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#1 Amazon New Release! ─ Understand Bitcoin, blockchains, and cryptocurrency with this clear and comprehensible guide Learn the history and basics of cryptocurrency and blockchains: There’s a lot of information on cryptocurrency and blockchains out there. But, for the uninitiated, most of this information can be indecipherable. The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains a #1 Amazon New Release! ─ Understand Bitcoin, blockchains, and cryptocurrency with this clear and comprehensible guide Learn the history and basics of cryptocurrency and blockchains: There’s a lot of information on cryptocurrency and blockchains out there. But, for the uninitiated, most of this information can be indecipherable. The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains aims to provide an accessible guide to this new currency and the revolutionary technology that powers it.Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies: Gain an understanding of a broad spectrum of Bitcoin topics. The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains covers topics such as the history of Bitcoin, the Bitcoin blockchain, and Bitcoin buying, selling, and mining. It also answers how payments are made and how transactions are kept secure. Other cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency pricing are examined, answering how one puts a value on cryptocurrencies and digital tokens.Blockchain technology: Blockchain technology underlies all cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency transactions. But what exactly is a blockchain, how does it work, and why is it important? The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains will answer these questions and more. Learn about notable blockchain platforms, smart contracts, and other important facets of blockchains and their function in the changing cyber-economy.Things to know before buying cryptocurrencies: The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains offers trustworthy and balanced insights to those interested in Bitcoin investing or investing in other cryptocurrency. Discover the risks and mitigations, learn how to identify scams, and understand cryptocurrency exchanges, digital wallets, and regulations with this book.Readers will learn about: Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies Blockchain technology and how it works The workings of the cryptocurrency market The evolution and potential impacts of Bitcoin and blockchains on global businesses Dive into the world of cryptocurrency with confidence with this comprehensive introduction.


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#1 Amazon New Release! ─ Understand Bitcoin, blockchains, and cryptocurrency with this clear and comprehensible guide Learn the history and basics of cryptocurrency and blockchains: There’s a lot of information on cryptocurrency and blockchains out there. But, for the uninitiated, most of this information can be indecipherable. The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains a #1 Amazon New Release! ─ Understand Bitcoin, blockchains, and cryptocurrency with this clear and comprehensible guide Learn the history and basics of cryptocurrency and blockchains: There’s a lot of information on cryptocurrency and blockchains out there. But, for the uninitiated, most of this information can be indecipherable. The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains aims to provide an accessible guide to this new currency and the revolutionary technology that powers it.Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies: Gain an understanding of a broad spectrum of Bitcoin topics. The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains covers topics such as the history of Bitcoin, the Bitcoin blockchain, and Bitcoin buying, selling, and mining. It also answers how payments are made and how transactions are kept secure. Other cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency pricing are examined, answering how one puts a value on cryptocurrencies and digital tokens.Blockchain technology: Blockchain technology underlies all cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency transactions. But what exactly is a blockchain, how does it work, and why is it important? The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains will answer these questions and more. Learn about notable blockchain platforms, smart contracts, and other important facets of blockchains and their function in the changing cyber-economy.Things to know before buying cryptocurrencies: The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains offers trustworthy and balanced insights to those interested in Bitcoin investing or investing in other cryptocurrency. Discover the risks and mitigations, learn how to identify scams, and understand cryptocurrency exchanges, digital wallets, and regulations with this book.Readers will learn about: Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies Blockchain technology and how it works The workings of the cryptocurrency market The evolution and potential impacts of Bitcoin and blockchains on global businesses Dive into the world of cryptocurrency with confidence with this comprehensive introduction.

30 review for The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains: An Introduction to Cryptocurrencies and the Technology that Powers Them

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dipanshu Gupta

    This book is like Blockchain for Dummies, with some thoughts about its future. There are some very clear explanations of stuff you read about in hype circles but never fully understood. For that, this book is A+. It goes downhill went tries to be more than that: an oracle for things to come. Overall, a good read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sujit

    This book is suitable for getting an overview of the Cryptocurrencies, blockchain, digital wallet, and similar things. The author also explains the history of currencies and puts our minds to think if cryptocurrencies can be the future. I don't expect more than this from the book whose title is, 'An Introduction to Cryptocurrencies and the Technology that Powers Them.' This book is suitable for getting an overview of the Cryptocurrencies, blockchain, digital wallet, and similar things. The author also explains the history of currencies and puts our minds to think if cryptocurrencies can be the future. I don't expect more than this from the book whose title is, 'An Introduction to Cryptocurrencies and the Technology that Powers Them.'

