If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. ― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
This is the famous quote that I imbibe in my life and even more so when it comes to the realm of cryptocurrencies and blockchain.
Blockchain & crypto are two rapidly evolving technologies, what was true a few weeks back has changed now and what is true now is sure to change in coming days.
I should rather use the word evolve instead of change but anyways let’s get to the point.
Why am I saying this?
Well, because there are several good books on the subject of Bitcoin and blockchain that you can read to stay ahead of the crowd.
Already, there is only a handful of world’s population who is involved in crypto, but a majority of it is here because of the money.
But if you want to separate yourself from the heard of sheep, as I have done, then you should have these best books on Bitcoin and blockchain in your kitty.
Now without a further add-on:
Here is the list, in no particular order, of the best Bitcoin and blockchain books which will be well worth your time and money.
Best Blockchain, Bitcoin, & Cryptocurrency Books In 2019
#1. Blockchain Revolution [Blockchain]
What to deep dive into usecases of blockchain?
Well, Blockchain Revolution is for you then.
Recommended by Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft Corporation, who says “This book has had an enormous impact on the evolution of blockchain in the world.”
The book is written by the father and son duo-Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott both of them who are well versed in the business world.
The book is for anyone from an expert to a beginner who wants to understand the possible applications of blockchain in the field of finance, arts, music, governance, transport, etc.
- Dan Schulman, CEO, Paypal
- Marc Andreessen, co-founder, Netscape
#2. Blockchain Basics [Blockchain]
Blockchain Basics-A Non-Technical Introduction in 25 Steps is precisely what its title says.
Written by Daniel Drescher, is the best intro to blockchain in easy 25 steps without using mathematical formulas, codes or complicated jargons.
No previous knowledge of maths or computers is needed to digest this book.
By reading this book, you will learn: what the blockchain is? Why it is needed and what problem it solves? Why there is so much excitement around it? How various components of the blockchain work? Its limitations, why they exist, and what has been done to overcome them…
#3. Bitcoin Standard [Bitcoin]
Are you a Bitcoin fan who is looking for the best Bitcoin primer?
Well, this book is for you then.
And let me be honest:
I had never appreciated Bitcoin so much before reading this book.
This books stressed the importance of Bitcoin from an Austrian economics perspective and how it can be the decentralized alternative to central banking.
Written by Saifedean Ammous, a Professor of Economics at the Lebanese American University and a Bitcoin economist is a colossal book on the history of money, its evolution from stones to Bitcoin.
If you're short on money or time, Yorick has pretty much summarized my entire book for you in this thread. https://t.co/lydj7JFlLK
— Saifedean Ammous (@saifedean) April 15, 2018
But I would recommend you to get yourself a copy of this book and thank me later because it will first make you question what money is? And then teach you about the hardest form of money we have seen so far, i.e., Bitcoin.
#4. The Internet Of Money [Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency]
While many of the books on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies tell what they are? But this 2 part volume of The Internet Of Money goes a step further in answering the paramount question of, why Bitcoin?
This book is by Andreas M. Antonopoulos, avid speaker on the subject of Bitcoin and open permissionless blockchains since 2013.
The books have compiled his most popular talks and given it a nice flow so that all types of readers can appreciate this revolutionary technology.
The excerpts from his speeches like Introduction to Bitcoin; Blockchain vs. Bullshit; Fake News, Fake Money; Currency Wars; Bubble Boy and the Sewer Rat; Rocket Science and Ethereum’s Killer App; and many more have been well documented in this book.
Note: The Internet Of Money is one of the best bitcoin audiobooks available in the market because it is totally free.
- Balaji Srinivasan, CEO 21.co
- Marc Andreessen, co-founder, Netscape
#5. The Age Of Cryptocurrency [Cryptocurrency]
This book presents one of the best introduction to cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin in general.
Written by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey (both from the Wall Street Journal), is one of the earliest and thorough books to be written on the subject of cryptocurrencies.
In this book, the author describes how Bitcoin and blockchain are challenging the economic order. The book though was written four years back holds some significance now also which is unusual in this rapidly changing space.
