Best of Bitcoin Literature

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Bitcoin Whitepaper

Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System

On October 2008, a paper was published in a cryptography mailing list at metzdowd.com detailing a new peer-to-peer electronic currency called Bitcoin marking the birth of decentralized digital currencies and blockchain technology. The paper was written using the pseudonym ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’, and it had no copyright claims whatsoever; to this day, the identity of the author is highly disputed. Nakamoto implemented the bitcoin software as open-source code and released it in January 2009.

The Bitcoin Standard

The Bitcoin Standard

Written by academic and Austrian economist, Saifedean Ammous, The Bitcoin Standard discusses the history of money, the relationship between economics and society, and why bitcoin constitutes "good money". The book touts bitcoin as an excellent alternative to central banking, which makes it a must-read for open-minded lawmakers and bankers alike.

Mastering Bitcoin

Mastering Bitcoin

Written by Andreas Antonopoulos, a vocal bitcoin advocate and computer scientist who gives a thorough explanation of the infrastructure of the Bitcoin blockchain, Mastering Bitcoin is best suited for those who already have a basic understanding of programming and cryptography. It provides a basic understanding of how to create a blockchain of your own.

Digital Gold

Digital Gold

Written by New York Times journalist Nathaniel Popper, Digital Gold tells the story of bitcoin through the eyes of some of the movement's most colorful characters. For readers who like bitcoin, technology, and history, this book makes for an amusing and interesting read.

Grokking Bitcoin

Grokking Bitcoin

This book is intended for technically interested people wanting to understand Bitcoin on a deep technical level. The book does not require any programming skills, although a basic understanding of some technical concepts is beneficial, for example; databases, computer networks, computer programs, and web servers.

Inventing Bitcoin

Inventing Bitcoin

With "Inventing Bitcoin" author Yan Pritzker set out on a clear mission: to explain the underlying technology of Bitcoin. Honing in specifically on the Bitcoin and not crypto or distributed ledgers more generally, Pritzker goes step by step through what makes Bitcoin work explaining concepts like Proof of Work and mining in language that anyone can understand.

The Internet of Money

The Internet of Money

While many books explain the how of bitcoin, The Internet of Money delves into the why of bitcoin. Acclaimed information-security expert and author of Mastering Bitcoin, Andreas M. Antonopoulos examines and contextualizes the significance of bitcoin through a series of essays spanning the exhilarating maturation of this technology.

The Internet of Money Volume 2

The Internet of Money Volume Two

The Internet of Money Volume Two: a collection of talks is the spectacular sequel to the cult classic and bestseller The Internet of Money Volume One: a collection of talks by Andreas M. Antonopoulos. Volume Two contains 11 of his most inspiring and thought-provoking talks, including Introduction to Bitcoin, Blockchain vs Bullshit, Fake News Fake Money, Currency Wars, Bubble Boy and the Sewer Rat, Rocket Science and Ethereum's Killer App, and many more. Volume Two also includes an all-new frequently asked questions section.

Programming Bitcoin

Programming Bitcoin: Learn How to Program Bitcoin from Scratch

Dive into Bitcoin technology with this hands-on guide from one of the leading teachers on Bitcoin and Bitcoin programming. Author Jimmy Song shows Python programmers and developers how to program a Bitcoin library from scratch. You’ll learn how to work with the basics, including the math, blocks, network, and transactions behind this popular cryptocurrency and its blockchain payment system.

Bitcoin Money

Bitcoin Money: A Tale of Bitville Discovering Good Money

Told in the style of a children's book, Bitcoin Money directly answers the #1 question children and adults have about Bitcoin: “Why should I care?” With beautiful illustrations and engaging plot twists, we learn timeless economic lessons.

The Book of Satoshi

The Book of Satoshi

Written by Phil Champagne as an exhaustive compilation of all publications posted online by bitcoin's pseudonymous creator, The Book of Satoshi provides all of Nakamoto's online posts in a chronological manner with added commentary from the author. It is an exhaustive delve into bitcoin's history for those looking to learn more about Satoshi Nakamoto and bitcoin's past.