Google to Buy Frommers
Google has agreed to purchase Frommers from John Wiley & Sons for an undisclosed sum. Frommers publishes information that is used by travelers both online and in printed books. Google hasn't decided whether or not it will continue to print Frommers' guide books, reports The Wall Street Journal. The deal, which is expected to close shortly, will help bolster Google's online review business in markets around the world. Google already owns Zagat.
Google Play Books Ka-Pows Its Way Into Comic Lovers' Hearts
Google is prepared to update the Play Books app in order to make it more compatible with comic books. The revised app chiefly makes changes to navigation, including a new landscape layout that scrolls up and down.
Google Play Books Turns On Recommendations Engine
Google today launched a new "Discover" tool within its Google Play Books app and service. Google says the tool is meant to help people find new books based on their interests and what's popular around the web.
Google Surfaces Library eBooks In Search
Google today made it possible for people to discover what ebooks are available from their local library directly in search results. Readers in the U.S.
Google Photos Debuts Suggested Sharing, Photo Books
Google today made it easier to share photos with others. The new suggested sharing tool relies on machine learning to recognize faces in photos and match them with known contacts.