Books about Blockchain offer a great way of learning the ins and outs of Blockchain and at a much lower price than taking, for example, a specialist Blockchain Course. By reading a book, you consume a huge amount of research in a relatively short amount of time, and it is one of the best ways to improve your knowledge and skills.
The only problem is that there are lot’s of Blockchain Books on the market and there are much more to come. For instance, just doing a search for “Blockchain Books” in Amazon results in more than 2,000 books about Blockchain, so how do you make up your mind about what to read?
You can do a google search and search for the Best Blockchain Books but then you get hundreds of “Best of Lists” in front of you, so that doesn’t help a lot either unless you want to spend a full day going through all those lists. Well, that is exactly what we did! We searched for 50 “Best of Lists” highlighting the most recommended Books about Blockchain by various authority sites. Then we selected and combined the 20 most valuable “Best of Lists” and earmarked and ranked what Blockchain Books keep up appearing on most of those recently published lists. From a total of 98 Blockchain Books compared, reviewed, and ranked, here are the Top 20 of Most Recommended Blockchain Books that appear on most of the Best Blockchain Books lists!
Top 20 of Best Blockchain Books
Recommended Most Times
#1. Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World
by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott
Listed 14 out of 19 times, and this book is by far the number one Blockchain Book on our Best of List. Don Tapscott is the CEO of the Tapscott Group and one of the most influential living theorists about business and society. In November 2013, Thinkers50 named Don as the 4th most important business thinker in the world. A previous Forbes analysis of social media identified Don as the most influential management thinker in the world.
Alex Tapscott is the CEO and founder of Northwest Passage Ventures, an advisory firm building blockchain companies. In 2014 he wrote the seminal report on governing digital currencies for the Global Solutions Network program at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
“A carefully researched and beautifully written book. Blockchain Revolution argues that the ‘Internet of value’ will transform our lives. A must-read book for our disruptive times.” (Dominic Barton, global managing director, McKinsey & Company)
– Number 1 Silicon Valley investor Marc Andreessen
– The global managing director of McKinsey & Company, Dominic Barton
– Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple
– Financial Times, Forbes Magazine, Huffington Post, Fortune Magazine, etc
#2. The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology
by William Mougayar and Vitalik Buterin
Listed 10 out of 19 times. William Mougayar is General Partner at Virtual Capital Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund, and currently on the Board of Directors of OB1, the OpenBazaar open-source protocol that is pioneering decentralized peer-to-peer commerce, a special Board Advisor to the Ethereum Foundation, a member of OMERS Ventures Board of Advisors, an Advisory Board member to the Coin Center, Bloq and founder of Startup Management.
Vitalik Buterin is a Russian-Canadian programmer and writer primarily known as a co-founder of Ethereum and as a co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine.
“When it comes to the blockchain, William Mougayar’s vision and insights are unparalleled. He takes us on a discovery journey with clarity and authority. This is a fundamental book if business leaders want to survive the blockchain’s upcoming whiplash.” (Brad Feld, Managing Director, Foundry Group; best-selling author of Venture Deals)
– John Ruffolo, CEO OMERS Ventures
– Chris Owen, Vice President Enterprise Shared Platforms – Blockchain, TD Bank Group
#3. The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order
by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey
Listed 10 out of 19 times. Paul Vigna is a markets reporter for The Wall Street Journal, covering equities and the economy. He is a columnist and anchor for MoneyBeat. Previously a writer and editor of the MarketTalk column in DowJones Newswires, he has been a guest on the FoxBusiness Network, CNN, the BBC, and the John Batchelor radio show.
Michael J. Casey writes for The Wall Street Journal, covering global finance in his “Horizons” column. He is a frequent contributor to the Journal’s MoneyBeat blog and co-authors the daily “BitBeat” with Paul Vigna. He is the host of the book-themed video series “WSJ Afterword” and a frequent guest on and host of “The News Hub” and “MoneyBeat.”
