FIFA President Sepp Blatter Is Stepping Down

Sepp Blatter announced Tuesday that he is stepping down as FIFA president as the world’s soccer governing body continues to be embroiled in scandal and controversy.

“I appreciate and love FIFA more than anything else, and I only want to do the best for football and for FIFA,” Blatter said during a press conference.

Blatter said a new president will be elected “as soon as possible,” but he will continue his functions until that happens.

Blatter had just been reelected on Friday. He said he ran for the unprecedented fifth term because he was “convinced it was the best option for football.”

“This mandate does not seem to be supported by everybody in the world of football,” Blatter said.

“The challenges that FIFA is facing have not come to an end,” he said. “FIFA needs a profound restructuring.”

The next FIFA congress is scheduled to be held on May 13, 2016 in Mexico, but Blatter said to wait that long for a new president would “only delay matters.” He called upon FIFA’s executive committee “organize an extraordinary congress as rapidly as possible” to elect his successor.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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How to Best Answer the Most Common Job Interview Questions

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by Mira Zaslove
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I’ve interviewed hundreds of people over the years, and when I interview a candidate, I want to hire them. I’m looking for someone who: (1) can do the job, (2) wants to do the job, (3) will fit into the culture, (4) won’t quit or be a huge headache.

The smartest answers to commonly asked interview questions are concise, positive, and showcase the candidate’s fit with the job. Smart interviewers do their research and tailor their answers to fit the opportunity.

1. Tell me about yourself

Keep your introduction positive, clean and simple. Focus on what is directly relevant. You want to show that you have the ability and desire to do the job, and fit into the company culture. Highlight aspects of your career, college, hobbies, and personal life that match that of the company.

Don’t assume that your interviewer has read your resume. However, don’t just recite your resume verbatim to your interviewer. The smart answer tells the interviewer why the interviewee is a good fit for the open position. If you are a recent college graduate interviewing for a sales position, highlight that you are a competitive people person who loves a challenge. If you are making a career switch, highlight your transferable skills. If you are keeping in the industry and looking for more responsibility, highlight specific examples of the best work you’ve done.

2. What are your biggest strengths? What will you bring to the team?

Don’t ramble on for minutes reciting every quality you can think of. I once sat through an interview where the candidate spoke for 5 minutes about how they were careful, yet willing to take risks, and that they were independent, but great in teams. It was confusing, and not convincing.

Choose 1-3 strengths that are relevant to predicting your success at the job and company. Carefully read the job posting and talk to current employees. Find out if their are common strengths that lead people to excel in the role.

Stay away from overly generic and lazy answers, like “I’m a people person.” Instead, give solid examples of how your relationship building, research. and clear communication brought it and retained top clients at your last job. Highlight common themes in your achievements, and link them to tangible results. This question is basically: Why should we hire you?

3. What is your biggest weakness?

Please don’t go with the humble brag, of “I’m such a workaholic, or people say I’m too much of a perfectionist.”

Give a weakness that is a genuine, but acceptable for the job you are applying to. For example, if you are interviewing for a programing job, you could say that one of your weaknesses is public speaking, which would have little bearing on doing your job. Similarly, some weaknesses, such as micromanaging or giving feedback too directly can be acceptable in certain positions.

Tell a story where you learned from a mistake. Give an example where something relatively minor went wrong, and what you learned from it. Focus on what you learned, and keep it positive.

4. Where else are you interviewing? What types of roles?

I once interviewed a candidate for a sales role at a early stage start up. I really liked him, and the interview was going well. I wanted to hire him, but when I asked him where else he was interviewing he told me that he was excited about a finance role at Microsoft. Huh? I was confused. We got to talking and it was clear that he didn’t know what he wanted.

It’s ok if you are interviewing for multiple types of opportunities, however don’t tell your interviewer. Keep your answer focused on the opportunity and company that you are interviewing for.

5. Any questions for me?

A good interview is a conversation, where both sides are engaged. The purpose is to discover if the position is a match. If the candidate asks no questions, they are missing an opportunity. It appears that either they aren’t interested, or believe they already know everything to know about the position.

Don’t ask questions just for the sake of asking questions. It’s annoying to me as an interviewer when someone asks a question I’ve already answered, or is blatantly not relevant, just because they had it prepared. As Benjamin Holder suggests, ask questions that show you are genuinely interested in learning more about the job, the role, and the company. Use the opportunity to end on a high note.

