Amazon Web Services Announces Amazon WorkMail
Title: Amazon Web Services Announces Amazon WorkMail


New email and calendaring service delivers unmatched security controls and built-in support for Microsoft Outlook and mobile email clients - all with the trusted reliability and performance of the AWS Cloud

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Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an company (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced Amazon WorkMail, a secure, managed business email and calendaring service in the cloud. Amazon WorkMail enables users to send and receive email, manage contacts, share calendars, and book resources using the same email applications they use today (Microsoft Outlook, their Web browser, or their native iOS and Android email applications) without buying and managing hardware or licensing expensive and complex email server software. Amazon WorkMail integrates with existing corporate directories, and has the security features enterprises need to control and protect their data. In short order, customers can quickly begin provisioning Amazon WorkMail accounts, and pay only for the mailboxes they create with simple, monthly pricing. For more information about Amazon WorkMail, visit:

Today, businesses face a difficult choice when it comes to email. Hosting email on-premises requires expensive hardware, complex software licensing, and ongoing maintenance work. Existing cloud email services may help with some of these problems, but they either don't offer the security features businesses require (like strong encryption key management and full control over data location), don't integrate with existing corporate directories, or don't support popular Microsoft Outlook features like shared calendaring. Now, Amazon WorkMail delivers the simplicity and on-demand access of a managed cloud service that works with popular email clients and also has the security controls enterprises need. Amazon WorkMail eliminates the need for customers to purchase and license email servers and handle the ongoing patching, back-up, and upgrades involved in maintaining these systems. It is fully compatible with Microsoft Outlook, and customers can quickly integrate Amazon WorkMail with their existing corporate directory, choose encryption keys, select the location where they want their data to reside, and pay only for the mailboxes they create.

"Customers have repeatedly asked us for a business email and calendaring service that is more cost-effective and simpler to manage than their on-premises solution, more secure than the cloud-based offerings available today, and that is backed by the same best-in-class infrastructure platform on which they're reliably running so many of their current (and future) workloads," said Peter De Santis, Vice President, AWS Compute Services. "We built Amazon WorkMail to address these requests and to help businesses achieve agility and cost savings by letting AWS manage the non-differentiated heavy lifting involved in corporate email and calendaring."

Amazon WorkMail delivers the following benefits to IT administrators:

  • Reduced complexity and cost: With Amazon WorkMail, there is no need to buy servers, manage complicated software and the associated licenses, or deal with upgrades, patches, and back-up systems. Customers simply pay for the mailboxes they create.
  • Security and privacy controls: Unlike other cloud-based email services, Amazon WorkMail allows customers to retain full control over the location of their data by choosing the AWS Region where their data is stored. All data in transit is encrypted using industry-standard SSL, and Amazon WorkMail is integrated with the AWS Key Management Service so that customers control their own encryption keys. Amazon WorkMail enforces security policies that businesses specify for users' mobile devices via the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync protocol. Businesses can require device encryption, require that devices lock, specify requirements for device password strength, and wipe devices remotely using the AWS Management Console.
  • Corporate directory integration: Administrators can integrate Amazon WorkMail with their existing Microsoft Active Directory so that users can access their mailboxes with their existing corporate credentials. Amazon WorkMail includes a migration tool that administrators can use to migrate mailboxes from on-premises email servers to Amazon WorkMail. After migration, users' Microsoft Outlook and mobile email clients can automatically connect to Amazon WorkMail using Microsoft Outlook's Autodiscover feature.

Amazon WorkMail delivers the following benefits to users:

  • Microsoft Active Directory compatibility: Microsoft Outlook users sign into Amazon WorkMail through their Microsoft Outlook email client using their existing corporate credentials.
  • Access from any device: For desktop users, Amazon WorkMail works with Microsoft Outlook or can be accessed through a feature-rich Web client on the most popular browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Additionally, Amazon WorkMail works with any mobile device that supports the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync protocol, including iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Fire Phone, Android, and Windows Phone.
  • Integration with Amazon WorkDocs (formerly Amazon Zocalo): Users of the Amazon WorkMail Web client can share and collaborate on documents using Amazon WorkDocs from within Amazon WorkMail.

