The blockchain and cryptocurrency sector has continued to grow over the years which has resulted in numerous books being written on the subject. In a market saturated with hundreds of blockchain books, it can be a daunting task to find the right books that are worth reading.
In this review, you will be introduced to the top ten best blockchain books. The books have been ranked using their GoodReads.com reader’s rankings.
Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies
Mastering Bitcoin is written by a computer scientist, Andreas Antonopoulos, who is a celebrated figure in the bitcoin community. The author gives a well-detailed explanation of how the blockchain works and how bitcoin functions. The book, however, is quite technical and may not be suitable for bitcoin or blockchain newbies. But is a great read for techies such as programmers, system admins, technical support specialists and security specialists.
The book explains the technical substructure of bitcoin as well as other digital currencies, data structures, basics of cryptography, mining mechanisms, and network protocols. Mastering Bitcoin can also be used as a textbook to teach courses on cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin.
GoodReads.com reader’s ranking: 4.8
The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking
The Bitcoin Standard by Saifedean Ammous takes a look at the historical context that has brought forth the rise of bitcoin, the economic properties that have led to its rapid growth and bitcoin’s political, economic and social implications.
He outlines the properties of money from a historical perspective and the evolvement of what we term money today as well as how these technologies got their monetary role, setting the stage for an economic discussion of its aftermath.
The book provides a wealth of information and is well-researched without focusing too much on the technical details of bitcoin.
GoodReads.com reader’s ranking: 4.3
Blockchain Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction in 25 Steps
Blockchain Basics by Daniel Drescher introduces readers to the world of blockchain technology in a simple yet uncomplicated way. Unlike the book Mastering Bitcoin, readers do not need prior technical knowledge in order to understand what blockchain technology is as the book does not use any code, mathematical formulas or computer science related jargon. Instead, Drescher uses pictures, metaphors, and analogies to explain terminologies within his book.
This is arguably one of the best books that a newbie interested in understanding blockchain technology can purchase as it does a great job of bridging the gap between technical blockchain books and business-focused books.
GoodReads.com reader’s ranking: 4.1
The Book of Satoshi: The Collected Writings of Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto
The Book of Satoshi by Phil Champagne is an exhaustive compilation of all the publications that were ever posted online by Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto. The book details bitcoin’s creation and also includes “Satoshi Nakamoto Emails and Posts on Computer Forums Presented in Chronological Order, Bitcoin Fundamentals Presented in Layman’s Terms, Bitcoin’s Potential and Profound Economic Implications and The Seminal Paper Which Started It All.”
The book gives an interesting look into the original blockchain creation and the thoughts and principles that were used in creating it. The Book of Satoshi is ideal for anyone interested in learning about bitcoin’s past and Satoshi Nakamoto.
GoodReads.com reader’s ranking: 4.1
Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum & Smart Contracts
Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain was authored by David Gerard, who is a blockchain and bitcoin skeptic. In his book, he covers the history and origins of bitcoin as well as other cryptocurrencies to date, the 2017 crypto bubble, and the ICO craze as well as the attempts to apply blockchain technology and smart contracts to business. He also covers a case study of the blockchain technology in the music industry plus challenges being faced by the digital currency sector.
With his arguments on how the sector struggles, he allows readers to be their own judge about the blockchain.
GoodReads.com reader’s ranking: 4.0