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Teen Allegedly Hit With Tire Iron After Standing Up For Bullied Taco Bell Employees

A Minnesota boy was hit with a tire iron after trying to stop an altercation over a wrong order at a Taco Bell, police say.

St. Paul teen Nikko Senn, 15, was beat over the head
with a tire iron after defending Taco Bell employees who were being harassed by three customers last Tuesday, the Pioneer Press reports.

Laresha Marie Uting and her friends, identified in a criminal complaint as “BJ” and “Guns,” were “belligerent and swore at staff” after pulling into a drive through window and complaining that staff got their order wrong. Uting and her friends then came into the store.

That’s when Senn — who told CBS Minnesota he is a seven-year regular
at the establishment — stepped in to confront the bullies. One man allegedly started swinging at Senn. When the victim’s friends began recording on their phones, Uting allegedly grabbed a tire iron and handed it to “Guns,” who is accused of hitting the teen in the head, causing him to bleed.

“If it had to happen again, I’d [step in] in a heartbeat,” Senn told the station.

As the group left, they allegedly assaulted a 34-year-old customer walking into the store.

Uting was the only one charged by police, facing a felony count of second-degree riot with a dangerous weapon.

“They could have had anything — a knife, a gun,” Senn’s mother told CBS. “I’m very proud of my son for having that kind of respect for people.”

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Check Out Photos From The Coronation Of The 'Drag Race' Season 7 Winner (SPOILERS)

If you’ve been locked in a broom closet (or outside of the U.S.), we’re here to break the news to you:

Violet Chachki took home the crown on last night’s finale of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season seven.

The Dita Von Teese-esque stunner beat out fellow competitors Pearl and Ginger Minj to follow in the footsteps of season six’s Bianca Del Rio and season five’s Jinkx Monsoon and take the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar.

This season felt, for the first time, entirely too close to call. Indeed, the crowd at last night’s coronation ceremony at Stage 48 in New York City still seemed divided in who they thought would take home the crown.

Check out some photos of last night’s coronation below, or the video above for Violet’s season highlights.

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How Business Leaders Can Help Save the Planet – and Lead a Joyous Life

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Stakeholders came together to find a solution that allowed nature and dams to co-exist on the Penobscot River. (Photo © Bridget Besaw)

Let’s face it–solving today’s environmental challenges requires unprecedented leadership.

That’s why I was pleased to be a panelist a few weeks ago at the Global Private Equity Conference hosted by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC).

The audience included senior professionals from private equity, banking, global companies and multilateral organizations. The group was mainly focused on business opportunities in the developing world.

During my panel, I was asked some good questions on how business leaders can make a positive difference.

Here’s what I said.

1) What does business sustainability mean for you?

It means being smart, creative and bold so you can pursue initiatives that improve both business results and environmental outcomes. Everyone in this audience can show the world how to do business while protecting nature in a way that makes business sense.

I’m not talking about corporate philanthropy or corporate social responsibility. Both are good. But true business sustainability means changing the way business is done–including environmental considerations as a key part of business.

2) Can you give some examples that make the business case for sustainability?

There are many examples–good and bad.

I can think of at least two hydropower dams that were legally authorized–in Chile and Myanmar–but the advance environmental work and broad coalition building didn’t happen. And in both cases, the projects were ultimately canceled or suspended because of public outcry. Hundreds of millions of dollars were lost. That’s a steep price to pay for not getting sustainability right.

On the other hand, many companies now understand that factoring nature into their decision-making is a smart business strategy.

For instance, a decade ago, Greenpeace activists pressured McDonald’s to ensure its soy was sustainably produced in Brazil. So McDonald’s went to Cargill, the agribusiness that supplied the fast-food company’s soy, and Cargill agreed to stop buying soy grown on newly deforested land.

The company then worked with TNC and other NGOs, the Brazilian government, other agribusinesses and global soy buyers to develop an unprecedented moratorium on the purchase of any soy from newly deforested areas. As a result, deforestation of the Amazon because of soy production has nearly come to a halt.

Cargill’s leadership on reducing the impacts of soy production was more than a purely environmental or ethical decision. It was also a matter of competitive advantage. Consumers and markets across the world are increasingly worried about climate change and deforestation. Being a responsible steward of the Amazon is in the company’s best interest.

3) What about companies with sincere intentions that find sustainability hard to implement?