Book Review: How I Write - Secrets of a Bestselling Author

By Linda Hancock 

February 2015

Janet Evanovick has not only written several books but has made a career out of writing. She and Ina Yalof have taken the questions that have most often been asked by her readers and compiled them into this manual that offers its readers an up-close view of how she has done this.

Eight chapters are used to divide the book into topics. The first focuses on creating characters for books and includes giving them names and doing research so they are credible.

The chapter called "Nuts and Bolts" teaches how to put these characters into context by developing plots with language, settings and other factors that match the way that the characters think and behave.

Structure involves setting up the story so that it makes sense but also intrigues the reader as well as working on series.

Revising and Editing can be tedious so the authors recommend that checklists and involving others help with the task.

Getting published requires skills and persistence. Janet goes into details about this part of the process and warns about the consequences of not doing it properly.

Bits and Pieces offers encouragement and advice for those who truly want to be successful as a published writer.

The reference section of the book suggests resources and organizations as well as sample letters and techniques that can be used to reach a writer's goals.

Besides covering the questions that the author has answered, there are extra nuggets of wisdom from her daughter, Alex, who works full-time with her mother and the co-author as well.

Perhaps you are not interested in learning how to write but are just interested in learning more about the author of some of your favourite books. If that is the case, you can read the book and feel even closer to Janet Evanovich because she offers clarity into how she functions in her career on a daily basis.

Because I have authored books and am interested not only in the process but also in the Stephanie Plum series, I found this book to be interesting and helpful.

After reading this book, you will likely be able to strengthen your writing, learn new ways to capture the attention of publishers and be sparked to think in a different way about what and how you write.

Interesting that Janet has such a wide range of talents. She not only has created romantic novels and a large mystery series but now has shared with us how she has actually done that in the form of a technical manual. The uniqueness involves the fact that she has added humour and transparency that might not be expected in a how-to book. She also holds one's attention with graphics, different fonts, shading and charts.

The book ends with autobiographies of the three women who have contributed to the book.

Even the sub-title to "How I Write" captures the reader's imagination as it is "Secrets of a Bestselling Author" - the goal of so many who just don't know how to get there.

And now I would like to invite you to claim your Free Instant Access to a complimentary list of 10 Steps to Making Your Life an Adventure when you visit

From Dr. Linda Hancock, Registered Psychologist and Registered Social Worker

Simple Tricks to Get Book Reviews Fast

by Tanisha Williams

February 2015

As many authors know, one great way to improve book sales and attract more views is to receive a large number of positive reviews for the book. The advantage of having reviews demonstrates to potential buyers and readers that they can have confidence in taking a reasonable chance on reading your book. This is especially true for starting out since your name is unknown. Getting book reviews can be a challenge though, so there are a tricks and tips you can use to get good reviews in a short period of time. Use this advice to get started.

Ask Personal Networks Directly

Some authors don't feel as though they can reach out to friends and family, or social networking acquaintance, but understand that most of the people you're connected to will want to see you succeed as an author. This is especially true when you release your first book. They'd love to have the opportunity to help get started on sales and promotions, but often don't know how to do this. If you give them a simple way to support you, there's a good chance that you'll get a significant number of free book reviews.

To make this strategy work well, email a group of people and offer free copies to each person who is willing to read the book and post a review. Set a limit on the number of copies you're giving out to speed up the number of people who take advantage of your offer. If you're not getting reviews, it's even appropriate to keep up with people and send a gentle reminder. Also, if you intend to keep writing, make a note of the people you know who have reviewed your book and contact them specifically when you release a book.

Ask for a Review in the Back

This seems fairly obvious, but many authors don't add a request at the end of the book asking for a review if the reader enjoyed it. This is a great time to share that you're a new author and tell them that reviews go a long way towards supporting your work. Many readers don't understand how important a good review can be, but are usually willing to leave a positive review if asked. Be sure to add a link to make it easy for your readers to find and review your book.

