- Hardcover: 326 pages
- Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing (11 May 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 185788258X
- ISBN-13: 978-1857882582
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.1 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,473,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Electronic B@Zaar: From the Silk Road to the E-road Hardcover – 11 May 2000
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Robin Bloor's Electronic B@zaar is in many ways an object lesson in how to write a thoroughly modern management book. It's central idea is quite simple--that just as the Silk Road was once the world's great trade route, so the e-Road is poised to become our own trading highway. Obviously true to anyone who knows anything. But it isn't the idea that makes this a winner. It's all the intriguing tangents, tall tales, yarns, observations and gems that make this shine. If you're old enough, think James Burke and you have it. So here we get references to George Lucas, the death of Hollywood, Mao (little red book), alligator pools in Florida, Chaucer (good chap) and even the Church of Scientology. All of this strung together around some central ideas and metaphors--that the world has turned upside down, that we can buy anything from anywhere, that the Internet levels the playing field and so on. It's all written in a fresh, engaging way and includes some good stories about Internet dating and Internet communities. --Steve Morris
"A valuable perspective on the forces of change that will drive the Internet economy worldwide. Every business professional should hear what Robin has to say." -- Timothy Chou, President, Oracle Online
'...meaningful, superb, rich, detailed, controversial, misguided, over-ambitious, well-researched, enthusiastic content.' -- e.Business, September 2000
'Useful and instructive. Some of this is to do with historical perspective. This takes the reader back both to Gutenberg and the origins of double entry book keeping, teaching ironical lessons along the way... more, though, has to do with Bloor's shrewd eye for how the e-world works in practice... Many of the political ideas in the book - the role of the Internet in undermining central goverment, for example - look seriously interesting.' (selecting The Electronic Bazaar as book of the week.) -- Sunday Times, 28 May, 2000
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Encompassing such topical subjects as the influence of the Linux operating system, the role of application service providers, and the rise of electronic marketplaces, The Electronic B@zaar is notable for its immediacy - a factor, however, which may limit its relevance in the longer term.
In terms of practical advice, the book confines itself to discussing broad issues relevant across a range of market verticals, rather than attempting to provide step-by-step action plans. For example, it provides a useful starting point for discussions on ebusiness branding, Web site performance, and online traffic monitoring - topics that may ultimately distinguish a stellar Internet strategy from a merely competent one.
A word of warning, though: this book is not a quick and easy read for busy managers looking for immediate answers. It demands a more leisurely and flexible attitude from the reader. For example, Bloor's wide-ranging approach to setting the Internet within a broader historical context - an approach that discusses, for example, the influence of the publication of the Gutenberg Bible in 1455 - may prove frustrating, even irritating, to those who are reading it on a need-to-know basis. As a result, while The Electronic B@zaar is unlikely to be classed as a must read' by many industry professionals, it should appear high on their reading lists.
The ten chapters:
From the Silk Road to the eRoad
The Mad Hatter's eParty
The Flight of the Roast Chicken
Leveling the Playing Fields
Apples from Alaska
Of Markets and B@zarrs
EConstructing the Enterprise
The Alligator Pools
A World Tuned Upside Down
Robin starts from first principles on each topic (it can at first seem like he is stating the obvious) however soon moves on to the present and gives very compelling reasoning for his view of the future of the Internet and its impact on business.
Many people might think that the 'Internet land grab' is over and to an extent the 'brick and mortar' world is muscling in to reclaim their own from the 'click and mortar' world which sprung up whilst they were sleeping. However, anyone who has a desire to start a 'net business could not fail to be excited by the many future opportunities to which Robin alludes in this excellent book.
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