Best Cryptocurrency Books to Read in 2020
Cryptocurrency is a complicated subject for newcomers, but there are various literary sources that can make things easier to understand.
Here are some of the best cryptocurrency books that you can use in your journey of learning and understanding the inner-workings of the digital world.
The Book Of Satoshi: The Collected Writings of Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto
by Phil Champagne
The book is a collection of Satoshi Nakamoto’s texts, which explains the creation and evolution of Bitcoin. It also describes the communication mediums used by Satoshi during the inception of Bitcoin and how he established communications with his core team of developers.
The book showcases the process and vision behind the creation of the world’s first crypto. It does not reveal who Satoshi, the creator of Bitcoin, really is, but it does hint based on facts of his identity.
by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
Mastering Bitcoin was released in 2016 by Andreas Antonopoulos, an important figure and proponent of Bitcoin and a researcher of computer security. The book explores the technical aspect of the Bitcoin protocol. It is aimed more for those who have technical understanding due to its deep exploration of the Bitcoin protocol.
Bitcoin: The Future of Money?
by Dominic Frisby
This book explains how cryptocurrencies work in a simple to understand manner. Frisby also superficially describes the technology behind crypto assets and how could this be used by those that lack technical knowledge.
The author also speculates the real identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, proposing some of the most prominent names in the industry that were involved at the beginning of the crypto revolution.
The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order
by Paul Vigna and Michael Casey
This book is one of the most relevant literary creations that touch upon the development of cryptocurrencies. The Age of Cryptocurrencies looks into how digital assets came about and their impact on the global economic hierarchy.
Unlike other cryptocurrency books, this one applies an interesting approach to revealing the use of Bitcoin through the perspective of Afghan women that make their income through inline means. Other subjects that are detailed in the book include the origin of crypto, the status of this emergent industry segment, and who are the big names involved in this sector.
Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies is Changing the World
by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott
The book also looks into how this technology can be applied in various industries, describing vividly how such applications can be used in the real world.
The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology
by William Mougayar
The book caters mostly to executives and managers that have an interest in blockchain. William Mougayar has experience as a researcher in blockchain technology and is also an entrepreneur, so that he explains the use of blockchain from a commercial perspective.
The book explores how blockchain technology can impact financial serves and its appliance to business projects. We would not recommend this book, however, to newbies that are just starting to learn this technology.
Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies: A Comprehensive Introduction
by Arvind Narayanan, Joseph Bonneau, Edward Felten, Andrew Miller, and Steven Goldfeder
The broad target audience of the book includes students, software developers, computer science researchers, and entrepreneurs, as the authors take on different approaches to explaining Bitcoin and cryptos.
You will be able to read about interesting facts about Bitcoin and the underlying technology that led to its existence. It was written by five experts in different fields that explain the subjects in a manner that is comprehensible to anyone.
The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking
by Saifedean Ammous
Written by an economist, the book delves deeper into how Bitcoin can be used as an alternative to centralized financing. Compared to other cryptocurrency books, The Bitcoin Standard explores the impact of Bitcoin from an economic perspective. This may appeal mostly to crypto supporters that have noticed the flaws of the current financial systems.
Other subjects touched upon are the real-world applications of blockchain technology beyond its current industry sector.
Early Bird Gets The Bitcoin: The Ultimate Guide To Everything About Bitcoin
by Andrew K. Courey
The book serves as a great introductory gateway to those interested in Bitcoin. It is ideal for those who are trying to venture into the cryptocurrency world.
The main topics discussed in depth are blockchain technology, initial coin offerings, the Ethereum blockchain project, the origin of Bitcoin, crypto wallets, and the mining process. You also receive tips on how to invest in Bitcoin.
Bitcoin for the Befuddled
by Conrad Barski and Chris Wilmer
This book goes through Bitcoin step-by-step fashion explained in a language that is easy to understand even by those who are not tech-savvy.
Bitcoin for the Befuddled is perfect for those that are just getting their feet wet with Bitcoin. The book details the underlying cryptographic philosophies, the mining process, the history of Bitcoin, its potential effect on trade and commerce, Bitcoin transactions, and blockchain in general.
You will also learn the criteria for choosing a Bitcoin wallet and how to implement Bitcoins as payment in your physical store or on your website.
There are also advanced subjects, such as Bitcoin programming that are touched upon.
by Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Gavin Wood Ph. D.
The book is co-written by famous Bitcoin proponent Andreas Antonopoulos and Gavin Wood. Unlike most cryptocurrency books that focus on Bitcoin, this one is focused on Ethereum, the first blockchain that developed and implemented the concept of smart contracts, which brought forth the era of initial coin offerings (ICOs).
The audience of this book includes system administrators, developers, and enthusiasts that are just looking to understand the Ethereum blockchain.
If you are looking to educate yourself on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, know that there are many cryptocurrency books that you can start reading.
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