Build a Group with Similar Authors

If you've never heard of a mastermind organization or group, this is simply a group or club of people who meet together and support each other with many issues as well as personal growth. These groups share writing ideas, ask for support and advice, and share what's working for them. Forming a group with other authors is a great way to be successful and form important networks. There are even many author groups available that you can be a part of, either online or in person. While many of these groups focus more on critiques, new ideas, and creative writing, why not also work on assisting each other in the business area of writing? Ask for reviews and ensure that you provide them as well, when their books are released. By creating a group with like-minded authors, you will join forces to create improved results for everyone.

Reach Out to the Top Reviewers

If you're selling your book through a website, they probably have a list or category of their top reviewers. These are people who have reviewed a large number of products and their reviews have been voted as being helpful. A small set of these people commonly read and review books. One of the advantages of reaching out to this group is that they're much more likely to write a review than others. Find this list through your site and narrow down the profiles to find those who review books in your genre. Contact them and offer a free copy of your book in exchange for leaving a review. Similarly to asking friends and family, make a note of anyone who follows through and contact them every time you are going to release a new book.

These are some key ways to get great reviews on your books. If you've been struggling to get reviews and get noticed, then you can use these tips to start putting your work out there and gaining more attention.

Tanisha Williams is the author of two non-profit e-books "501c3 In 12-Steps" and "Simple Internal Controls That Protect Your Assets". Her desire for more interaction with readers was the key inspiration behind the development of her latest business venture ChatEbooks ( ChatEbooks, launched in October 2014, harnesses the strengths of social media in order to help authors and their readers engage and connect within the context of the selling/reading experience.

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-- "The Art of The Flip: How to Creatively Succeed In Job Interviews" by Kevin Parkinson --

Febraury 2015

Young, African-­American filmmaker Kevin Parkinson, who has been nominated for several awards from such notables as The National Broadcast Society(TM) and The Annual Bronze Lens Film Festival(TM), has published his first book, entitled The Art of the Flip: How to Creatively Succeed In Job Interviews.

Parkinson, a MFA Graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, with a BA from HBCU Shaw University has been featured on both MTV and BET. In 2012, after a string of life-altering circumstances, including the death of a close cousin mixed with the grind of breaking into the film industry, Parkinson made a fateful decision to give back to his community and become a career advisor.

“I remember being at Sony studios in California and being told in an interview that my credentials were great, but I had too little experience in Los Angeles,” Parkinson recalls. By faith he would soon discover a career advisement program offered at a local Goodwill(TM). There, Kevin impressed the advisors so much, that they offered him a job, ironically in Hollywood, California. “I would walk Hollywood Boulevard and offer young homeless and heroine addicts food to come into my career center and get help finding work. Then come back at night and have those same kids help me shoot short films.”

Not long after, the California office lost funding and Parkinson was offered a position with Goodwill Arizona. There Kevin saw the same issues and was able to meet the same needs as he did in Los Angeles. “My father is Jamaican and he instilled a lot of black pride in me at a very early age. He would always tell me to never be selfish and look out for my fellow man, especially if he looked like me. With this book, I get to do just that.”

In his role, Parkinson noted the gaping disparities between equitable programs and resources for Blacks and other groups and was motivated to do something about it, so he wrote and published The Art of the Flip.

“The book is based on the experiences I've had as a filmmaker and career advisor and provides practical advice on gaining favor in the workplace, on job-sites and in interviews.” Parkinson provides lectures and dedicates a weekly PodCast to the book. You can follow Kevin on Tumblr at

Parkinson will be shooting his second feature this year, College Orientation, a film about the realities of life as a college freshman. “Again, regarding equity, there are very few films relaying the Black College experience. With College Orientation, I’ll get to paint a realistic picture, a manual even, of what to expect when transitioning into college. Kevin owns and operates Vinark Motion Pictures(TM) and, an online resource to aspiring filmmakers. The Art of The Flip book can be purchased as a paperback and e-book on Amazon,
Kindle or at The website also hosts the free podcast.

Order a copy of my book

My free pod cast are offered at at

About is dedicated to informing others about film-making and the film industry as a whole, from a Black perspective. Writers Gregory Moore and Kevin Parkinson, have 10+ years in mass communications and film-making.