“For any book on bitcoin to be worth reading, it has to delve further: into the crypto-currency’s ideological and technical roots, for instance, or what it adds to the narrative of money, or even what its economic and political impact may be. The currency’s…underlying technology provides plenty of intellectual fodder-and is unlikely to go away. So there is plenty to write about if you are serious. Paul Vigna and Michael Casey, two journalists at the Wall Street Journal, are certainly serious.” (The Economist)
– The New York Times Book Review
– Number 1 Silicon Valley investor Marc Andreessen
– Washington Post, Global Finance Magazine, Bitcoin Magazine, etc
#4. Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy
by Melanie Swan
Listed 10 out of 19 times. Melanie Swan founded and participated in new markets startups GroupPurchase and Prosper, and developed virtual world digital asset valuation and accounting principles for Deloitte. She is an instructor at Singularity University and an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.
“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.” (Amazon)
#5. Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies
by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
Listed 5 out of 19 times. Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a noted technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and well-respected figures in bitcoin. As an engaging public speaker, teacher and writer, Andreas makes complex subjects accessible and easy to understand. Andreas advises multiple technology startups and speaks regularly at conferences and community events around the world.
“When I talk about Bitcoin, I am sometimes asked ‘but how does it really work?’ Now I have a great answer for that question, because anybody who reads Mastering Bitcoin will have a deep understanding of how it works and will be well-equipped to write the next generation of amazing cryptocurrency applications.” (Gavin Andresen, Chief Scientist, Bitcoin Foundation)
– Gavin Andresen, Chief Scientist Bitcoin Foundation
– Balaji Srinivasa, General Partner Andreessen Horowitz
– Roger Ver, Bitcoin Entrepreneur & Investor
#6. The Book of Satoshi: The Collected Writings of Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto | by Phil Champagne
Listed 6 out of 19 times. Phil Champagne is Managing Director of Wren Investment Group, a firm that invests in real estate with equity funding from financial partners. His knowledge of the Austrian School of Economics enables Wren Investment Group and its partners to navigate investments from a sound money perspective. Phil has a background in computer software with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Université de Sherbrooke in Canada. He became interested in Bitcoin in 2012.
“After revisiting the (white) paper, I realized that the book as a whole allowed me to more thoroughly understand its intricacies. Overall, the book provides information that readers from any professional background can get something from… The Book of Satoshi’s pseudo-encyclopedic structure allows the reader to jump across different topics depending on the info they’re seeking.” (Kevin Cruz, Bitcoin Magazine)
#7. The Internet of Money | by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
Listed 7 out of 19 times. Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and well-respected figures in bitcoin. He is the author of “Mastering Bitcoin”, which book is listed as number 5 in this list, published by O’Reilly Media and considered by many to be the best technical guide to bitcoin. As an engaging public speaker, teacher and writer, Andreas makes complex subjects accessible and easy to understand. As an advisor, he helps startups recognize, evaluate, and navigate security and business risks. Andreas was one of the first to use the phrase “The Internet of Money” to describe bitcoin and its potential impacts on humanity. With three Blockchain / Bitcoin books listed in the top 10, this guy must know what he’s talking about.
“With Mastering Bitcoin, Andreas Antonopoulos wrote one of the best technical books on digital currency. With The Internet of Money, he’s matched that feat by compiling his talks into one of the best books on Bitcoin for a broad audience. Highly recommended!” (Balaji Srinivasan, CEO 21.co)
#8. Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond | by Chris Burniske
Listed 6 out of 19 times. Chris Burniske is a co-founder of Placeholder Ventures, a New York firm that specializes in crypto assets. Prior to Placeholder, he pioneered ARK Investment Management’s Next Generation Internet strategy, leading the firm to become the first public fund manager to invest in bitcoin. He then transitioned to focus exclusively on crypto assets, paving the way for Wall Street to recognize it as a new asset class. His commentary has been featured on national media outlets, including CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Forbes.
“Poised to be one of the most profound inventions in history, blockchain technology may change everything―just as the wheel and the Internet did. Chris and Jack will help you understand blockchains and the cryptoassets within them. If you’re a financial advisor, this book will help you serve your clients better.” (Ric Edelman, three-time #1 Independent Financial Advisor (Barron’s) and New York Times bestselling author of The Truth About Your Future)
#9. Mastering Bitcoin: Programming the Open Blockchain | by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
Listed 7 out of 19 times. This is the third book of Andreas in this list of best blockchain books, which is quite impressive. Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and well-respected figures in bitcoin. A public speaker, teacher, and writer, Andreas advises multiple technology startups, and speaks regularly at conferences and community events around the world.
