If you watched the news for the last couple of years, there’s a very good chance you’ve come across cryptocurrencies and even heard about the “blockchain”, the concept upon which they are built. Learning what cryptocurrencies are, what their role is, and how can blockchain tech change our lives for the better cannot be any easier, as the Internet provides a staggering amount of information.
However, if you’re not the type of person who likes staring at a smartphone or computer screen in order to get your daily dose of info, then books might prove to be a far better alternative. And, when it comes to books about cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin, it’s safe to say that there’s no shortage of good options out there.
If that’s the case, we hope you enjoy our list of top Bitcoin books to read in 2019:
Digital Gold, Nathaniel Popper
Nathaniel Popper is a New York Times business reporter who wrote one of the most interesting and most novice-accessible books on the matter of Bitcoin. The book is heavily focused on the history of Bitcoin and the social movement it managed to stir up. If you want to get a proper feel for Bitcoin’s timeline, as well as to accustom yourself with some of the most important names associated with the father of all cryptocurrencies, then Digital Gold is definitely for you.
You will be introduced to important figures such as an Argentinian millionaire, the famous twin brothers, as well as Bitcoin’s mysterious creator, Satoshi Nakamoto. The book has no shortage of plot twists, and even includes tales of hitmen, digital drug exchanges, and blackmail, everything related to Bitcoin’s history.
The Internet of Money – Volume Two, Andreas Antonopoulos
The second volume is regarded by many to be even better than the first book that Andreas Antonopoulos, the famous speaker, educator, and Bitcoin expert has written. This book takes what can seem as very complex concepts of Bitcoin and blockchain and translates it into everyday language.
Once you finish the book, you will not only have a better understanding of Bitcoin, but you’ll also glimpse the true potential of blockchains. Additionally, readers can benefit from a quick Q&A with audience members and the most frequently asked questions.
The Age of Cryptocurrency, Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey
The Age of Cryptocurrency is another very good choice for any crypto enthusiast that is just starting out. It provides you with a clear view of Bitcoin’s past, details the current situation, and aims to gimp into the future.
The book is also focused on providing its readers with numerous examples of how disruptive blockchain and crypto tech can really be, with tons of real-life examples.
The Bitcoin Standard, Saifedean Ammous
The Bitcoin Standard is probably the most complete book about Bitcoin, especially when it comes to providing its users with a clear understanding of the grand scheme of things. During the lecture, the book takes its readers on a journey through of most assets this world has ever seen. You will learn about all the technologies that served as functional money such as metals, coins, as well as learn more about modern-day debt issues.
Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to learn everything there is to know about Bitcoin, and its decentralized structure, about the blockchain, as well as about the ways it can be linked to typical money. The book also touches on the delicate subjects of Bitcoin mining, Bitcoin’s involvement in the criminal sphere, as well as other of the cryptocurrencies’ biggest criticisms.
Mastering Bitcoin, Andreas Antonopoulos
There may have gone past a few years since Andreas Antonopoulos release its book called Mastering Bitcoin, a book especially aimed at programmers and developers who want to get an initial feel for the phenomenon that is Bitcoin.
The book does a good job at covering the technical foundations and basics of Bitcoin and decentralized networks. Readers will learn about all the nuts and bolts of Bitcoin, including about the Lightning Network, a tech that promises to solve some of Bitcoin’s biggest problems such as scalability and high fees.
Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies: A Comprehensive Introduction
Co-authored by five people, this is probably one of the best books to start your cryptocurrency journey with. It’s a very well-rounded read as it, touches on all sorts of interesting aspects of Bitcoin, not to mention on Bitcoin’s community and politics.
The Business Blockchain, William Mougayar
William Mougayar is an entrepreneur very passionate about all the technologies behind cryptocurrencies, a fact that becomes evident considering his book is written more for executives and managers looking to boost their businesses through the usage of blockchain rather than the average Bitcoin enthusiast.
This book is recommended especially to readers who already have a decent amount of financial knowledge, as it touches on various interesting and complex subjects such as the implications of blockchains on financial services.
We hope you enjoy our list of some of the top Bitcoin books to read in 2018. Happy reading!