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rohan Dalvi

    Most non-technical books on blockchain / crypto tend to (a) be evangelical and (b) not actually explain the tech from first principles. This book faces neither issue: it is evenhanded and spends most of its pages describing how the machinery of the blockchain works. It also does a great job contextualizing the technology. It begins with a history of money and a description of the banking system, laying out the forms of money (barter, commodity, fiat) and how payments actually work from an account Most non-technical books on blockchain / crypto tend to (a) be evangelical and (b) not actually explain the tech from first principles. This book faces neither issue: it is evenhanded and spends most of its pages describing how the machinery of the blockchain works. It also does a great job contextualizing the technology. It begins with a history of money and a description of the banking system, laying out the forms of money (barter, commodity, fiat) and how payments actually work from an accounting perspective. This is all pretty important because it establishes the highly intermediated payments "status quo" against which bitcoin seeks to compete. It then dives into cryptography, overviewing topics like public/private keys, hash functions, digital signatures. The rest of the book leans heavily on crypto concepts introduced here. After introducing cryptography basics, it introduces blockchain. The way it frames the idea of blockchain is by introducing the challenge of peer to peer money transfer, then by raising issues that have to be dealt with (ex., account creation without a central administrator, transaction ordering, bookkeeper discrepancies). By iteratively describing the solution blockchain provides to each of the problems, it provides a picture of how blockchain actually works (ex., public key addresses, block batching, proof of work). All the while, it overviews important practical aspects of blockchain and crypto, including weaknesses (e.g. security risks with wallets, 51% attack). Over the course of the book nearly every piece of crypto related jargon that I have encountered was defined and clearly explained. And despite the book's name, it does not only focus on cryptocurrencies, though crypto is a major focus. Highly recommend!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jason Nikolaou

    The essential guide on BC and Blockchains from one of the authorities in the field. Provides appropriate background, context and is well balanced.

