Truly understanding cryptocurrency can seem daunting and intimidating. Where to start? How deep should you go? We believe that understanding crypto an important step is towards mass adoption. Therefore, we have created the following collection of reading materials for those who want to dip their toes in the crypto-pool.
There’s a wide variety of cryptocurrency books in the market. Where some explain the basics, others dive deep into the (hard to understand) underlying technology. There are no shortcuts if you really want to get in-depth knowledge on the blockchain and cryptocurrencies. It takes time and lots of information to really understand cryptocurrency, so a bit of dedication is required. To help you get started we have selected several books ranging from beginner-friendly to the extremely technical ones.
The Age of Cryptocurrency by Paul Vigna and Michael Casey
Although cryptocurrency and blockchain technology is relatively new, a lot of experts think that we are on the verge of a paradigm shift. An economic revolution, with cryptocurrency and blockchain technology at the heart of everything. This book explains how it all started and where it might end. The best thing about it, it explains these topics in an easy to understand fashion.
The Bitcoin Standard by Saifedean Ammous
This book gives a clear understanding of why Bitcoin was created, how the current banking system functions, and why cryptocurrency is so important for the future. Hailed as the ‘Bitcoin Bible’, the book written by Saifedean Ammous is considered a must-read.
The Internet of Money by Andreas Antonopoulos
The Internet of Money is a book written by Andreas Antonopoulos, a leading blockchain expert. This book covers the importance of bitcoin and why it is necessary that such a development took place in times like these. Through a collection of lectures, Antonopoulos describes the historical, social and economic problems that could potentially be solved with the help of this revolutionary technology. The reason this book is higher on the list comes from the fact that Andreas Antonopoulos uses more advanced terms. Some prior knowledge would be handy.
Blockchain Revolution by Dan and Alex Tapscott
To fully understand the implications of the blockchain as separate development from cryptocurrency we would recommend the Blockchain Revolution written by Dan and Alex Tapscott. This book focuses more on the actual and potential use cases of the blockchain technology. It also shows us the possible future of certain industries and how the blockchain will change their conduct of business.
Blockchain: Blueprint for a new economy by Melanie Swan
Another suggestion for getting a better understanding of the blockchain is the book written by Melanie Swan: Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy. The book covers the application of blockchain in the industries where it could have the most positive impact namely: the government, software, healthcare and research sector. Similarly, to the Blockchain Revolution it tries to show how much impact this development will have on our future.
The Business Blockchain by William Mougayar
This book is a recommendation for after you have read either the Blockchain Revolution or Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy. It goes more in-depth about how the blockchain will impact the financial industry. Since the blockchain has the biggest potential usage in the financial sector it is a very interesting read for the people who already grasp the basic knowledge behind the blockchain.
Mastering Bitcoin / Mastering Ethereum by Andreas Antonopoulos
If you want to know more about the technical aspects of bitcoin or ethereum, we suggest reading this book written by Andreas Antonopoulos. It covers the details of the cryptographic methods used to encrypt the data and the technical details of how the peer-to-peer network operates. We must warn you that to understand this book you should have some basic knowledge of cryptography, mathematics, or coding.
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