We’ve been through every phase with crypto — the hype, the letdown and other extremes.
Those who were strong believers in 2017 of the future of cryptocurrency have begun to have their downs as the hype died down. While the rise may be gradual, technologies in cryptocurrency continue to develop and it is important to remain educated in our evolving world. Even if you aren’t ready to invest in cryptocurrency, you can start investing for free in these books from your local library.
If terms like blockchain and smart contracts are still confusing to you, then take this summer to read our favorite choices of cryptocurrency books for beginners.
1. Blockchain Revolution by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott
This is a fantastic place to start for those curious about the history of Bitcoin and the current level of existence blockchain has in society today. The basic fundamentals of this advanced technology are broken down for the readers, exploring the technical aspects using examples and easy to follow illustrations.
Don Tapscott, best known for his book Wikinomics, pairs with his son on this book to help readers understand the power of blockchain technology of our future. The Tapscott father and son duo create a wonderful place for beginners to start when exploring blockchain.
2. Digital Gold by Nathaniel Popper
This book covers the important players who really inspired the very beginnings of Bitcoin. The first cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, was created by Satoshi Nakamoto, a pseudonym for an anonymous person. Popper is a reporter for the New York Times who unravels his conversations with upscale people in the industry, which lead to the creation of Bitcoin.
3. The Trust Machine: The Blockchain and The Future of Everything by Michael J. Casey and Paul Vigna
Casey and Vigna take a more external view of how blockchain technology is shaping our world.
The worldly outlook of this book focuses on the blockchain prism. It also dives into problems we face with privacy in the world today. The Truth Machine goes over various benefits of blockchain as well as what blockchain has the potential to do for our future.
4. Blockchain Basics by Daniel Drescher
This non-technical novel serves as a great first introduction for those looking to understand the ins and outs of blockchain. Drescher gives an analytical 25-steps that explains the technical details behind blockchain.
No previous programming knowledge is required to understand the book, making it beloved among beginners and tech junkies alike.
5. The Age of Cryptocurrency by Paul Vigna and J. Casey
This is another engaging book by Vigna and Casey, serving as a guide for beginners on how bitcoin and digital money are changing the face of our present global economic order.
It analyzes the stories of Bitcoin’s past, and how it will evolve in our future to create an entirely different world. This is a very readable book, great for those who are trying to understand bitcoin for the first time.
6. Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond by Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar
Perhaps what intrigues you to most about cryptocurrencies is the investment opportunities associated with the industry. This is a great beginner guide in into how to approach cryptocurrencies as an investor, and the intricate strategies to be successful in doing so.
7. Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies: A Comprehensive Introduction by Nayayanan et al.
If you are looking to grasp the ideas about Internet Money, then this is a great place to start. Five authors came together in this book to help readers better understand the core concepts about the technology behind cryptocurrency technologies. This book is perfect for all readers, from students to software developers to those looking for an educational read. Topics range from mining, altcoins, the politics of Bitcoin, where Bitcoin is headed, and much more.
The blockchain industry will change how our world functions eventually, and until we get there it is important that we educate ourselves to better understand the future of our economy and technology.
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