Blockchain is huge. It is a technology that is set to transform a huge part of how we live, work and consume in coming years. The blockchain is probably best known for its use in the world of cryptocurrency, so it is little surprise that there is plenty of focus on this area in most of these blockchain books, but applications go far beyond this.
If you want to learn about the transformations and disruptions that blockchain is about to unleash (and is, in many cases, already doing so) then these books on blockchain are a great place to start. We have covered a diverse range, from those aimed at the total blockchain novice, to those with some understanding, as well as those well-versed and thirsty for more knowledge.
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The reviews of Blockchain Revolution vary between very positive and complaints that the prose is verbose and vague. The best and most comprehensive review, however, comes from a user known as ‘David’ (posted 18.02.18) and is well-worth quoting:
The book is rather like an evening down the pub with fellow technologists. It starts with simple question of what is blockchain. After the second round everyone starts to explore what this technology might mean, as the evening goes on ideas flow fast and thick. All are interesting, some don’t need blockchain and most have implications far beyond technology – changes in society, governments, finance and other areas that impact us all. As the evening draws to an end someone pipes up with “but have you considered …” and the challenges are explored over a final pint. They are big challenges. Not the focused technology ones that many are already tackling, but ones that involve people and change across the globe. Something to mull over on the walk home
This book takes you beyond the currency (“Blockchain 1.0”) and smart contracts (“Blockchain 2.0”) to demonstrate how the blockchain is in position to become the fifth disruptive computing paradigm after mainframes, PCs, the Internet, and mobile/social networking.
Author Melanie Swan, Founder of the Institute for Blockchain Studies, explains that the blockchain is essentially a public ledger with potential as a worldwide, decentralized record for the registration, inventory, and transfer of all assets—not just finances, but property and intangible assets such as votes, software, health data, and ideas.
- Concepts, features, and functionality of Bitcoin and the blockchain
- Using the blockchain for automated tracking of all digital endeavors
- Enabling censorship? Resistant organizational models
- Creating a decentralized digital repository to verify identity
- Possibility of cheaper, more efficient services traditionally provided by nations
- Blockchain for science: making better use of the data-mining network
- Personal health record storage, including access to one’s own genomic data
- Open access academic publishing on the blockchain
Like the currency he created, the identity of Bitcoin’s creator Satoshi Nakamoto is virtual, existing only online. The Nakamoto persona, which may represent an individual or a group, exists only in the online publications that introduced and explained Bitcoin during its earliest days. Here, collected and professionally published for the first time are the essential writings that detail Bitcoin’s creation.
- 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
- The Seminal Paper Which Started It All
The Book of Satoshi provides a convenient way to parse through what Bitcoin’s creator wrote over the span of the two years that constituted his “public life” before he disappeared from the Internet … at least under the name Satoshi Nakamoto. Beginning on November 1st 2009 with the publication of the seminal paper describing Bitcoin, this public life ends at about the time PC World speculated as to a possible link between Bitcoin and WikiLeaks, the infamous website that publishes leaked classified materials. Was there a connection? You be the judge.
Nakamoto’s true identity may never be known. Therefore the writings reproduced here are probably all the world will ever hear from him concerning Bitcoin’s creation, workings, and theoretical basis.
- Discover and understand the foundational elements of blockchain technology
- Feel confident about applying blockchain technology to your own start-up company or current business
- Reduce daily stresses caused by disorganization, security breaches, or missing paperwork
- Be a blockchain user or company-owner who offers and completes quick and reliable transactions
The Business Blockchain charts new territory in advancing our understanding of the blockchain by unpacking its elements like no other before. William Mougayar anticipates a future that consists of thousands, if not millions of blockchains that will enable not only frictionless value exchange, but also a new flow of value, redefining roles, relationships, power and governance.
In this book, Mougayar makes two other strategic assertions. First, the blockchain has polymorphic characteristics; its application will result in a multiplicity of effects. Second, we shouldn’t ask ourselves what problems the blockchain solves, because that gives us a narrow view on its potential. Rather, we should imagine new opportunities, and tackle even more ambitious problems that cross organizational, regulatory and mental boundaries.
Drawing on 34 years of technology industry experience as an executive, analyst, consultant, entrepreneur, startup mentor, author, blogger, educator, thought leader and investor, William Mougayar describes a future that is influenced by fundamental shifts brought by blockchain technology as the catalyst for change.
William Mougayar has been described as the most sophisticated blockchain business thinker. He is a blockchain industry insider whose work has already shaped and influenced the understanding of blockchain for people around the world, via his generous blogging and rigorous research insights. He is a direct participant in the crypto-technology market, working alongside startups, entrepreneurs, pioneers, leaders, innovators, creators, enterprise executives and practitioners; in addition to being an investor, advisor, and board member in some of the leading organizations in this space, such as the Ethereum Foundation, OpenBazaar and Coin Center.
Mastering Blockchain: Deeper insights into decentralization, cryptography, Bitcoin, and popular Blockchain frameworks
This blockchain book begins with the technical foundations of blockchain, teaching you the fundamentals of cryptography and how it keeps data secure. You will learn about the mechanisms behind cryptocurrencies and how to develop applications using Ethereum, a decentralized virtual machine.
You will explore different blockchain solutions and get an exclusive preview into Hyperledger, an upcoming blockchain solution from IBM and the Linux Foundation. You will also be shown how to implement blockchain beyond currencies, scability with blockchain, and the future scope of this fascinating and powerful technology.
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Blockchain: The History, Mechanics, Technical Implementation And Powerful Uses of Blockchain Technology
If you want to know what makes Blockchain so important and revolutionary, then this blockchain book is for you. You’ll learn the basic mechanics, the history of Blockchain, the technical knowledge to build your own and much more useful and important information. This book contains proven steps and strategies on how to use blockchain to improve your digital business, not only in finance, but in several other areas as well. The information in this book is organised and easy to understand with Adams relating the technical subjects into easily digestible concepts.
This book introduces the basic techniques when building fault-tolerant distributed systems, in a scientific way. Different protocols and algorithms are introduced that allow for fault-tolerant operation, along with a discussion of practical systems that implement these techniques.
In 25 concise steps, you will learn the basics of blockchain technology. No mathematical formulas, program code, or computer science jargon are used. No previous knowledge in computer science, mathematics, programming, or cryptography is required. Terminology is explained through pictures, analogies, and metaphors.
This book bridges the gap that exists between purely technical books about the blockchain and purely business-focused books. It does so by explaining both the technical concepts that make up the blockchain and their role in business-relevant applications.
This book shows developers how to take advantage of the decentralization and trustless common knowledge structures of blockchain cryptography to build decentralized applications, or “dapps.”
Author Siraj Raval clearly explains what a dapp is, and shows you how to make use of decentralized storage, bandwidth, and computing. You’ll learn how build blockchain-based dapps for providing public, decentralized ledgers of assets such as property, votes, software, health data, and ideas.
Do you know of any good blockchain books we should add to this list? If you’ve read a potential blockbuster (sorry) or have written one yourself, drop me a line at [email protected] and let’s talk about getting it featured!