Required textbook

C. Shapiro and H. Varian, Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy, Harvard Business School Press, 1998.

Optional textbooks

If you are not very familiar with some of the technical underpinnings of the course, the following text will be helpful. Pointers to sections in this book will be provided as optional readings:
D.G. Messerschmitt, Understanding Networked Applications: A First Course, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 1999.
Here is a shorter (and cheaper) version of the book:
D.G. Messerschmitt, Networked Applications: A Guide to the New Computing Infrastructure, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 1999.

You can buy the books from local bookstores, or online:

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