7 Books That Beginners In Blockchain Should Read This Year

With an ever-increasing interest in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, developers are also gravitating towards Blockchain now aggressively used by FinTech companies. For those who are interested in learning about Blockchain, this article will talk about a selection of the best Blockchain books which will help in understanding the emerging technology and its related concepts. With Blockchain becoming the next disruptive computing paradigm, we list down books which will help one get a clear idea of Blockchain concepts, its functionality, creating decentralised depository and its usage in digital endeavours.

Blockchain for Beginners: The Complete Step by Step Guide to Understanding Blockchain Technology by Mark Watney

One of the best beginner’s guides for Blockchain, this book by Mark Watney gives a detailed understanding of how Blockchain works with the help of simple examples, tutorials and related applications. This beginner’s guide is one of the best ways to get acquainted with Blockchain technology and its present and future usage.

Blockchain Technology Explained: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

As the title denotes, this is another beginner’s guide to Blockchain by Alan T Norman. This book, however, it talks about the technology’s potential use in domains like as government and banking. It also takes a technical peek at the Blockchain tech stack, types of Blockchain technologies, the adoption of Blockchain in industry and the regulatory hurdles surrounding the technology. The book also features detailed technical explanations on Blockchain, mining and how it can make institutional and enterprise data more secure.

Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy

This book by Melanie Swan talks extensively about cryptocurrency, smart contracts. She also highlights how the public ledger can be used effectively across the domain including health data, finance, real estate, public projects and be a channel for decentralised records for the registration, inventory, and transfer of all assets. The book sheds light on core concepts and functionality of Bitcoin and Blockchain and how can be an enabler for automated tracking of all digital. The book also talks about how Blockchain can be used for science, especially for data-mining personal health record storage, or giving access to genomic data.

Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking digital cryptocurrencies

This book has been written by one of the most renowned experts in Blockchain, Andreas M Antonopoulos. It has been pegged as a starting point for bitcoin enthusiasts and who want to understand the underpinning technology behind smart contracts. This book is also great for those who want to dive into upcoming Blockchain roles such as a programmer, technical support specialist, system admin, or security specialist. Antonopoulos gives an overview of the technical foundations of Bitcoin, the basics of cryptography, cryptocurrencies, understanding of network protocols and consensus mechanism including ‘mining’.  Moreover, the book also highlights technical topics with relevant examples such as code snippets and with use cases.

Ethereum: Blockchains, Digital Assets, Smart Contracts, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations

This paperback by Henning Diedrich purely talks about Ethereum which is currently the most popular Blockchain technology and is geared towards non-programmers, with an aim to help them identify potential job opportunities in this upcoming field. This book is one of the best reference guides on Ethereum platform, smart contracts, cryptocurrencies, DApps, and decentralised autonomous organisations (DAOs). The author, Diedrich is a core database programmer for IBM Analytics and works at the Ethereum Dev office in Berlin. He is also IBM’s official liaison to the Ethereum core developers and a frequent keynote speaker on Blockchain. For anybody who wishes to work on the Ethereum network, this book is a great treasure.

Introducing Ethereum and Solidity: Foundations of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Programming for Beginners

This book by Chris Dannen gives an in-depth exploration of the Ethereum project and the high-level scripting language Solidity. The book is a good starting point for those who want to learn practical examples to understand Blockchain and mining, design, test and deploy secure contracts and learn how to build Blockchain applications in Ethereum Blockchain. It is aimed at both professionals and non-professionals and explains the concepts on smart contract patterns and distributed application development.

The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology:

This book by William Mougayar talks about the business of Blockchain and predicts a future where Blockchain will be mainstreamed in the industry. It is a futuristic outlook about the decentralised services and software applications and businesses should imagine new opportunities around this emerging technology. Authored by a business thinker and a Blockchain industry leader the book sheds on the crypto-technology market and a thriving ecosystem of startups, innovators and enterprises which will benefit from Blockchain applications. In the end, the book also shines a spotlight on Blockchain and its defining role in reimagining data governance.

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Richa Bhatia
Richa Bhatia is a seasoned journalist with six-years experience in reportage and news coverage and has had stints at Times of India and The Indian Express. She is an avid reader, mum to a feisty two-year-old and loves writing about the next-gen technology that is shaping our world.

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