Bloomsbury is changing the Magic Under Glass cover!
You can read the press release here
But I copied and pasted it here as well
Bloomsbury is ceasing to supply copies of the US edition of Magic Under Glass. The jacket design has caused offense and we apologize for our mistake. Copies of the book with a new jacket design will be available shortly.
Yes, Yes, Yes! Huge, huge THANK YOUs and hugs to everyone who commented, wrote letters/emails, Tweeted about this and wrote blog posts and signed the petition and joined challenges and just all around rocked my socks :) You guys are the greatest and I will be one of the first in line to buy this book with a person of color on the cover (I will be annoyed if they get rid of having a person on the cover all together). ETA: Read about the cover here, there will be a poc on the cover! Whoo hoo!!!!! It's going to be gorgeous I can feel it and very different. A historical fantasy book with a POC :D
And for the record, no I was not contacted by Bloomsbury but who cares as long as they are changing the cover! Although, I'm irritated that they haven't admitted as to why what they did is offense and WRONG.
Is this the end? No. This can never happen again, the whitewashing on covers. Not on my watch. I'm currently looking into the The Mysterious Benedict Society series whitewashed covers, as pointed out by Bookshelves of Doom. And we still need more books being published and reviewed about people of color, but one step at a time. And this is a BIG step, since it proves once again the power of thousands of voices uniting as one and being heard and the power of bloggers. Thank you all for refusing to be silenced and realizing why this is so important.
Please still sign this petition telling all publishing companies that you will buy a book with a poc, GLBT or overweight teen on the cover (currently at 304 signatures, keep 'em coming!). Also commit to reading and reviewing books about POC, write a blog post or better yet to help you get started, join the POC Reading Challenge.
Read Jaclyn Dolamore's thoughts on the cover issue (before she knew it was being redesigned I think) here
Oh and I'm thinking to celebrate the changed cover and the 200 followers I'm going to offer a copy of Magic Under Glass once it's redesigned. Amongst other things :)
PS Thanks for all the GLBT recommendations! I'll reply ASAP and I have read Ash and Down to the Bone.