Barnes & Noble suspends reissues of classics with new images

NEW YORK (AP) — The book world is facing another embarrassing moment over diversity. Barnes & Noble is withdrawing a planned line of famous literature reissued with multicultural cover images that has drawn widespread criticism on social media. “Diverse Editions,” a joint project between Barnes & Noble and Penguin Random House, featured 12 texts, including Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” The words are the same, but on the covers, major characters are depicted with dark-skinned illustrations. “Diverse Editions” was announced at a time when the publishing industry was already facing scrutiny over the novel “American Dirt.”