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Chapter 1. Introduction > What Do We Mean by “Internet Commerce”?

What Do We Mean by “Internet Commerce”?

So far, we have used the term Internet commerce generally, without being specific about what it means. Because it means different things to different people, we want to be precise about what it means in this book. By Internet commerce, we mean the use of the global Internet for purchase and sale of goods and services, including service and support after the sale. The Internet may be an efficient mechanism for advertising and distributing product information (sometimes called brochureware in the trade), but our focus is on enabling complete business transactions.

Other Types of Electronic Commerce

Internet commerce is but one type of the more general electronic commerce. Electronic commerce has a much longer history, although much of it was behind the scenes, typically linking suppliers to large manufacturers or service organizations. Speaking broadly, electronic commerce includes the use of computing and communication technologies in the financial business, online airline reservation systems, order processing, inventory management, and so on.


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