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Friday News: new Dropbox services, Cambridge cancels “Gone With The Wind” ball, 10 African American female firsts, and a new study on US library and technology use

Friday News: new Dropbox services, Cambridge cancels “Gone With The Wind”...

Dropbox will let you switch between work and personal accounts next month – As Dropbox continues to focus on building its Dropbox for Business service, it is also expanding options for users, including the ability to manage both personal and professional Dropbox accounts without having to log in again. This feature, as well as others, will “drop” on April 9th. Analysts anticipate that Dropbox is preparing to file for its own IPO, especially since its biggest rival, Box, has allegedly just done so. Dropbox is currently used by 200 million people.

Meanwhile, the price of online storage is falling steadily toward zero. This week, Google slashed the price of storage on Google Drive, dropping the price for storing 1 terabyte of data from $49.99 a month to $9.99 a month. Dropbox consumer storage tops out at 500 gigabytes for $49.99 a month. Company founder Drew Houston has said in the past that users care more about having a service that works than how many gigabytes they are using, but that could change as Dropbox’s rivals continue offering more space for less money –The Verge

Cambridge college cancels ‘racist’ Gone with the Wind themed ball – The piece I recently linked to on the Great American novel, and the discussion that ensued in the comments, made this story particularly relevant. Students were basing the party on the film and not on the novel, but in response to student complaints (a student is quoted in the story), the event was canceled. In an ironic twist:

The row comes only a week after students at Cambridge and Oxford University launched a photo campaign to highlight their experiences of racial discrimination at the university. –The Guardian

10 African American Female Firsts – So in honor of Women’s History Month, I’ve been collecting links on notable women and notable accomplishments by women, and given the previous story, this seems particularly appropriate. The list includes Madame CJ Walker, the first American woman to earn million dollars from her own business, and Bessie Coleman, the first American (man or woman) to get an international pilot’s license, among others you may or may not be aware of (all of whom provide great inspiration for Romance heroines). –Kuriositas

Turns out most engaged library users are also biggest tech users – There are a lot of interesting things about this story, and about the Pew study on which it reports. For example, more than two-thirds of Americans are “actively engaged” with their public libraries. This finding also correlates positively with general community engagement (not a surprise), and with technology use (perhaps more of a surprise). What’s particularly interesting are the results related to so-called “information overload,” which is not a concern for most people (less than 20 percent), and those who do report this feeling are less engaged with both technology and libraries.

“A key theme in these survey findings is that many people see acquiring information as a highly social process in which trusted helpers matter,” Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and a main author of the report said. “One of the main resources that people tap when they have questions is the networks of expertise. Even some of the most self-sufficient information consumers in our sample find that libraries and librarians can be part of their networks when they have problems to solve or decisions to make.” –PBS Newshour

Daily Deals: New Adult soap operas, a Bronte retelling, and a cage fighter all on sale

Daily Deals: New Adult soap operas, a Bronte retelling, and a...

Past Imperfect by Alison G. BaileyPast Imperfect by Alison G. Bailey. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

n Present Perfect, Brad Johnson was sexy, cocky, rich and a complete Smurff**ker. He could afford anything he wanted and could charm any girl he set his eyes on. Everything was laid out in front of him, all for the taking except the one thing he craved and needed. A tragic event forces him to reevaluate his life. When he tries to change, will the people in his life let him move on from his past or will they constantly hold him to the life altering mistakes he’s made?
Mabry Darnell is intelligent, ambitious, beautiful, and sassy. Secrets from her past haunt the present causing her to question her actions in order to shield her heart and protect her life.

From the moment Brad and Mabry met, their connection was strong, intense, and electrifying. Both knew they had found the one person who could satisfy what the other ached for. When their pasts collide with their present, will it prevent them from having a future together or will love be strong enough to conquer their demons?

* 10% of sales will be donated to the Keith Milano Memorial Fund

Book 1 was written in a compelling voice but had a really irritating heroine so I didn’t jump on the second book in the series (featuring different characters) but at 99c I really cannot resist.