“Andreas’ book will help you join the software revolution in the world of finance.” (Naval Ravikant, Cofounder, AngelList)
#10. Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money | by Nathaniel Popper
Listed 7 out of 19 times. Nathaniel Popper is a reporter at the New York Times. Before joining the Times, he worked at the Los Angeles Times and Forward. Nathaniel grew up in Pittsburgh and is a graduate of Harvard College. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.
“A vivid guide to the characters who met online and built Bitcoin.” (Financial Times (London)
#11. Blockchain Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction in 25 Steps | by Daniel Drescher
Listed 7 out of 19 times. Daniel Drescher is an experienced banking professional who has held positions in electronic security trading in several banks. His recent activities have focused on automation, machine learning, and big data in the context of security trading. Among others, Daniel holds a doctorate in econometrics from the Technical University of Berlin and an MSc in software engineering from the University of Oxford.
“The book could be used as a textbook or simply to help structure a presentation on blockchain. I think that the book achieves its objectives: to explain to a nontechnical audience what the blockchain is, how it works, and where it can be applied. It should also allow the reader to understand a lot of the hype that surrounds blockchain and to differentiate the ways in which the term is used.” (Computing Reviews, October, 2017)
Listed 3 out of 19 times. Imran Bashir has an M.Sc. in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London, and has a background in software development, solution architecture, Infrastructure management, and IT service management. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the British Computer Society (BCS). Imran has eighteen years’ experience in the public and financial sectors. He worked on large-scale, IT projects in the public sector before moving to the financial services Industry. Since then he has worked in various technical roles for different finance companies in Europe’s financial capital, London. He is currently working for an investment bank in London.
“This 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 protocols and mechanisms that govern Bitcoin and alternative Cryptocurrencies. You will also see how to develop decentralized applications using Ethereum, and you will explore different blockchain-related projects, including Hyperledger, and R3 Corda.” (From the Back Cover)
#13. Cryptocurrency Investing Bible | by Alan T. Norman
Listed 3 out of 19 times. Alan T. Norman is a proud, savvy, and ethical hacker from San Francisco City. After receiving a Bachelors of Science at Stanford University. Alan now works for a mid-size Informational Technology Firm in the heart of SFC. He aspires to work for the United States government as a security hacker, but also loves teaching others about the future of technology. Besides this Cryptocurrency book, his book “Blockchain Technology Explained” is listed as number 15 on this best of list.
“The cryptocurrency market is extremely fast-changing, and it is almost impossible to monitor the situation and make the right decisions on your own. Most people have no proper experience, time and money for that. My book gives basic yet quite extensive information for those people who do not chase a rainbow but want to build a long-term profitable business in one of the cryptocurrency areas: from mining to investing.” (From the Back Cover)
#14. The Complete Guide to Understanding Blockchain | by Miles Price
Listed 3 out of 19 times. Miles Price is an emergent technology leader focused on advancing emerging technologies into the wider market via R&D with rapid deployment into the public and private sector. He teams up with inventors, academics as well as teams doing R&D and is on the lookout for adding more companies into the fold.
“Over the coming years you will come to see blockchain technology play an ever greater role in your everyday y life. I want to prepare you for the future, and enlighten you about the most exciting technology today. You will learn about the implementation of blockchain, its technical underpinnings, and also how you can earn profit trough mining cryptocurrencies.” (From the Back Cover)
#15. Blockchain Technology Explained: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide | by Alan T. Norman
Listed 4 out of 19 times. Alan T. Norman is a proud, savvy, and ethical hacker from San Francisco City. After receiving a Bachelors of Science at Stanford University. Alan now works for a mid-size Informational Technology Firm in the heart of SFC. He aspires to work for the United States government as a security hacker, but also loves teaching others about the future of technology. Alan firmly believes that the future will heavily rely on computer “geeks” for both security and the successes of companies and future jobs alike. In his spare time, he loves to analyze and scrutinize everything about the game of basketball. Besides this Blockchain book, his book “Cryptocurrency Investing Bible” is listed as number 13 on this best of list.
