Friday, June 19, 2009
What Are E-Products?
You may have heard the term E-Products and E-Commerce and might be wondering exactly what they are and what that is?
Well, E-Commerce is simply the buying and selling of goods and services on the Internet (i.e. the World Wide Web or www). E-commerce and E-business are used interchangeably and stand for the same time.
E-Products are products which can be digitally encoded then transmitted electronically over the Internet. In effect, an e-product is a digitized product that is sent electronically from the seller to the buyer via various file formats. The formats can be read on a computer screen, read and opened using various types of software, transmitted and opened using a specialized device like an MP3 player or Kindle, downloaded for use in graphics programs, or read using a special reader such as the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader. Most new computers come with the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader already installed.
For online retail selling, the term E-tailing is sometimes used and refers to E-goods or E-products.
Anything that can be digitized can be an e-product. For example, an e-pattern is a regular pattern that is created in .PDF (i.e. Portable Document Format) format so it can be read and transmitted digitally over the computer. It looks exactly the same as a print pattern would except it's viewable over the computer screen and is stored in a computer file instead of being stored on paper. It can be saved to your computers hard drive and printed via the printer connected to your computer. It is sent to you via the Internet versus via the U.S. Post Office.
So, what else could be an E-product? Well, there's a lot. So, hold onto your hats!
You can have E-books, E-article, E-cards, E-comics, E-classes, E-magazines or E-zines, E-graphics, E-printables, E-patterns, E-photo's, E-software, E-artwork, E-video's, E-music, E-websets, E-labels, E-tags, E-templates, E-catalogs, E-brochures, E-pamphlets, E-doodles, E-stitcheries, MP3 files, podcasts, etc.
E-Products can be sent as attachments to an email or they can be "instantly downloaded" by the customer themselves after they are paid for. Or, once they have been paid for they can provide a link to an otherwise password protected website such as for an e-class.
If you are thinking of selling online and have products that are conducive to being digitized and sold then you should seriously consider selling them as e-products.