About Vinark Motion Pictures
Founded by Kevin Parkinson, Vinark Motion Pictures creates and supports positive black images, as well as thoughtful, entertaining subject matter.


-- QBR Wheatley Awards, Friday, July 17, 2015 --

-- The Harlem Book Fair, Saturday, July 18, 2015 --

February 2015

The Harlem Book Fair ( has selected "Reading the World" (#readingtheworld) as the theme for its 17th year celebration of Black writing and authors. Attended by over 20,000 readers and viewed by millions on C-Span’s BookTV, the Harlem Book Fair stands as the nation’s flagship African American literary event.

The Harlem Book Fair (HBF), the nations' largest and most-respected African American book festival, is supported by Columbia University, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the New York Public Library, Barnes & Noble, the national bookseller; and First Book, the social enterprise that distributes new books and educational resources to educators and program leaders serving children in need.

The presentation of the QBR Wheatley Book Awards will open the Harlem Book Fair on the evening of July 17th."This annual award, named for the first published African-American female writer, is given for literary work that ‘transcends culture, boundary, and perception". The program blends awards presentations into an entertaining evening of music, letters, and stellar performances.

Wheatley Legacy proposed nominees include Toni Morrison, Nikki Giovanni and Edward P. Jones. Prizes in eight writing categories will be awarded " Debut Fiction and Non-fiction, Best Fiction and Best Non-Fiction, Best Poetry, and Best Children's and Young Adult Book. The Wheatley Book Award presentations will take place on the campus of Columbia University in New York City. The Wheatley Awards are open to industry professionals, independent authors and publishers, media, readers and the general public. To reserve seating for the QBR Wheatley Book Awards, visit the Harlem Book Fair website or

The Harlem Book Fair, an all-day indoor and outdoor festival, will take place on Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The outdoor festival takes place on West 135th Street from Lenox Avenue (6th Avenue) to Frederick Douglass, Jr. Boulevard (8th Avenue) in Harlem, New York.

The HBF will host five indoor venues, the Schomburg Center's Hughes Auditorium, where our Author Talks are broadcast on C-Span's BookTV; the Countee Cullen library, which hosts author discussions, and author and publishing-related workshops and seminars; the luminous gallery space of Harlem Hospital, which hosts Authors Readings and discussions; our single author readings, presented at the Barnes & Noble Reading Stations; and the outdoor HBF Author MainStage, which features Spoken Word poets, dance, music and other performances.

The Harlem Book Fair invites publishers, independent authors, book vendors, and artists to exhibit, promote and sell their work to its receptive audience. Applications are available online at The Harlem Book Fair is a family event that is free and open to all.

Title: Amazon Brings Acclaimed STARZ Original Miniseries The White Queen to Prime Instant Video

Prime Instant Video will be the exclusive online-only subscription streaming home for the 10-part miniseries in the U.S.

Prime members can watch The White Queen at no additional cost to their membership using the Amazon Instant Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at


February 2015, Inc. today announced a content licensing agreement with Starz Digital Media that will make Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription streaming home in the U.S. for The White Queen--the Golden Globe and Emmy nominated original miniseries from premium entertainment service provider, Starz. Prime members can now watch the miniseries as often as they would like, from the Amazon Instant Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at, at no additional cost to their membership. This marks the first deal of its kind between Amazon and Starz Digital Media in the U.S.

"We're excited that Prime members can now watch and enjoy the epic miniseries, The White Queen, as part of their membership," stated Brad Beale, Vice President of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon. "STARZ has an outstanding collection of programming, and we're thrilled that one of their award-nominated miniseries will be added to the great selection of exclusive movies and TV shows that are included as part of Amazon Prime."

"With this agreement, we can bring even more viewers into the world of Philippa Gregory's storytelling and introduce Prime members to the quality original programming found on STARZ," said Mara Winokur, Senior Vice President, Digital at Starz. "Amazon is a great platform to showcase The White Queen and we're excited that this new agreement allows us to continue to grow our relationship with Amazon, while expanding exposure to one of our miniseries from the growing library of programming found on the STARZ channels and services. The miniseries will also remain available on STARZ platforms."

