Amazing Books on Bitcoin
Learn more about the future of money
There are many aspects to Bitcoin that make it a difficult topic to fully understand. The good news is you do not need to understand how it works to benefit from its monetary properties. A basic understanding can be found on our “What is Bitcoin” page and getting started is easy to do via Swanbitcoin or a number of other exchanges. Once your curiosity is piqued and you have some skin in the game, you’ll want to learn more about it. The books below are highly recommended sources that dive deeply into bitcoin at the topics surrounding it.
The Bitcoin Standard
by Saifedean Ammous
When a pseudonymous programmer introduced “a new electronic cash system that’s fully peer-to-peer, with no trusted third party” to a small Online mailing list in 2008, very few paid attention. Ten years later, and against all odds, this upstart autonomous decentralized software offers an unstoppable and globally-accessible hard money alternative to modern central banks. The Bitcoin Standard analyzes the historical context to the rise of bitcoin, the economic properties that have allowed it to grow quickly, and its likely economic, political, and social implications.
The Price of Tomorrow
by Jeff Booth
In this extraordinary contrarian book, Jeff Booth, a leading mind and CEO in e-commerce and technology for 20 years, details the technological and economic realities shaping our present and our future, and the choices we face as we go forward—a potentially alarming, but deeply hopeful situation. Pick up The Price of Tomorrow on Amazon.
The Little Bitcoin Book
by multiple authors
You’ve probably heard about Bitcoin on the news or heard it being discussed by your friends or colleagues. How come the price keeps changing? Is Bitcoin a good investment? How does it even have value? Why do people keep talking about it like it’s going to change the world?
The Little Bitcoin Book tells the story of what’s wrong with money today, and why Bitcoin was invented to provide an alternative to the current system. It describes in simple terms what Bitcoin is, how it works, why it’s valuable, and how it affects individual freedom and opportunities of people everywhere – from Nigeria to the Philippines, to Venezuela to the United States.
by Yan Pritzker
Swan Bitcoin cofounder and CTO Yan Pritzker’s book, Inventing Bitcoin, is the best introduction to how the Bitcoin system works.
Bitcoin may well be the greatest invention of our time, and most people have no idea what it is, or how it works. Walking through its invention step by step, this short two hour read is critical before you invest.
No technical expertise required! Read it, then share it with your loved ones.
“Having read virtually every Bitcoin explainer, I believe it’s the best from-scratch introduction to Bitcoin, requiring no prior knowledge at all. I will be referring newcomers to it from now on.” – Nic Carter, Castle Island Ventures
Magic Internet Money
by Jesse Berger
What is money? The question is simple, but the answer is not. Pulling back the curtain on ideas at the heart of the modern monetary renaissance, Magic Internet Money takes you on a timely journey through the intertwined worlds of money and Bitcoin. Discussing a variety of related topics – such as banking, cryptography, economics, and governance – in plain language, this illuminating tale examines many common assumptions about money, challenging readers to re-think its role in society. Packed with striking imagery and descriptions, this book is as entertaining as it is insightful, shattering popular misconceptions and unraveling the promise of sound money – and in particular, Bitcoin – to usher in a brighter future for all of us.
The Internet of Money
by Andreas Antonopoulos
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.
Bitcoin, a technological breakthrough quietly introduced to the world in 2008, is transforming much more than finance. Bitcoin is disrupting antiquated industries to bring financial independence to billions worldwide. In The Internet of Money, Andreas explains why bitcoin is a financial and technological evolution with potential far exceeding the label “digital currency.”
Andreas goes beyond exploring the technical functioning of the bitcoin network by illuminating bitcoin’s philosophical, social, and historical implications. As the internet has essentially transformed how people around the world interact and has permanently impacted our lives in ways we never could have imagined, bitcoin–the internet of money–is fundamentally changing our approach to solving social, political, and economic problems through decentralized technology.