With the summer behind its time to get back to school! From blockchain and Bitcoin to the high-end trends of the crypto world and the Internet of things, we’ve selected 5 best titles that will enhance your knowledge about the world’s most disruptive and yet unknown industry. This selection is a must-read for all beginners.
The Book Of Satoshi: The Collected Writings of Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto
Publisher: The Book Of Satoshi
Publication date: June 5, 2014
Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto is a mysterious figure. Or better say we do not know if it’s an individual or a group of people hiding under his name. Phil Champagne, software engineer and author of the book, argues that Nakamoto exists only online. He studies Satoshi’s path by tracing online publications that contain information about how Bitcoin was created. The title includes Satoshi’s e-mails and posts on forums, Bitcoin’s potential and profound economic implications and the famous white paper. Though the materials published in the book are generally available online, it is convenient to read them chronologically and with the author’s comments. The book would be interesting for those who already have an idea about Bitcoin and want to dive deeper in the topic. Readers of the title do not need a tech background to follow the author, the language of the book is not overloaded with professional terminology.
Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money
Publication date: May 19, 2015
Shortlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, this title tells the history of the crypto market in a lively manner. The technical content and the nuances of the financial technology are explained in the book accessibly. The author of the book is a New York Times technology and business reporter who had access to the first players on the crypto market. It is a story of Bitcoin told by showing vivid portraits of important personalities from the Winklevoss twins, founders of Winkdex, to Ross Ulbricht, creator of the Silk road dark net platform. The author argues that the people, who build the crypto industry back in 2009 where idealists dreaming to create new global and independent currency. Only with the arrival of Silicon Valley inhabitants the crypto market has started to grow. As social movement emerged, the mass hysteria in the media intensified.
How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business and the World
Don Tapscott, Alex Tapscott
Publisher: Portfolio Penguin
Publication date: 26 May 2016
This remains the most popular title on blockchain published so far. Written by Don Tapscott, bestselling author of Wikinomics, The Digital Economy, and Alex Tapscott, CEO and founder of Northwest Passage Ventures, it was released by Penguin and remains an Amazon #1 in online trading category for over a year. This is a general introduction to blockchain. The authors explain technology and make attempts to estimate the meaning of the crypto market rise for our society. The authors describe how blockhains will change the world’s economy, healthcare, legal regulation and payment settlement. The title touches upon the principles of blockchain technology, new business models of the financial digital market, impact on culture and governmental institutions.
Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money are Challenging the Global Economic Order
Paul Vigna, Michael J. Casey
Publication date: 28 Jan. 2016
Another non-tech introduction to the crypto currency market and the blockchain technology. It was one of the first comprehensive studies of blockchain, the Times named it a brilliant guide to the “brave new world” of disruptive technologies. The Authors try to imagine a world without banks or credit cards or even national currencies. They stress upon the possibilities new, democratic, decentralized digital currencies can open. Written by two Wall Street Journal reporters, the title has multidisciplinary approach. The book is very inspiring, even traditionalists may be captured by the unlimited possibilities of blockchain, while the brave would want to proceed with an ICO investment after reading it.
Ethereum: Blockchains, Digital Assets, Smart Contracts, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform;
Publication date: September 8, 2016
This is a title by Henning Diedrich an IBM´s official liaison to the Ethereum core developers. Though it is a self published title we decided to include it in our list. The blockchain industry is developing so fast, that the traditional publishers simply can’t catch up with the changes. Ethereum was launched in the end of 2015 and there are no publications from credible publication to date. Henning Diedrich’s book gives a realistic outlook on the project’s benefits and limitations. The index looks like an FAQ, the book has no water, mainly facts that will help to navigate in the world of crypto market.