Sometimes companies want to do the right thing but have trouble pulling it off.

Take, for instance, a sincerely committed engineering company. The company’s leaders really want to do the right thing in building a dam. But they find that siting decisions made before they entered the picture hugely overwhelm their own good practices. The siting decisions were made early on and in a way that’s suboptimal for the environment.

Likewise, the engineering company finds that roads and other infrastructure built to make the dam possible also lead to great environmental harm.

Our advice in these kinds of situations is to look at the full range of impacts–even those that are not your direct responsibility–and to work with environmentalists, community groups, government agencies and others to push for better siting and infrastructure early in the process.

Your businesses have clout. I encourage you to be bolder–use your clout to push decision-makers and build coalitions that result in win-win strategies that strengthen both business and environmental outcomes.

4) Surely not all collaborations can be “win-win.”

Of course not–it would be naïve to think that all sustainability initiatives can be win-win. But there are still many win-win opportunities that we haven’t fully pursued.

In some cases, thinking bigger can transform what at first seems like a zero-sum game into a true win-win.

Let’s go back to hydropower. It can be very challenging to find win-win solutions at the scale of individual dams. The choices between environmental performance and energy performance can be too difficult.

However, zoom out to the bigger picture–an entire river basin–and the potential for win-win solutions greatly increases.

Take Maine’s Penobscot River, for example. For decades, local residents, energy companies and environmentalists battled over individual dams and their negative impacts on fish habitat.

But when a single company took ownership of all the major dams along the river, the opportunity arose to forge a big-picture solution. Two dams were removed, and a state-of-the-art fish bypass was built around a third dam. This re-opened hundreds of miles of river habitat for salmon and other migratory fish. Meanwhile, energy production is being increased at other dams so that current hydropower levels are maintained.

This type of solution only emerged by finding the right scale for addressing a complex challenge.

5) This sounds hard, and more like your job than everyone in the audience’s. Why should people do it?

Looking around the room, you all strike me as dedicated, hard-working professionals. You relish a challenge, feel driven to accomplish important work and are motivated by opportunities to make a difference.

And so I encourage you to embrace these sustainability ideas. They will improve your business results. They will lead others to view you as an innovative and influential player. They will get you out of your comfort zone. And they will make the world a better place.

It’s extraordinarily exciting to do this kind of work. It might seem daunting, but it’s not as hard as it looks. My book, “Nature’s Fortune,” can give you some ideas for applying these ideas in your own work.

If you pursue these initiatives, not only will you do important things, but your own children and grandchildren will thank you. Just like my own kids have thanked me. What could be better than that? That’s the way to lead a joyous professional life.

Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and the author of Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature
. You can follow Mark on Twitter @MarkTercek
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The Sound and the Fury

Most people wake in the morning to the sound of an alarm clock, family members or their body’s circadian rhythm doing its job and waking them naturally.

On most weekdays, I wake to the noise of a traffic cop constantly blowing his whistle while cars navigating seemingly endless construction lay on their horns. The cacophony is, for me, impossible to get used to, and my newly purchased earplugs and white noise machine only go so far in prolonging my sleep. This rude awakening, and the fact that I work from home and the noise goes on for hours, is making my life far less peaceful than I would like it to be, and then, last week, a study by Swedish researchers came out, sharing the news that living with traffic noise may contribute to weight gain, cardiovascular risk and other possible health problems.

Perhaps the worst part is the knowledge that I am turning into a crank. I knew it was official when I saw how much I had in common with the curmudgeonly character of Ray Ploshansky on the last season of Girls. Like me, Ray had become agitated by incessant noise outside his apartment so–unlike me, promise–he lost it a little, went outside and pounded on cars to stop honking.

But I am not a character in Lena Dunham’s fictional universe, so I must contend with the reality that construction on my street, and the racket that goes into ripping up, repairing or replacing subterranean pipes, is scheduled to take place for more than a year, and so I have to adapt or, well, move.

I am not going to move, so instead I have to cope. Sometimes, this means doing my best to grin and bear it. Other times, it means being mad as hell and not wanting to take it anymore, so I’ll go outside to talk to the offending traffic cop and prevail upon him to use his whistle more sparingly. I try to calm down on my way to the street and then, as nicely as I can, tell the cop I don’t think he realizes how often he blows his whistle, and that it’s akin to breathing and I can’t imagine it’s helpful. I point to my window and tell him my desk is right there, and plead with him to please try to be conscious of his whistling. On more than one occasion I have gone out to do my pleading only to find a neighbor got there first. That always makes me happy; I can take the day off from being the resident grouch.

