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"Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy"
by Carl Shapiro and Hal R. Varian

Chapter 1 of Information Rules begins with a description of the change brought on by technology at the close of the century--but the century described is not this one, it's the late 1800s. One hundred years ago, it was an emerging telephone and electrical network that was transforming business. Today it's the Internet. The point? While the circumstances of a particular era may be unique, the underlying principles that describe the exchange of goods in a free-market economy are the same. And the authors, Carl Shapiro and Hal Varian, should know. Shapiro is Professor of Business Strategy at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and has also served as chief economist at the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department. Varian is the Dean of the School of Information Management and Systems at UC Berkeley. Together they offer a deep knowledge of how economic systems work coupled with first-hand experience of today's network economy. They write: Sure, today's business world is different in a myriad of ways from that of a century ago. But many of today's managers are so focused on the trees of technological change that they fail to see the forest: the underlying economic forces that determine success and failure.

Shapiro and Varian go to great lengths to purge this book of the technobabble and forecasting of an electronic woo-woo land that's typical in books of this genre. Instead, with their feet on the ground, they consider how to market and distribute goods in the network economy, citing examples from industries as diverse as airlines, software, entertainment, and communications. The authors cover issues such as pricing, intellectual property, versioning, lock-in, compatibility, and standards. Clearly written and presented, Information Rules belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who has an interest in today's network economy--entrepreneurs, managers, investors, students. If there was ever a textbook written on how to do business in the information age, this book is it. Highly recommended. --Harry C. Edwards

"If you want to understand how the network economy really functions and why some companies succeed spectacularly [than] others, despite having mould-breaking technology, look no further." The Economist, December 12, 1998

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From Entrepreneur to Infopreneur: Make Money with books, E-Books and Information Products
by Stephanie Chandler

Infopreneurs sell valuable information online in the form of books, e-books, special reports, audio and video products, seminars, and other media. This definitive guide will show how to master the tools and tactics of the most successful infopreneurs, so you can succeed at producing, marketing, selling, and automating delivery of information products online. This guide comes complete with interviews of successful infopreneurs.

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The Economics of Information Technology: An Introduction
by Hal R. Varian, Joseph Farrell and Carl Shapiro.

The Economics of Information Technology is a concise and accessible review of important economic factors affecting information technology industries. These industries are characterized by high fixed costs and low marginal costs of production, large switching costs for users, and strong network effects. Hal Varian outlines the basic economics of these industries while Joseph Farrell and Carl Shapiro describe the impact of these factors on competition policy. The volume is an ideal introduction for undergraduate and graduate students in economics, business strategy, law and related areas.

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Digital Stock Photography: How to Shoot and Sell
by Michal Heron

Build a digital stock house from the ground up—and make money!

Digital Stock Photography equips photographers with everything they need to know to create digital stock photos that sell in today’s marketplace. From organizing a shoot to raking in the profits as the pictures sell and sell and sell again, all the steps are here: Capturing digital images, working with scans, digital delivery of images, evaluating equipment, organizing digital files, building an archive, and more. Thirty assignments, designed to reflect the latest trends in photography, provide readers with a blueprint for building a stock collection. Special sections explain how to market, negotiate and quote prices, and manage a business, plus obtaining model releases and protecting copyright.

- Thirty assignments let readers build their own digital stock house

- Detailed digital photography tips and techniques plus business, marketing, and legal advice

-Includes model releases and other business form.

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Essentials of Management Information Systems
by Kenneth laudon and Jane Laudon

An in-depth look at how today's businesses use information technologies.

Many businesses look for candidates who know how to use information systems, making a general understanding of information systems an asset to any business professional. Laudon and Laudon emphasize how business objectives shape the application of new information systems and technologies.

The ninth edition focuses on currency and cutting-edge topics.

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Principles of Information Systems
by Ralph Stair and George Reynolds

Review
"I consider this the best and most important chapter in the book. Coupling TPS with ERPs is very smart and really works well. Outstanding integration of all systems descriptions from CRM to TPS, inventory systems to accounting all the way to payroll, even EDI. Students rarely understand the big picture, but this point is vital to understanding how IT works in companies today. Well done!" - Howard Sundwall, West Chester University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Description
Intended for the Introduction to MIS course. It is the first course for an MIS major and is often required for business students. The approximate enrollments are over 100,000 units per academic year.