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A Breath of Eyre (Unbound)  by Eve Marie MontA Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

In this stunning, imaginative novel, Eve Marie Mont transports her modern-day heroine into the life of Jane Eyre to create a mesmerizing story of love, longing, and finding your place in the world. . .

Emma Townsend has always believed in stories—the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates. Perhaps it’s because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep school, or because her stepmother doesn’t come close to filling the void left by her mother’s death. And her only romantic prospect—apart from a crush on her English teacher—is Gray Newman, a long-time friend who just adds to Emma’s confusion. But escape soon arrives in an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre. . .

Reading of Jane’s isolation sparks a deep sense of kinship. Then fate takes things a leap further when a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Jane’s body and her nineteenth-century world. As governess at Thornfield, Emma has a sense of belonging she’s never known—and an attraction to the brooding Mr. Rochester. Now, moving between her two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane’s story, or in the unwritten chapters of her own. . .

DA_January wrote a C review for Dear Author.

Despite my nitpicks, I did feel like the characters were layered and nuanced. I liked that Emma was not perfect and that you tried something different with this story. Even if it didn’t work all the time, you pulled everything together at the end and tied it up neatly. There’s even a sweet HEA for Emma that doesn’t involve her teacher, for which I am utterly thankful. It ends on a hopeful note and Emma, who had previously been meek and mild and frightened, has turned into a strong, empowered character. I really enjoyed that storyline. Actually, I would have enjoyed the entire book a lot more if it hadn’t been for all that time travel plot, which sounds strange to say.

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Fighting for Flight (The Fighting Series)  by JB SalsburyFighting for Flight by JB Salsbury. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

What happens when in order to win, you’re forced to lose?

The only daughter of an infamous Las Vegas pimp, Raven Morretti grew up an outsider. Liberated from the neglectful home of her prostitute mother, she finds solace as a mechanic. With few friends, she’s content with the simple life.Flying under the radar is all she knows and more than she expects.

Until she catches the eye of local celebrity, UFL playboy, Jonah Slade.

Weeks away from his title fight, Jonah is determined to stay focused on everything he’s trained so hard to achieve. Undefeated in the octagon, he’s at the height of his career. But resisting Raven’s effortless allure and uncomplicated nature is a fight he can’t win.

Jonah trades in his bad-boy reputation and puts his heart on the line. But when her father contacts her, setting in motion the ugly truth of her destiny, Jonah must choose. In a high-stakes gamble where love and freedom hang in the balance, a war is waged where the price of losing is a fate worse than death.

Will the hotheaded Jonah be able to restrain his inner fighter to save the woman he loves?

Or will Raven be forced into a life she’s been desperate to avoid?

I bought this book a while back. I can’t remember if it was a 99c sale or based on a reader recommendation. I’ve never finished it but not necessarily because it was bad but rather I wasn’t in the mood.

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While It Lasts (Sea Breeze)  by Abbi GlinesWhile It Lasts by Abbi Glines. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Cage brings his playboy prowess to the countryside as the Sea Breeze hookups continue, from self-published phenomenon Abbi Glines.

Low broke Cage’s heart by getting with Marcus in Because of Low. Cage went into a tailspin that ended in a DUI. In order to salvage his baseball scholarship—the one thing he truly valued besides Low—Cage must take a summer job. At a farm. Away from Sea Breeze. With lots of cows, but no hot girls. Maybe that’s what Cage needs to get back on track.

But wait—there’s that hostile daughter of the farm boss. She’s pretty and occasionally sweet, and there seems to be a lot of sadness and mystery behind her anger. Cage is dying to strip her down—physically and mentally—in the back of the barn. But is he prepared for what will happen afterward?

Glines has a loyal fanbase but I haven’t been able to find one of her stories that appeal to me. Maybe the appeal is the over the top soap operatic storylines that keeps readers coming back? I don’t know. I do think it’s interesting that this Simon & Schuster published book still uses the hook of self publishing in the promotional materials.

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