Sometimes, I am pleased to report, one of us is successful, and we may get a good, relatively quiet day or two but then, come 6 a.m. some other morning, it’s back: Relentless noise. Shrieking whistles. Maddening stress. I’ve called 3-1-1 at least three times in the last several months, but it’s done no good. Apparently, my local police precinct finds unceasing (and, according to my diagnosis, mindless) whistle-blowing a necessity.

I wrote my play, The Generator, before all this mayhem started earlier this year. The Generator addresses the subject of too much noise in an already too-noisy world, as well as the phenomenon of “neighbor wars” as a result of it. It is based on an actual incident involving the use of a loud and long-running home generator during a blackout–an individual’s choice that exacerbated an already fraught situation.

While doing research for my play, I watched a CBS Sunday Morning story, “Battling Loud Leaf Blowers,” showing how the use of that tool is a common source of contention around the country. And I read about an extreme case in which a California man, Peter L. Quill, put his neighbor in the hospital after attacking him with a flashlight because of noise from a generator.

I hope the writer Sloane Crosley didn’t go that route last Saturday after she tweeted this: “So close to going MIA/Lynn Hirschberg on my privileged music-blaring teenage neighbor’s ass and just tweeting out his name and address,” referencing an angry dust-up that took place in 2010 after Hirschberg wrote an unflattering profile of the rapper in The New York Times and M.I.A. retaliated by tweeting Hirschberg’s phone number to her fans.

We’ve all been there, and everyone who lives in New York–or any city–has to accept and learn to live with noise and the frustration it can cause. Sirens, inconsiderate neighbors, construction and honking horns are par for the course. But this fact of our lives doesn’t mean the sounds we contribute don’t make a difference and just get absorbed, innocently enough, into the ether. I bet we all could do a better job of being more mindful of each other and helping to make New York a quieter, more livable and less sleep-deprived place.

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Better Data Might Cost Huge Chunk of Global Aid

While the world has generally seen success with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — halve the proportion of hunger and poverty, get all kids into school and drastically reduce child mortality — drawn up nearly 15 years ago, not all promises will be achieved.

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What is somewhat surprising, however, is that we have fairly little information about what exactly we achieved. According to World Bank data, in 1990 there were 850 maternal deaths out of 100,000 live births in sub-Saharan Africa and this number went down to 500 in 2010. However, the World Health Organization has warned that measuring the maternal mortality ratio remains a challenge because less than 40% of countries have a complete civil registration system that appropriately attributes the cause of death.

Actually, most of the available numbers are rather projections and estimates, not data. In total, there are more gaps than real observations and the observations themselves are often dubious.

This matters, because the world is now discussing a new set of targets for the next decade and a half. To do the most good, my think tank, the Copenhagen Consensus, has asked 60 teams of the world’s top economists to look at the economic, social and environmental costs and benefits of all the top targets. Of course most of the attention is on the high-profile issues like health, education, food, water and environment.

But to be able to measure how well we handle all these issues has real costs. How much this will cost and how much the international community can justify spending in this way is the important topic covered by Professor Morten Jerven in his paper for the Copenhagen Consensus
.

Take the original MDGs. There were just 18 simple targets. Data collection for these targets had many gaps, and much of the information collected was of dubious quality. However, Jerven collates the information we have about survey costs across the world and estimates that the proper monitoring of all 18 targets and 48 indicators would have cost the world $27 billion. That is a significant number, but given that the world will spend about $1.9 trillion over the same period, 1.4% is perhaps not unreasonable to spend on getting information.

The problem is that the next set of targets is growing ever larger. A high-level panel with UK Prime Minister David Cameron, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono from Indonesia and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf along with leaders from civil society and the private sector suggested 59 targets and advocated building “better data-collection systems, especially in developing countries.”

A number of months ago, 70 UN ambassadors in the Open Working Group proposed a bewildering 169 targets. One of these argued that by 2020 the world should “increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts.”

Doing even a minimum data collection for all these 169 targets will cost at least $254 billion, or almost twice the entire global annual development budget, Jerven estimates.

And this is a very low estimate, since it does not take account of basic administrative data gathering by national governments, or costs for all the household surveys, which are recommended. And countries where data has not yet been collected will likely prove even costlier. Remember, six of 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa have never had a household survey and only 28 have had one in the last seven years.

