If the concepts behind blockchain and cryptocurrency are all new to you, these books will help you learn the basics.
Book descriptions courtesy of Amazon.
- The Bitcoin Standard by Saifedean Ammous
Economist Saifedean Ammous walks readers through the fascinating history of the technologies of money and explores what gave these technologies their monetary role, how they lost it, what that teaches us about the desirable features of money, and how Bitcoin is designed to improve on these technologies.
2. Blockchain Revolution by Don and Alex Tapscott
In this revelatory book, Don and Alex Tapscott bring us a brilliantly researched, highly readable, and essential book about the technology driving the future of the economy. As with major paradigm shifts that preceded it, blockchain technology will create winners and losers. This book shines a light on where it can lead us in the next decade and beyond.
3. The Book of Satoshi by Phil Champagne
The Book of Satoshi provides a convenient way to parse through what Bitcoin’s creator wrote over the span of the two years that constituted his “public life” before he disappeared from the Internet … at least under the name Satoshi Nakamoto. Want to learn more about Bitcoin? Go directly to the source — the writings of the creator himself.
4. The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains by Antony Lewis
Dive into the world of cryptocurrency with confidence with this comprehensive introduction. Readers will learn about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology and how it works, the working of the cryptocurrency market, and the evolution and potential impacts of Bitcoin and blockchains on global businesses.
5. The Age of Cryptocurrency by Paul Vigna & Michael J. Casey
Wall Street journalists Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey demystify cryptocurrency―its origins, its function, and what you need to know to navigate a cyber-economy. The digital currency world will look very different from the paper currency world; The Age of Cryptocurrency will teach you how to be ready.
6. Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy by Melanie Swan
Bitcoin is starting to come into its own as a digital currency, but the blockchain technology behind it could prove to be much more significant. This book takes you beyond the currency (“Blockchain 1.0”) and smart contracts (“Blockchain 2.0”) to demonstrate how the blockchain is in position to become the fifth disruptive computing paradigm after mainframes, PCs, the Internet, and mobile/social networking.
7. The Internet of Money by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
While many books explain the how of bitcoin, The Internet of Money delves into the why of bitcoin. Acclaimed information-security expert Andreas M. Antonopoulos examines and contextualizes the significance of bitcoin through a series of essays spanning the exhilarating maturation of this technology. Andreas goes beyond exploring the technical functioning of the bitcoin network by illuminating bitcoin’s philosophical, social, and historical implications.
8. Bubble or Revolution? by Neel Mehta, Adi Agashe, and Parth Detroja
Some experts say that cryptocurrencies and blockchains are just a scam; others say they’re “the most important invention since the internet.” It’s hard to tell who’s right. Authored by Product Managers from Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, Bubble or Revolution cuts through the hype to offer a balanced, comprehensive, and accessible analysis of blockchains and cryptocurrencies.
9. Blockchain Basics by Daniel Drescher
In 25 concise steps, you will learn the basics of blockchain technology. No mathematical formulas, program code, or computer science jargon is used. No previous knowledge in computer science, mathematics, programming, or cryptography is required. Terminology is explained through pictures, analogies, and metaphors.
10. Cryptoassets by Chris Burniske & Jack Tatar
The innovative investor’s guide to an entirely new asset class — from two experts on the cutting edge. In addition to offering smart investment strategies, this authoritative resource will help you understand how these assets were created, how they work, and how they are evolving amid the blockchain revolution.