The MUST reads about crypto & blockchain

Ellie Geo
Ellie Geo
Apr 23 · 7 min read

Nowadays, as the hype about crypto is growing steadily every single day, there are already tons of cool editions suitable for skilled crypto ninjas as well as newcomers in the world of the digital currencies.

However, to help you choose the best ones, we’ve tried to gather a list of the 8 best books about crypto/blockchain so far. The list does not follow any particular order — it is only intended to provide you with a brief description of the book and its main intakes. Why don’t you take a look for your own sake?

Digital Gold

“This excellent work is the book on Bitcoin you’ve been waiting for”

- Tyler Cowen, author of “Marginal Revolution”

Originally published in 2015, “Digital Gold” is written by Nathaniel Popper, a long-time technology and business reporter for New Your Times.

This is the ideal read for those of you who are about to begin their crypto adventure and need to gain a clear understanding of the industry’s basics.

Moreover, “Digital Gold” shares the story of the interesting figures, such as Satoshi Nakamoto, Silk Road, Mt. Gox, who have built Bitcoin from scratch and put the foundation of the new, futuristic industry, namely, cryptocurrencies.

Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy

“The book is really what it says to be — it introduces the “Blockchain Basics” without formulas or programming. And still, does it in a serious way, which allows you to “take home” the knowledge after reading it.”


Here is another great book for newbies that could serve as a great introduction to the concept behind the innovative blockchain technology as well as its main advantages.

This paperback is written by the Founder of the Institute for Blockchain Studies, Melanie Swan, who aims to prove us that blockchain is in position to shift into the 5th off-base computing paradigm after mainframes, PCs, the Internet, and social media networking.

As Swan did publish the book back in 2015, we can safely say that blockchain is already a trendsetting industry, isn’t it?

Mastering Bitcoin: Programming the Open Blockchain

Mastering Bitcoin is the best technical reference available on bitcoin today. And bitcoin is likely to be seen in retrospect as the most important technology of this decade. As such, this book is an absolute must-have for any developer, especially those interested in building applications with the bitcoin protocol. Highly recommended.

– Balaji S. Srinivasan, General Partner Andreessen Horowitz

Along with the Internet of Money — book one and two, Mastering Bitcoin by Andreas Antonopoulos is a MUST for the library of everyone who is involved with crypto.

Whether the reader knows something about blockchain or not, this book is an interesting read. People with a basic programming language will find it particularly insightful since it provides great technical details on bitcoin and blockchain. These concepts are clearly explained throughout the pages and after reading the book, the original bitcoin white paper, published by Satoshi Nakamoto becomes crystal clear and magnificently genius read.

The Truth Machine

“An in-depth, fair, and engaging account of a massive technological shift that affects everyone.”

- Business Insider

The authors of “The Truth Machine”, Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey, explain and elaborate on blockchain’s perks to society in a very understandable and catchy manner.

As a system, this innovative technology has the ability to fix the issue of dependence on big institutions to keep consumer data secured.

Additionally, blockchain can provide financial formation without limits, and rebuilding of a healthy balance of power that is equitably distributed throughout society. A must-read!

Cryptoassets: the Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond

“Cryptoassets is an outstanding overview of the state of digital currencies and assets. Highly recommended for those who want to understand where finance is going.”

- Balaji S. Srinivasan, CEO of and board partner at Andreessen Horowitz

Penned by Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar, this crypto-themed book can be seen as a vital manual for those of you who direct toward the long-term approach to crypto investing.

Likewise, the authors investigate the impact of regulations, volatility, gambling, and more, as well as speaking about Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and other currently popular investment practices.

Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy

“Spoiler alert! This book takes the reader on an amazing journey in which the real Satoshi Nakamoto is interviewed, and shows how blockchains are built for security from the ground up.”

- Steve Waite, an online reviewer

This soon-to-be-bestseller (perhaps), originally published in 2018, is written by George Franklin Gilder, a long-time investor, economist, writer, techno-utopian advocate, and co-founder of the Discovery Institute.

In this book with a pretty catchy name, the author claims that the era of Google will soon end and that the Blockchain economy will return the power back to the individual in loads of various ways. Sounds thrilling, eh?

The Book Of Satoshi: The Collected Writings of Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto

“Here is a phenomenal book which contains the complete collected writings of everything Satoshi ever posted about bitcoin.”

- John W. Ratcliff, “Let’s Talk Bitcoin”

Even though it was published back in 2014, this crypto book is still current with today’s industry.

The author, Phil Champagne, a managing director of Wren Investment Group, managed to collect a rich array of e-mails, forum comments, and posts that provide us a deep insight into the puzzling yet genius mind of Satoshi Nakamoto.

As the anonymous founder of Bitcoin disappeared back in April 2011, this book contains all from him that has been ever existing. So read on!

How Money Got Free: Bitcoin and the Fight for the Future of Finance

“Thrilling…How Money Got Free transports readers to the meeting rooms, startup couches, conference halls, online discussion boards, and proverbial water coolers where the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry took shape.”

- CoinDesk

Let’s wrap it up with another cool crypto book with a hair-raising title (you’d agree with me).

Brian Patrick Eha, the author of “How Money Got Free…”, published in 2017, is a former editor at “Entrepreneur” and a long-term journalist who has spent the latest 7 years of his life (or maybe more) following the rise of Bitcoin and the cryptocurrencies, in general.

Further, all-embracing and intriguing, this nonfiction unveils how the disruptive crypto technology is growing the debate around opposing concepts of money and liberty, and what that means for the near future.

In the end, what we should remember is that the crypto & blockchain revolution is not going to drop the anchor overnight. There will be always bullies that don’t believe in the potential of the digital currencies, however, if you load yourself with solid and accurate knowledge, you won’t fall victim to the circumstantial events.

Back to the topic, the 8 crypto titles we’ve chosen (yes, 8 is a number that is way too small to include all valuable readings) will give you an in-depth understanding of the concept behind blockchain as well as they will keep you concentrated on what actually matters in the long-term. So pick up the right books or you and inform yourself! Remember the words of Jim Rohn: formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune!

If you believe there is a crypto & blockchain book that definitely should be included in the TOP 8 list, let us know via one of our social media channels:

P.S. We haven’t included links for direct purchase of these books on purpose. We do not want to give direct links to big centralized platforms like Amazon or ebay. If you are going to order a book you can do your due diligence and use decentralized marketplaces, find the link of the original publisher and order straight from there or simply go to your favorite bookstore and buy it from there.

Muchas gracias! ☺

æternity Ventures

AE Ventures is an investment company providing initial funding, acceleration and advisory support to blockchain projects. The company also runs æternity Starfleet — a full-service global acceleration program for seed stage startups utilizing blockchain.

Ellie Geo

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Ellie Geo


æternity Ventures

AE Ventures is an investment company providing initial funding, acceleration and advisory support to blockchain projects. The company also runs æternity Starfleet — a full-service global acceleration program for seed stage startups utilizing blockchain.

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