The books drastically vary in their content matter. It would be impossible for the same author to have written all of these books as they would have to hold completely contradictory viewpoints. The diverse range of authors includes Bitcoin maximalists, cryptocurrency speculators, businesspeople, Steemit content producers, investors, traders, economists, ICO enthusiasts, miners, and blockchain for business believers.
In terms of technical knowledge, some books require a deep technical knowledge in the list with the focus being on programming and others are designed to be easy for the beginner to understand. “Mastering Bitcoin” by Andreas Antonopoulos is focused on programming whereas “Bitcoin for Dummies” targets the complete beginner. The reviews will give an overview of the subject matter which will be presented in the book and will note if any prerequisite knowledge is required to understand the book.
Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology is still a very early industry. The first few years were spent mainly with the innovators and early adopters tinkering with the technology and meshing out key issues. It is only recently that we have professionals from diverse backgrounds stepping in and publishing books on the subject matter. For that reason, many of the books on the list will only have English translations. The reviews will point out what languages the books are published in. Given the liberating nature of cryptocurrencies, many authors have decided to release eBook versions of their book free of charge. The reviews highlight which books are available in eBook format. Reviews will also note whether books are available in the audio version and whether the eBook is mobile friendly.
The books will also vary largely in their size and portability. We will highlight which books can be expected to be easily transported and which are more intensive and heavy.
Speculation and price analysis has become a major part of cryptocurrencies. Many enter cryptocurrencies from an investment and trading perspective and care little about the underlying technology. This has given rise to a number of books which deal particularly in this field. One of the most well-known and acknowledged is "Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond". This book was authored by Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar and includes one of the first frameworks for fundamentally valuing crypto assets in terms of their fiat valuation. It builds on a body of knowledge from traditional economics and applies it to cryptocurrencies. Other titles included in the category which deal with trading and investing include "Cryptocurrency- A Trader's Handbook" and "Cryptocurrency Investing Bible".
For those that care about the underlying technology, there are a number of the books focusing on blockchain technology. These books can range widely with some making revolutionary forecasts and others focussing on explaining the technology in a simple manner for the reader. Each of the reviews has a small description of what the book entails so readers can assess what they are getting themselves in for before they commit. Some examples of books focusing on blockchain include “Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World”. This book is ranked number one in terms of popularity. Another example of one more focused on simplifying concepts is “Blockchain for Dummies’.
The first to introduce blockchain technology was Bitcoin. This has given it an important position when it comes to cryptocurrencies. The community is split on its outlook for Bitcoin. Some in the community believe altcoins have developed better technology and will overtake Bitcoin in a matter of time. Whereas others believe Bitcoin to be the only important project and that it will never be overtaken. There is a number of books which deal with Bitcoin and its importance in this category. The Bitcoin Standard covers the economic principles underlying Bitcoin and why it is considered sound money.
Users who are looking into cryptocurrencies for practical applications will not be disappointed by the selection of books. There are a number of books focused on building programming skills, others which focus on how business models are going to work with this new technology, and one book which details writing on the Steem platform. Even if it is not a specific application being sought, much of the content included in this category will serve to build up a deep and practical knowledge of the industry as a whole.
Overall, the books in this category are hugely diverse over a range of different considerations. Although the industry started with Bitcoin, it has developed into much wider fields. The diversity of books in this category reflects this and users can expect to find valuable information on whatever area they are interested in. The descriptions in the review can give a brief on the general information that can be expected from the books. This can help in assessing whether a book is worth the monetary and time investment. There will also be a list of key positives and negatives for each book that will help when considering.