Moreover, there is a serious question of capacity. Worldwide, only about 60 countries have the basic registration systems needed to monitor trends in social indicators. Many poor countries do not have the capacity to collect useful data on a national basis. In the $254 billion estimate there is no allowance for maintaining the statistical office, training and retaining personnel, analyzing along with disseminating the data. There is ample evidence that the MDG agenda has already stretched statistical capacity and strained statistical offices in poor countries and that 169 new targets will only make it much worse.

Most participants discussing the Sustainable Development Goals recognize that we need much, much fewer targets. Taking into account the formidable costs of data collection for each target, it is reasonable to reconsider the best number of targets. For comparison: both the Norwegian and British governments have official statistical services, which cost about 0.2% of their GDP. Using this figure as a measure of willingness to pay would suggest that we should aim more at four SDG targets, which could be properly monitored, rather than a massive 169.

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Authorities Fatally Shoot Man Under Terrorism Task Force Surveillance In Boston

A man who had been under surveillance by the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force was fatally shot by authorities in Boston on Tuesday morning.

An FBI agent and a Boston police officer approached the man
near a CVS store around 7 a.m., and say he responded by whipping out a large military-style knife, Fox25 reports.

The officers say that they ordered him to drop the knife multiple times, but he refused to do so and continued to move towards them.

“Our officers tried their best to get him to put down the knife,’’ Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans
said. “Unfortunately, they had to take a life.”

Both officers fired at the man, and he later died from his injuries at a hospital. No one else was injured
in the incident, WHDH reports.

The man has been identified as being in his 20s. Authorities have not said why the man was under surveillance.

This is a developing story.

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Amazing Police Dog Portraits

People love dogs. Especially heroic dogs.

Well I assume even the cat loving people have a soft spot for stories of heroic canines saving the child at the bottom of the well, or being lost for years only to travel for 1000’s of miles to return home to their loving owners. I assume cat lovers can appreciate this story (insert smiley face emoji).

This feature spot is not just about any heroic dogs. It’s about public service dogs who are amongst the ranks in the Seattle Police Department. Jordan Stead
of the Seattle PI
, recently did an awesome photo story on these canines and I thought it would be awesome to share it with you here also.

Meet some of the heroic canines from the Seattle Police Department by way of Jordan Stead
and Seattle PI
.

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Tracking police dog Orka, age 8, has served seven years with the Seattle Police Department. Orka once tracked a North Precinct burglar over eight blocks of rough terrain. The suspect was caught and later convicted for 62 separate burglaries. Police Dog Orka has false canine teeth due to the wear and tear that his real canines took from his bad habit of gnawing on his kennel. Photographed Monday, May 11, 2015, in Seattle.

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Tracking police dog Kosmo, age 6, serves with the Seattle Police Department. K-9 Officer J. Moyer, described meeting his dog: “Kosmo stood up and placed one paw on each of my shoulders. When I went to say hello, [Kosmo] put his tongue in my mouth and licked my face. I figured that was his way of telling me he was actually the one doing the choosing.” Two days after Kosmo completed the basic training academy, he was asked to track a violent domestic-violence suspect who had jumped from the window of a second-story building to escape. Kosmo tracked through yards and over fences to an old dirty mattress pressed flat against a retaining wall. Knowing that no one could hide between a mattress and a wall unless they were as thin as a sheet of paper, his handler explained to his dog no one could be there and the track was ended and officers left. Ten minutes later the suspect returned to the crime scene and fled a second time. Kosmo again tracked through yards to the mattress. To prove to Kosmo no one could be there, his handler pulled the mattress away from the concrete retaining wall to reveal the suspect tucked into a large hole in the wall. Photographed Monday, May 11, 2015, in Seattle.

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Tracking police dog Magnum, age 8, tracked down a child rapist who fled through a house. After clearing the building and overgrown yard, Magnum tracked the suspect several blocks away. The suspect had run to a dead-end street and was surprised when he was approached by officers and a police dog. Photographed Monday, May 11, 2015, in Seattle.

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Buddies and K-9 coworkers Ziva, right, and Dennis, left, have long shared a bond, frequently making public appearances together. Photographed Monday, May 11, 2015, in Seattle.

