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Garmin Pledges to Continue to Publish Iconic Maine Gazetteer

August 30, 2016 - Yarmouth-Garmin, the Swiss company that bought Yarmouth-based DeLorme in February, said Tuesday it will continue to publish its popular Atlas & Gazetteers in paper form.

The company said in a release that it will also “enhance” the products, although it offered no specifics beyond saying the atlases will be revised and updated and the company would make additional investments in “resources and cartography staff based in the Yarmouth facility.”

The question of the future of the atlases came up because Garmin is known for its wireless devices and technology in mapping and global positioning.

The Atlas & Gazeteers were the first products DeLorme offered when it was founded in 1976 and were known for their precision and inclusion of little-known roads and sites in rural areas of New England. Generations of Mainers kept a copy of the Maine edition in their cars to navigate back roads, find campgrounds, sand beaches, recreation areas, nature preserves, lighthouses and other scenic attractions long before the development of the Internet and GPS devices.

The company said the atlases will continue to be sold where they have been offered and no changes in distribution are planned. However, at the end of the year, online sales will move from delorme.com to garmin.com.

Staff Writer, Portland Press Herald, August 2016

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