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I Can Has Kittehs: Cheezburger Network Releases Third Book

Our Media Beat interview guest, Cheezburger Network founder and CEO Ben Huh, in the studio with mediabistro.com's Blake Gernstetter

Kitten fanatics rejoice: Today marks the release of the latest book in the I Can Has Cheezburger franchise, Teh Itteh Bitteh Book of Kittehs. Fans can expect the sameĀ  clawingly cloyingly cute pet pictures with grammatically irreverent captions as captured in the book’s predecessors, both New York Times bestsellers.

Ben Huh, founder and CEO of the Cheezburger Network, dropped by our Media Beat studio this afternoon to talk about how the company develops new ideas, whether he’ll write a book of his own, and what makes those darn Lolcats so appealing.

This adorable kitten book cover should tide over your curiosity until we run the three-part video interview October 18 on our sister blog, WebNewser:

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Author Lindsey Pollak: ‘Twitter Is Crucial’ for Job Seekers

JENNIFER PULLINGER

lindsey112.jpg How useful is Twitter in helping one obtain a job in new media? What about when promoting your book or author platform? Writer Jennifer Pullinger put the question to bestselling author and career expert Lindsey Pollak, one of the speakers at the Mediabistro Career Circus August 4.

“Twitter is crucial because it allows you to create a personalized newsfeed of the thoughts, questions, activities, and opinions of people in the industry you want to join. That information is invaluable for a jobseeker trying to meet people and make a good impression in the industry.”

“Participating in the conversation on Twitter is like attending a conference or networking event all day, every day. If I were looking for a job in new media, I would follow every single person who works in the company or industry I want to join.”

Lindsey Pollak talks about building a meaningful public profile and social presence in her upcoming presentation at Mediabistro Career Circus on August 4 in New York.

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HarperCollins’ Debbie Stier on the Stigma of Self-Publishing

JENNIFER PULLINGER

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Self-published authors have long been stigmatized for writing and selling their own books, but digital publishing is changing the game — and the industry’s perception. In a talk at the upcoming Mediabistro Circus, HarperCollins SVP and associate publisher Debbie Stier will discuss how digital trends are affecting publishing, from book acquisitions to marketing. Writer Jennifer Pullinger asked Stier: Because would-be authors can amass influence more easily through online and social media today, and the barriers to entry like economics and distribution are not as insurmountable as before, is that stigma fading faster, or will they always be two steps behind the established publishing houses?

“The barriers to entry for a writer to publish a book are lower than ever, and as a result, there are more self-published books than ever before. However, I think there’s still a stigma attached (whether justified or not) and that an established publisher still represents quality control. The fact of the matter is that the Internet is the ultimate tool for allowing the cream to rise, and I do believe that this will ultimately lead to the stigma diminishing. I don’t think we are there yet, but we are well on our way.”

Debbie Stier shares “Lessons From a Publisher” in her upcoming presentation at Mediabistro Circus on May 20 in New York.

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