“For those who are new to blockchain, the idea of investing in cryptocurrency might sound appealing. A word of warning: investing in cryptocurrency is a highly volatile maket and extremely risky. Do your research before investing in a cryptocurrency to make sutre it is legitimate, and don’t invest any more money than you can afford to lose. Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are still in the early days, and anything could happen at any time.” (From the book)
#16. How Money Got Free? | by Brian Patrick Eha
Listed 3 out of 19 times. Brian Patrick Eha is a former editor at Entrepreneur and a journalist who has spent nearly five years following the rise of Bitcoin. His work has been published by The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Fortune, CNNMoney, American Banker, Outside, Port, Avaunt, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. He lives in New York City.
“If Brian Patrick Eha can make me, a Luddite dunce, both understand and care about the enigmatic Bitcoin, and if he can also tantalize the novelist in me with a narrative of intellectual daring and primal risk relating to Bitcoin’s rise and fall and rise, then he is some kind of journalistic magician. And so he is, because he did all those things and more. Welcome to a new reality and the monetary future. You’ll never find a better guide.” (Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air and Blood Will Out)
#17. The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything | by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey
Listed 5 out of 19 times. Michael J. Casey is a senior advisor at MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative and chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board. He is a former Wall Street Journal columnist and has authored four other books.
Paul Vigna is a reporter at The Wall Street Journal. The Truth Machine is his third book.
“The Truth Machine is a brilliant, beautifully written guide to the blockchain revolution that is redefining “trust” for our increasingly globalized world.” (Hernando de Soto, President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, author of The Mystery of Capital)
#18. Blockchain: Down The Rabbit Hole: (Discover The Power Of The Blockchain) | by Tim Lea
Listed 5 out of 19 times. Frustrated by a corporate career in finance, working with such names as GE Capital, HSBC, and Lloyds Bank, Tim took the entrepreneurial leap of faith and plunged deep into Web 1.0 in February 1995, setting up an internet cafe-bar & restaurant and a web design house, which he sold in 2001, prior to calling Australia his home.
“Down the Rabbit Hole is written for business people like you. It is written from the ground up as your easy-to-read, deep primer for the Blockchain. Written in Plain English and using analogies, global use cases and great, easy-to-understand stories from within the industry, Down the Rabbit Hole, helps you not only understand the power of the blockchain but also how to capitalise on that power.” (From the book)
#19. The Science of the Blockchain | by Roger Wattenhofer
Listed 6 out of 19 times. Roger Wattenhofer is a professor at ETH Zurich, a Technology University in Switzerland. Before joining ETH Zurich, he was at Brown University and Microsoft Research. His research interests include fault-tolerant distributed systems, efficient network algorithms, and cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. He has published more than 250 scientific articles.
“FinTech developers and managers understand that the blockchain has the potential to disrupt the financial world. The blockchain allows the participants of a distributed system to agree on a common view of the system, to track changes in the system, in a reliable way. In the distributed systems community, agreement techniques have been known long before cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (where the term blockchain is borrowed) emerged.” (From the Back Cover)
#20. Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum & Smart Contracts | by David Gerard
Listed 5 out of 19 times. David Gerard covers the origins and history of Bitcoin to the present day, the other cryptocurrencies it spawned including Ethereum, the ICO craze and the 2017 crypto bubble, and the attempts to apply blockchains and smart contracts to business. Plus a case study on blockchains in the music industry.
“A very convincing takedown of the whole phenomenon” (BBC News)
Best Bitcoin Books
These Bitcoin Books might also interest you as we did another research for books about Bitcoins in the same way as we did for Best Blockchain Books. Here are the top 5 of Bitcoin Books that keep up appearing on all the lists of Best Bitcoin Books:
- Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies, by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
- The Internet of Money, by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
- The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order, by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey
- Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World, by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott
- Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money, by Nathaniel Popper
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- From this list of 50 posts, we selected the top 20 that seem most valuable to our readers and users.
- We combined the 20 lists of “Best Blockchain Books” and earmarked all individual books that were on those lists.
- When a book was ranked as number 1, it got 1 point, and when it was ranked 2nd, it got 2 points, etc.
- When no particular ranking was applied to a certain list, then each listed book got the same points.
- To be included in the final list a book should be listed for a minimal number of times.
- More weight was assigned to books which were explicitly listed more times than other books.
- All lists were summed up, and the Blockchain Books with the lowest number were ranked 1, 2, 3, etc.
- This resulted in the final “The Top 20 of Best Blockchain Books” that have been recommended most times by all types of blockchain experts.
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