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Killer Web Content: Make the Sale, Deliver the Service, Build the Brand
by Gerry McGovern

Written by a corporate specialist in web development who has advised Microsoft and HP, Killer Web Content provides the strategies and practical techniques to make sure your web content matches your customers' needs. Accessible, concise and practical, this guide distills the information and insight major companies pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for and shows any website owner how to present your material in a compelling way which follows the accepted rules of layout and navigation that will keep site visitors on your site longer. The book also covers the complicated world of optimizing search results and explains how to integrate blogs, RSS feeds and email newsletters into your total web presence.

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Content Strategy for the Web
by Kristina Halvorson

If your website content is out of date, off-brand, and out of control, you're missing a huge opportunity to engage, convert, and retain customers online. Redesigning your home page won't help. Investing in a new content management system won't fix it, either. So, where do you start?

Without meaningful content, your website isn't worth much to your key audiences. But creating (and caring for) "meaningful" content is far more complicated than we're often willing to acknowledge. Content Strategy for the Web explains how to create and deliver useful, usable content for your online audiences, when and where they need it most. It also shares content best practices so you can get your next website redesign right, on time and on budget. For the first time, you'll:

- See content strategy (and its business value) explained in plain language
- Find out why so many web projects implode in the content development phase ... and how to avoid the associated, unnecessary costs and delays
- Learn how to audit and analyze your content
- Make smarter, achievable decisions about which content to create and how
- Find out how to maintain consistent, accurate, compelling content over time
- Get solid, practical advice on staffing for content-related roles and responsibilities

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All the News That's Fit to Sell: How the Market Transforms Information into News
by James T. Hamilton

That market forces drive the news is not news. Whether a story appears in print, on television, or on the Internet depends on who is interested, its value to advertisers, the costs of assembling the details, and competitors' products. But in All the News That's Fit to Sell, economist James Hamilton shows just how this happens. Furthermore, many complaints about journalism--media bias, soft news, and pundits as celebrities--arise from the impact of this economic logic on news judgments.

This is the first book to develop an economic theory of news, analyze evidence across a wide range of media markets on how incentives affect news content, and offer policy conclusions. Media bias, for instance, was long a staple of the news. Hamilton's analysis of newspapers from 1870 to 1900 reveals how nonpartisan reporting became the norm. A hundred years later, some partisan elements reemerged as, for example, evening news broadcasts tried to retain young female viewers with stories aimed at their (Democratic) political interests. Examination of story selection on the network evening news programs from 1969 to 1998 shows how cable competition, deregulation, and ownership changes encouraged a shift from hard news about politics toward more soft news about entertainers.

Hamilton concludes by calling for lower costs of access to government information, a greater role for nonprofits in funding journalism, the development of norms that stress hard news reporting, and the defining of digital and Internet property rights to encourage the flow of news. Ultimately, this book shows that by more fully understanding the economics behind the news, we will be better positioned to ensure that the news serves the public good.

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Selling Products from the Platform
by Fred Gleeck

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The Web Content Strategist's Bible: The Complete Guide To A New And Lucrative Career For Writers Of All Kinds
by Richard Sheffield

Managing the creation and maintenance of the huge volume of Web content requires an understanding of not just Web writing, but of detailed, well-planned, realistic content development processes. Those practicing the new discipline of Web Content Strategy are being called upon to help Web development teams navigate this new editorial ecosystem where content not only has to be written, but also broken up into thousands of pieces that have to be reviewed, approved, re-purposed, edited for search engines, translated, localized, and generated using a new and complex set of tools and techniques. The Web Content Strategist's Bible explains how the practice of Web content strategy can be used to effectively manage the size, scope, and cost of content-heavy Web development projects. Presented in an easy, readable style, the book focuses on asking the right questions and gathering relevant information needed for efficient project planning and development.

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Clout: The Art and Science of Influential Web Content (Voices That Matter)
by Colleen Jones

Results. Everyone wants them, whether to sell more products, spread good ideas, or win more funding. In our busy digital world, the way to results is influencing people on the web. But how?

An ad campaign won't cut it. A Twitter account doesn't guarantee it. Manipulative tricks will backfire. Instead, you need quality, compelling web content that attracts people and engages them for the long haul.

Clout explains the key principles of influence and how to apply them to web content. Along the way, those principles come to life with practical examples from HowStuffWorks.com, Newell Rubbermaid, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and many more brands. With this book, you'll:

- Discover why a technology feature, marketing campaign, SEO effort, or redesign aren't enough to influence online.
- Understand the business value of compelling web content.
- Learn 8 principles for influence from the art of rhetoric and the science of psychology.
- Find out what context is and why it's so important to influence.
- Jump start your planning for content with a content brief.
- Learn how to evaluate your web content and determine whether it's making a difference.

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