E-Books Help to Run E-Businesses
Electronic books available at www.web.gov.pl are a source of an exceptionally useful knowledge, especially for those running or planning to run an e-business. But not only. The large number of books gathered in one spot form a sort of a virtual library available to anyone wishing to broaden their knowledge in the area of economics and Internet.
The site offers nearly fifty e-books (status as at October 2010). They are all worth reading for several reasons. Firstly, out of sheer curiosity. The collection includes e.g. a very interesting, although short study regarding the development of blog zones in Poland and worldwide. Secondly, to find an idea for an e-business. The study entitled “The Development of the E-Services Sector Around the World” may serve as a mine of ideas. Another study entitled “Business Models of E-Services” may prove useful before setting up one’s own business. Thirdly, to solve a concrete problem. How and if to use Saas – Software as a Service”? What should “Business Justification for Internet Ventures” look like and what should its characteristic features be? These are only two of many questions that reading www.web.gov.pl e-books should bring answers to. Finally, to broaden or complement one’s knowledge on the different aspects of running a business on the Internet.
Most of the publications have been created under the project entitled “Launching of a Multifunctional Internet Communication Platform Supporting the Performance of Tasks Under Measures 8.1 and 8.2 of the Operational Program Innovative Economy.” The project is being carried out by the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.
The virtual library contains mainly short publications, ranging from 10 to 30 pages in length, constituting studies of concrete problems facing people running e-businesses. These publications briefly describe many e-business related issues. One can, for example, read about the legal aspects of having a web-site, find out how to use website visit statistics tools, find out about personal property and information protection on the Internet or read about the nature of the electronic B2B systems market.
The website also offers a few in-depth studies regarding more complex issues, although their titles may not sound very encouraging e.g. “Carrying Out B2B Processes Using ICT Technology,” a handbook offering information valuable for e-companies, addressed particularly to entities applying for funds under measure 8.1. OP IE or those which have already been granted such funds.
Some of the publications form comprehensive series. For example, some of them discuss the legal aspects of using the Internet and may be viewed as forming a short course in law for people using the Internet. The readers may count on more books to be added to the course in the future. Another series consists of publications regarding the Internet phenomena. This series is comprised of e.g. an e-book devoted to community websites or a brochure discussing the phenomenon of blogging. Each of them describes the origins of a given phenomenon, the rules governing it, as well as its Polish context. What’s important, the knowledge regarding particular phenomena has been presented in an orderly fashion, offering much help to readers interested in running an e-business, e.g. a new community website.
One of the most popular topics is e-services. A number of publications have been written by a group of three authors (Beata Mazurek-Kucharska, Jacek Kuciński, Radosław Flis) who have participated as experts in preparing a report based on a research on “the demand for activities supporting the development of e-services by micro and small companies,” carried out by Pentor – a research company.
The report from this research is also available on the website. A very special publication is “The Development of the E-Sector Worldwide.” Its authors portray the most popular global e-services, focusing on those that are not yet available in Poland, therefore, this publication may be inspiring for people thinking of opening a new internet business.
To sum up, one should stress two main advantages of this collection of e-books. Firstly, it allows its readers to familiarize themselves with expert knowledge on a range of key e-business related issues. Secondly, some of the publications contain practical knowledge or even tool knowledge. For this reason, they can be treated as handbooks facilitating the running of a business using the Internet. For many people, especially those who have just started running their own business, www.web.gov.pl may prove to be a very useful website.