Bitcoin and blockchain are inherently very technical subjects. We try to list some books that are less technical for the folks to get started on. Leave comments below on your thoughts on the books!
Blockchain technology is powering our future. As the technology behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, open software platforms like Ethereum, and disruptive companies like Ripple, it’s too important to ignore. In this revelatory book, Don Tapscott, the bestselling author of Wikinomics, and his son, blockchain expert Alex Tapscott, bring us a brilliantly researched, highly readable, and essential book about the technology driving the future of the economy.
Nathaniel Popper has written a number of key articles on the bitcoin space for the New York Times. This book was a long-term investigation into the people making bitcoin happen and strings various threads from Xapo and Wences Casares journey to Charlie Shrem and Mark Karpeles at Mt Gox. A brilliant writing style keeps you hooked as the various intricacies and unfolding stories of bitcoins timeline are unraveled. This is one of the key books on bitcoin to get a full understanding of how it got to where it is today.
If you want to learn how the blockchain works in general, what its components are, on what principles it is based on then this book is great. Besides the title, the book is actually quite technical, but it does not use any mathematical formula or programming code and it avoids tech-speech or tech jargon.
This is a sort of almanac of bitcoin stories with various angles and short but information-rich stories and snippets — various contributing authors BitcoinMagasine.com and Motherboard.com give the book its style and flavor. The book covers key people — the nature of VC funding in the industry — key partnerships that industry players have made — a look at mining chips — the wealth distribution effect in bitcoin and more. Again a clear style means the book is a pick up — read a chapter and learn something new to flesh out your understanding of another small corner of the bitcoin ecosystem. Well worth sticking on your shelf.
While many books explain the how of bitcoin, The Internet of Money delves into the why of bitcoin. Acclaimed information-security expert and author of Mastering Bitcoin, Andreas M. Antonopoulos examines and contextualizes the significance of bitcoin through a series of essays spanning the exhilarating maturation of this technology.