So if you are looking for a cryptocurrency and blockchain 101 on a high level, you should go for this book but this book certainly not recommended for advanced users, who have an understanding of blockchain already.
- Bitcoin Magazine
- The Washington Post
#6. Cryptoassets [Cryptocurrencies]
This book is for cryptocurrency investors.
We all know Bitcoin was the first cryptoasset, but now there are more than 2000 of them. So it isn’t easy to navigate this realm from an investment point of view when you have so much to look at.
This best book on cryptocurrency trading and investing provide a framework for crypto investors as for how to invest in cryptoassets like Bitcoin and beyond.
The book is by Chris Burniske, partner @placeholdervc, a New York venture firm that invests in decentralized information networks especially for crypto investors who want an actionable framework, portfolio management tips, as well as practical guides to exchanges, wallets, capital market vehicles, and ICOs.
- Harry Max Markowitz, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics
- Balaji Srinivasan, CEO 21.co
#7. The Book Of Satoshi [Bitcoin]
‘The Book Of Satoshi’ is an interesting book that has collected all the writings of Bitcoin’s creator-Satoshi Nakamoto.
For those of you who don’t know Satoshi, this an excellent book to start but let me tell you a truth:
We don’t know who Satoshi Nakamoto is… yet.
It could be a person or a group of people, but no one knows really. All we have is; his’ digital persona that he has left in the form his writings from the early days of Bitcoin.
In this book, the author Phil Champagne has collected all the Satoshi Nakamoto emails, posts on computer forums, Bitcoin fundamentals presented in layman’s terms, Bitcoin’s potential, profound economic implications, the seminal paper which started it all in chronological order.
- John W. Ratcliff, Let’s Talk Bitcoin
- Kevin Cruz, Bitcoin Magazine
#8. Mastering Bitcoin [Bitcoin]
Are you look for the best technical introduction to blockchain and Bitcoin?
Well, I have saved this book for you then.
Mastering Bitcoin is for anyone who knows what Bitcoin is theoretically and now wants to dwell on its technical front.
This book is also by Andreas M. Antonopoulos- who happens to be a developer and security engineer himself. That’s why he has written this book for technical nerds like him, who wish to learn programming open blockchains like Bitcoin.
As a developer, you can expect to learn details of Bitcoin network, wallets, keys, Segregated Witness, Payment Channels, and Lightning Network, etc. by reading this book.
Note: This Bitcoin book is on GitHub also and is one of the best books of developers.
#9. Mastering Ethereum [Cryptocurrency]
Want to deep dive into Ethereum and DApps?
Well, Mastering Ethereum is just for you.
Written by again the Bitcoin and blockchain guru himself Andreas M. Antonopoulos and Ethereum’s co-creator Gavin Wood, this book provides a very holistic view for building DApps and smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain.
The book will teach you about how to build applications without a central point of failures and give you insights on solidity and Ethereum’s virtual machine.
- Lane Rettig, Ethereum Core Developer
- Alex Van de Sande, Ethereum Foundation
Which One Are The Best Bitcoin & Blockchain Books To Read?
Well, in my opinion, all of these books are the best in the business if you want to amass a lot of knowledge in the crypto and blockchain sphere.
But if you are just starting then I would recommend you these three:
- The Bitcoin Standard
- Blockchain Revolution
- The Book Of Satoshi
Also, a thing to remember is that this revolution will not be overnight and there will be highs/lows in between.
That’s why if you don’t want to be intimidated by the short term picture and embrace the long-term prosperity that this technology offers then you must read these books.
So that’s it from my side in this edition of blockchain and Bitcoin books. If you have read any interesting books on this subject, do share it with us in the comments section below:)
- Best Blockchain, Bitcoin, & Cryptocurrency Books In 2019
- #1. Blockchain Revolution [Blockchain]
- #2. Blockchain Basics [Blockchain]
- #3. Bitcoin Standard [Bitcoin]
- #5. The Age Of Cryptocurrency [Cryptocurrency]
- #6. Cryptoassets [Cryptocurrencies]
- #7. The Book Of Satoshi [Bitcoin]
- #8. Mastering Bitcoin [Bitcoin]
- #9. Mastering Ethereum [Cryptocurrency]