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February 6, 2020 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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B&N Stumbles With Plan for 'Diverse' Covers of Classic Titles

Barnes & Noble announced, and then quickly unannounced, that in honor of Black History Month, it partnered with Penguin Random House to release a “collection of classic books with new culturally diverse covers” at its Fifth Avenue, New York, location. The 12 titles in the collection—including Moby Dick, The Secret Garden, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Treasure Island, and Frankenstein—have covers that are “designed to ensure the recognition, representation, and inclusion of various multiethnic backgrounds reflected across the country. [They] are a part of a new initiative to champion diversity in literature.”

The backlash explaining why this is a terrible idea was swift and pointed, and led Barnes & Noble to “suspend the initiative,” effective immediately. Click on each tweet below to see more about the feedback Barnes & Noble has been getting.

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