The Five Best Blockchain Books
Whether you are a newcomer to the blockchain or an old hand, there is plenty to learn. Perhaps you come from the business side and want to learn more about the technology. Maybe it’s the reverse. Whatever your level of knowledge there are plenty of books that can help you to learn more. Here are the best five:
- Blockchain Revolution by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott
Father and son Don and Alex Tapscott set out the case for blockchain in this very readable book. The pair take the view that Bitcoin is just the beginning and explain how distributed ledger technology could radically change many aspects of public life. Don is a leading technologist, whose book Wikinomics was one of the first to explore the power of networks. His son is a financial analyst and technologist.
- Blockchain by Melanie Swan
As founder of the Institute for Blockchain Studies, Melanie Swan is well placed to comment on the impact of blockchain. Similar to the Tapscotts’ book, this explains how blockchain will expand beyond cryptocurrencies but it also offers a more technical guide to the key concepts.
- The Business Blockchain by William Mougayar
While the two books above have examined the broad, society-wide effects of blockchain technology, this one looks more narrowly at the effects on business. William Mougayar has been an entrepreneur, investor, consultant and analyst, so he’s able to really dig down into how businesses can use this technology. He challenges businesses to look for the new opportunities opened up by decentralised services.
- Blockchain Basics by Daniel Drescher
The big advantage of this book is that it’s a non-technical introduction to the blockchain. Over 25 steps, author Daniel Drescher explains the basics in a way that does not require previous knowledge of computer science, maths or cryptography. This is a great ‘teach yourself’ guide for anyone coming to blockchain technology without a tech background. At the end of it, you’ll understand all the key concepts and will be ready to move on to more technical guides.
- Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain by David Gerard
David Gerard is a Bitcoin and blockchain sceptic but that’s why this book is worth adding to your list. He covers most of the main criticisms of the technology – energy consumption, the tendency to “hodl” Bitcoin rather than use it as currency, the prevalence of scams and more. If you’re going to be involved in the blockchain then it’s worth being aware of the criticisms and considering your response.
The best of the rest
If you’ve read the above and still want more then here are another five books that come highly recommended: The Age of Cryptocurrency by Paul Vigna and Michael J Casey; Mastering Bitcoin by Andreas M Antonopoulos; Digital Gold by Nathaniel Popper; The Science of the Blockchain by Roger Wattenhofer and The Book of Satoshi by Phil Champagne.