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Tracking police dog Cerberus, age 3, serves with the Seattle Police Department. In his first field case after K-9 Academy, Cerberus chased a shooting suspect following a Washington State Patrol pursuit. Cerberus followed the suspect up a muddy, 60-degree, 300-foot hill. After climbing the bush-covered hill, the dog found the armed suspect, who was arrested. Cerberus sings along to the “O’Reilly Auto Parts” song every time it comes on the radio. Photographed Monday, May 11, 2015, in Seattle.

Jordan Stead is a staff photographer for SeattlePI.com
, visual educator and avid fan of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. He can be reached on his website
or on Twitter
& Instagram
with the shared handle of @jordanbstead.

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Amazon Kindle Singles: Delicious Snackable Stories

Why would a traditionally published author give exclusivity to Amazon for a new book? I thought I knew the answer, but I discovered the reasons are as varied as writers and book genres.

Publish In a New Genre

I’m a successful finance trade book author published through John Wiley & Sons, but I had other manuscripts that didn’t fit Wiley’s publishing model: novels, an anthology of blog posts, and non-fiction memoirs. Award winning traditionally published fiction writer Libby Fischer Hellmann
, told me it was time for these manuscripts to come out of the closet. There was no need to spend my limited free time scouting agents and publishers. Self-publishing had come of age. Dozens of traditionally published authors were publishing their own work.

Market Share, Control, and Kindle Unlimited

But that doesn’t explain why one would publish exclusively with Amazon. Amazon’s closest–yet still very distant–competitor is Apple, and I found it to be user unfriendly. (See: “Apple Taxes Authors’ Patience
.”) Amazon has free Kindle Reading Apps so you can read Kindle books on any device, including Apple’s.

Amazon’s share of the U.S. eBook market is around 70 percent, and authors can publish in several languages reaching Great Britain, Canada, Western Europe, India, and Australia. Authors can easily make changes at any time. Did a reader find a typo — let’s hope not, but even traditionally published books often have typos — authors can correct it immediately. New cover? Authors can upload it in seconds. Authors can also change the price. Changes are fast and easy, well within 24 hours.

In July 2014, Amazon launched an eBook subscription service called Kindle Unlimited
. For less than $10 per month, subscribes can borrow books not only by independent authors, but also by traditionally published authors, albeit some publishing houses have declined–for now–to participate. Nonetheless, many popular mainstream authors are part of the program. Readers will find the Hunger Games series, Harry Potter, and much more.

Bookerly: Easier on Readers

If you own an Apple device or Android, as of May 2015, you can download an app to read eBooks with Amazon’s new fantastic readable font: Bookerly
.

Kindle Single: Rebirth of the Short Form Narrative

Amazon has revived short-form narrative through its Kindle Singles in-house publishing brand with a professional editorial team headed by New York journalist and editor David Blum
. Kindle Singles include essays, works of journalism, and books 5,000-30,000 words in length, perfect when you want a short satisfying story. Kindle Singles include a spectrum of fiction and non-fiction. The team receives thousands of submissions per month and chooses–in its opinion–the best of the bunch. As an author, I love the idea of curated works.

Decisions: Life and Death on Wall Street
In the wake of scandals and suicides, I submitted a short non-fiction Wall Street memoir, Decisions: Life and Death on Wall Street
. As I awaited a response, my team created eBook files, and I published using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform. Nomi Prins, author of All the Presidents’ Bankers,
wrote a thought-provoking review
for the Huffington Post.

I was delighted when I later received an email from Kindle Singles: “We’d love to have DECISIONS in the Kindle Singles store. We agreed it’s a gripping and eye-opening memoir that takes readers into a world they couldn’t access otherwise. A highly engaging read.”

I worked with one or their first-rate copy editors, and others reformatted the interior and designed a more commercial-looking cover that sports a picture of Ben Franklin.

I am not a well-known author, at least outside the niche world of finance, so it is a thrill to publish on a platform with famous authors including Lee Child and Stephen King.

Singular Prices on an Exclusive Platform

My book reader half loves Kindle Singles as much as my writer half
. Kindle Singles are eligible for Amazon Prime’s borrowing program and Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program. If you are a member, you can read Kindle Singles for free. If you are not a member, Kindle Singles are priced from $0.99 to $4.99, and all of them have run the gauntlet of the Kindle Singles’ editorial team with final approval from David Blum. Books are exclusive to Amazon’s Kindle Single store.

Digital publishing is evolving, and Amazon is creating unique opportunities for readers and writers.

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