Originally published in the ChangeNOW blog
The market of cryptocurrency is gaining momentum like never before. With the price of Bitcoin and the combined market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies setting new records, the interest towards blockchain technologies is at its all-time high. It has been 12 years since Bitcoin was invented by a person (or a group) named Satoshi Nakamoto. In these 12 years, the very growth of blockchain technologies has been driven entirely by innovations. Fortunately, it became more useful, scalable, and more secure.
Since technological innovation is similar to the currency within the crypto market, both developers and investors depend on knowledge. The whole community keeps looking for new books on blockchain technology to keep themselves updated. In this article, we have scanned the vast world of crypto books written so far and came up with some recommendations for all crypto enthusiasts!
In 2015, this book written by a prominent technology and business reporter Nathaniel Popper was shortlisted for the Financial Time and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. The book sums up the history of Bitcoin and the technologies driving it. Also, it shows how the concept of Bitcoin, often associated with utopian ambitions, helped to weave the fabric of social movements.
Initially ridiculed, Bitcoin has then amazed the world by becoming an industry of multi-billion dollars. The book explains how the conviction of Bitcoin users ready to believe in blockchain as the only innovation since the advent of the internet helped it reach monumental heights. The book follows the course of the team that was brought together to develop the very story of Bitcoin. It also includes studying the profiles of Satoshi Nakamoto, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, Ross Ulbricht, etc.
Andreas Antonopoulos has been a crypto-market insider for a really long time. Apart from being one of the most well-known Bitcoin and open blockchain experts, Andreas is the founder of three bitcoin businesses and multiple community open-source projects. His book introduces the idea of Bitcoin and its blockchain to readers with no technical background (for example, business executives and investors). Counted among the foundational cryptography books, “Mastering Bitcoin” also explains the technology keeping developers and software system architects in mind.
To provide an overview of how the world cryptocurrency functions, it elaborates concepts of a decentralized network, peer-to-peer architecture, and transaction lifecycles. The latest edition of the book also covers new tech developments geared towards expanding the notions of segregated witness, payment channels, and lightning networks. The explanations are not far too methodical: the author uses case studies, analogies, and code snippets to make them appear relatable and easily comprehensible.
The book shows how blockchain technology can enable automated tracking of all digital applications. It explains blockchain’s role as the basis of decentralized digital repositories. It also lists the ways in which blockchain can be leveraged to make public services, healthcare record-keeping, and academic publishing less expensive and more efficient. Overall, the book considers blockchain to be a radically shapeshifting computing paradigm.
This book by Antony Lewis still remains a bestseller among all the books related to the natural resources extraction industry. It has four major segments. The first segment helps the reader to gain some knowledge on the history of cryptocurrency and blockchains. The second segment delves a little bit deeper to explain the nuances of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies. The third segment provides a general overview of what blockchain technology is. Finally, the fourth segment would be useful for potential investors and crypto enthusiasts: it explains things everyone must know before buying or investing in cryptocurrencies.
This book is specifically targeted at people who want to take up blockchain development and work as innovation agents. It covers a variety of consensus mechanisms that enable mining and staking. Also, it provides a general overview of crypto-economics, peer-to-peer networks, decentralized ledgers, mining, wallets, and transactions. Since the book goes really deep into development protocols and guidelines, it is supplied with real-life cases and code examples.
Authored by Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar, this book provides a framework one can use to learn more about a crypto asset’s reliability and inherent value. We’re sure it will help investors learn something new about making informed decisions.
The book provides tips and actionable insights on how to navigate the market. Moreover, it shines some light on blockchain technologies suitable for disrupting the current market dynamics.
Claimed to be one of the greatest works on the topic, this book by Michael J. Casey and Paul Vigna shows blockchain as a weapon geared towards reclaiming control over the data we produce. It explains how blockchain can become a gamechanger for thousands of people deprived of using banks by the authorities.