Thu, 04/04/2013 - 09:00
The travel guidebook brand Frommer's has been reacquired from Google by its founder, Arthur Frommer, according to reports, with Google licensing 'certain' content back to the publishing business so it can continue to publish guidebooks.
In a statement to the Associated Press,...
Tue, 19/03/2013 - 09:45
Travel guide publisher Lonely Planet is to be sold by BBC Worldwide to US-based media company NC2, following BBC Trust approval. BBC Worldwide has agreed the sale of the business, which it has owned 100% of since 2011, having paid £130m over two stages.
BBC Worldwide will receive AU$75m (£51.5m) for 100% of Lonely Planet...
Thu, 06/12/2012 - 12:07
BBC Worldwide may be looking to sell Lonely Planet, the Guardian has reported. The newspaper claims the the BBC's commercial arm could be looking for an outside investor or a potential sale of the travel publisher.
Fri, 23/11/2012 - 14:53
The travel industry has gone through a digital revolution. How would you define Lonely Planet’s digital strategy?
One fundamental thing for any business is that the whole company focuses on one single strategy and vision. When a business is under pressure sometimes that strategy can start to splinter, so it is...
Mon, 24/09/2012 - 14:43
Penguin is understood to have begun a review of its travel division, with staff informed today (24th September) of a 30-day consultation period with a number of roles under threat from redundancy.
The review will look at what is published and how it is published, with pressure from the rise of digital and a changing market understood...
Wed, 22/08/2012 - 08:22
Headline has acquired a second travel memoir by Ben Hatch, Road to Rouen, the follow-up to Are We Nearly There Yet?
Deputy publishing director Sarah Emsley bought world English rights in the book from Philip Patterson at Marjacq. Road to Rouen follows the Hatch family as they travel across the Channel and...
Wed, 15/08/2012 - 12:35
Lonely Planet’s books will now be represented by Faber Factory Plus in high street chains and independent bookstores, which the publisher hopes will help it to reach new accounts for the first time.
The partnership began on 1st August 2012 and will see Faber Factory Plus work with Lonely Planet’s team to “maximise in...
Tue, 14/08/2012 - 09:30
Google has bought the travel brand Frommer's from John Wiley & Son, in a move that sees the internet company bolster its content businesses. Google already owns the restaurant guide Zagat, and recently integrated its reviews into its Google + Local service.
Neither John Wiley nor Google has indicated what the latter paid for...
Tue, 24/07/2012 - 07:30
Websites and apps by non-traditional publishers are most useful for travellers, according to an investigation by Bowker.
The information company conducted a study of 1,500 people in the US and UK to determine how the digital transition has affected the travel guide buying habits of recreational travellers.
The study found that...
Mon, 23/07/2012 - 10:20
W H Smith is to rebrand all 11 of its Gatwick Airport shops as London News Company stores, giving them an upmarket look, at a cost estimated to approach £3m.
The UK-based books and stationery retailer has already rebranded one north terminal Gatwick store (pictured), featuring new internal fixtures and store design and a new...