroTrip. In the opening scene of 2003's Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Cameron Diaz enters a Mongolian beer shack holding a Frommer's guidebook. A copy can also be seen near the beginning of the 2008 film Jumper. A Frommer's guidebook can be seen in the movie Last Stop for Paul.

References

Notes

  1. ^ a b Harpaz, Beth J. (2007-05-13). "Arthur Frommer guidebooks 50 years old".  
  2. ^ "Arthur Frommer Online". Retrieved 8 August 2009. 
  3. ^ Leo, Jen. "On the Spot: Arthur Frommer’s tips on finding cheap airfares".  
  4. ^ Jewish Women International: "Travel Tips from an Expert: Pauline Frommer" By Laurie Heifetz November 2011
  5. ^ "Google to Buy Frommer's Travel Brand" August 2012
  6. ^ "Google kills Frommer's print travel guides" March 2013
  7. ^ "'"Google 'sells Frommer's guides business back to founder. BBC News. 4 April 2013. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 

External links

  • Frommers.com – official site
  • Frommers.com/Podcast – travel podcasts
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