The White Queen--based on the historical novels from Philippa Gregory's New York Times best-selling series, The Cousins War--is set during England's War of the Roses and tells the story of three women vying for England's throne during one of the most tumultuous times in the country's history. The 10-part miniseries, nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Emmy, is brought to life by an incredible cast including Rebecca Ferguson and Janet McTeer, who were also individually nominated for a Golden Globe based on their performance as Queen Elizabeth and Jacquetta Woodville, respectively. Max Irons and James Frain are also featured in the respective roles of King Edward IV and Richard Neville.

About Prime Instant Video

Prime members have access to tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes available on Prime Instant Video, at no additional cost to their membership. Prime members can watch on TVs through the Amazon Instant Video app on hundreds of connected devices including Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV stick, Roku, Xbox and PlayStation, as well as on mobile devices including Fire phone and Fire tablet devices, iOS, and Android devices, or online at Prime Instant Video is also the only U.S. online-only subscription streaming service that enables offline viewing--on a plane, on vacation, and anywhere else where you may not have Wi-Fi.

Prime Instant Video is the exclusive online-only subscription streaming destination for binge-worthy TV shows including Amazon Original Series such as multi-Golden Globe winning series, Transparent, the Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman comedy, Mozart in the Jungle, and the political comedy starring John Goodman, Alpha House, in addition to HBO favorites like The Sopranos, True Blood and Six Feet Under, and popular primetime series including 24, Covert Affairs, Downtown Abbey, Extant, Falling Skies, Grimm, Hannibal, Justified, Orphan Black, Teen Wolf, The Americans, Under the Dome and Veronica Mars. Prime Instant Video also offers an exclusive collection of kids shows including Amazon Original Series' Annedroid, Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street and Tumble Leaf, as well as popular shows from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, Blue's Clues and The Bubble Guppies.

How to Drive Traffic to Your Site for Free - Article Marketing

By Femmy Banks 

February 2015

Though this is a free method of driving traffic to your site, it is a very powerful method over time.

The problem is you don't see results immediately... you see results over time. And that's where people get discouraged. They submit 10 articles to a couple of article directories and they are like 'What the heck is happening? I'm not rich yet? This method is crap!'

The thing is it is a method that pays big dividends over the long haul. By the time you've written tonnes of articles, they begin to pile up and the search engines begin to bring up your pages in search results.

You begin to see a steady flow of traffic to your site because your articles will come up at the top of the search engines (using SEO techniques). This is what search engines love. They love good quality content; content that gives people useful information; content that gives solutions to people's problems.

Your article could be submitted to hundreds of article directories, posted on other people's blogs as a guest blogger, or placed on your own blog.

Out of all these I prefer articles on my blog for the following reasons:

1)List Building

This is very useful, especially if you are an affiliate promoting other people's products and services. All you need is to direct people to an opt-in page through a link you ask them to click on.

And there are things that you need to do to motivate people to opt in like giving free ebook or video training if they choose to leave their email address.

2)Search Engine Friendly

Search engines love blogs. This is because they are sources of information. But this will only work well for you if you have valuable content, not just keyword-packed low-quality articles because the search engines continually tweak their algorithm to filter out the chaff.

And to make your post appear at the top of search engine search results, you may want to learn SEO techniques too

Submitting Articles to Article Directories

This also has its own advantages. For example if you submit your articles to a directory that ranks high and gets lots of traffic, then you're going to get lots of traffic to your site too. That is the reason why I love EzineArticles. Google loves EzineArticles. The site gets up to 1 million visitors per month. That is huge!

So submitting your articles to EzineArticles can be a source of good traffic to your site too, especially when you have a well written resource box that makes your readers go to your site.

I hope you enjoyed this article. Go ahead and start writing articles right now.

Are you plagued by little or no traffic to your site? You can click here to read another article on how to get free traffic.

Femmy Banks is the writer of this article and has a blog packed with tips and strategies you can't do without to succeed in internet marketing.




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