  5. 4 out of 5

    George

    What the book is about: A primer on cryptocurrencies (or more accurately cryptoassets, as the likes of Bitcoin and Ether don't possess the normal properties of a currency to any significant extent) and the blockchains which comprise the public permissionless distributed ledgers, or databases, of the transactions relating to the cryptoassets. Much of his discussion revolves around the two most popular cryptoassets, Bitcoin and Ether, and their respective blockchains, the Bitcoin blockchain, and Et What the book is about: A primer on cryptocurrencies (or more accurately cryptoassets, as the likes of Bitcoin and Ether don't possess the normal properties of a currency to any significant extent) and the blockchains which comprise the public permissionless distributed ledgers, or databases, of the transactions relating to the cryptoassets. Much of his discussion revolves around the two most popular cryptoassets, Bitcoin and Ether, and their respective blockchains, the Bitcoin blockchain, and Ethereum which is the Ether blockchain. Cryptoassets are a fairly complex domain, so I won't try to explain what I think I understand of it from this book in a few lines. But what the author said just 10 pages from the end, he maybe should have said on page 1, being, "Hype, technical complexity, regulatory uncertainly, and naive 'investors' (meaning more like gormless gamblers) hoping to make a quick buck all make for an environment ripe for fraudsters". Important, and makes sense to those with a world-view based on reality. But I will try to relate a few interesting facts about cryptoassets and their associated blockchains, as explained by Mr. Lewis. He asserts that a very large proportion of the entire Bitcoin ecosystem is controlled by Chinese interests. And by that, I would read the authoritarian Chinese Communist Party. Mr. Lewis identifies the key business entities involved. I have no way to verify this assertion, but I would be concerned if I were considering buying into Bitcoin, or currently had a significant stake. Cryptocurrencies are accepted in exceedingly few commercial or retail transactions, hence one of the reasons it shouldn't be considered a 'currency'. There is no current credible or well-established method to value cryptoassets - their price is wildly volatile, driven by speculation, and the hype Mr. Lewis referred to. The creation of Bitcoin and Ether cryptoassets is governed and limited through an immutable cryptographic digital process known as 'mining' which is carried out by 'miners', who are part of the blockchain system. This mining is a competition between the miners on the blockchain, as they get a cryptoasset reward for adding valid blocks to the blockchain. It is a computerised process currently requiring immensely powerful and wasteful processing power. It involves packaging cryptographically validated transactions into defined parameter 'blocks' and linking each 'block' to the previous block through a unique cryptographic fingerprint from the previous block known as a 'hash', and then presenting each block to the other blockchain nodes for verification. If verified by all the blockchain nodes the new block is appended to the top of the blockchain, with the cryptographic hash link to the preceding block. Hence the term 'blockchain'. The software and protocols that govern the particular blockchain place a ceiling on the amount of Bitcoins or Ether that can be created. So supply is limited, broadly. Cryptoassets and the associated blockchains are secured within a system known as Public Key Infrastructure, or PKI for short. This involves exceedingly complex and virtually uncrackable cryptographic processes which rely on the use of an immensely long, unique, cryptographically matched key pair for each user. The public key could be considered the user's public blockchain address, and the private key is 'The Keys To The Castle', so to speak. In conjunction with the matching public key, it proves the identity of the user and authorises cryptoasset transactions on the blockchain by the user. Lose the private key and you've lost your cryptoassets, no way back! The private key also ensures the integrity of the transaction and the identity of the user (in jargonistic terms, imparts the property of non-repudiation - the user cannot deny making the transaction), as it only works in conjunction with the user's uniquely specific public key. In other words, malicious or accidental tampering or identity spoofing immediately becomes evident to the entire blockchain, and the transaction will be rejected by the blockchain during the mining process. The digital Bitcoin or Ethereum wallets that owners set up don't contain the actual cryptoassets. The wallets only contain the private cryptographic keys (the wallet owner's secret 'password' to identify and authenticate, and enable cryptographically secure transactions by the owner) to the cryptographic assets owned by the wallet holder. The other part of that puzzle is the wallet owner's public cryptographic keys, which in effect is the owner's 'public' address on the blockchain, as mentioned earlier. The actual cryptoassets are recorded on each and every node of the blockchain, and verified cryptographically by all the nodes on the blockchain. There are no trusted 3rd party intermediaries involved, or need be involved, in a cryptoasset transaction (buy-sell), such as banks or other traditional financial institutions. The blockchain executes buy-sell transactions between counterparties anywhere in the world automatically and securely through the blockchain software and cryptographic protocols. Buyers and sellers interact via Cryptocurrency Exchanges. There have been many hacks of cryptocurrency exchanges in the past, costing cryptoasset holders many many $millions. Mr. Lewis presents some of the better-known cases. The book also contain quite a bit of waffle and padding about skippable topics I'm not at all interested in, such as the history of money, banking processes, investment concepts, etc. But I suppose it does help build out the overall scenario for those with the time and patience to try to digest it. The still-anonymous Satoshi Nakamoto, the founder of Bitcoin, and Vitalik Buterin, the founder of Ethereum, have both written white papers on their particular brain-children. These are readily accessible online. Why Selected: I wanted to broaden my knowledge in this area as some time back I was involved in a cryptography course which touched on these technologies. The Ethereum blockchain and the underlying application for creating an Ethereum blockchain, protocols and nodes, Geth, is particularly interesting. The Ethereum blockchain is capable not only of supporting cryptoassets, in this case Ether, but also smart contracts via a built-in programming language. Ethereum can also be the basis of private blockchains and is of great interest in financial services since it has the potential to vastly reduce intermediation costs and time delays. Hence it is much more advanced and widely applicable than the Bitcoin blockchain. Content and Style: The book is well-written in relatively plain and jargon-free (or at least explained) English. The graphics in the book are for the most part awful though, just screengrabs shrunk down to be almost illegible. Ridiculous - the author and publishers really dropped the ball on this, and also on the fact there is no index. Almost as bad as forgetting to put the icing on the Christmas cake! Simple automated feature in a word processor! Guys, please! Overall opinion: I'd have to give it 4-stars for broad content, but the awful illustrations and graphics, and lack of an index would justify reducing that to 3. But it's a worthwhile contribution to the knowledge-base, so I'll leave it at 4! Recommended? Yes, probably. It may appeal most to those looking for foundational knowledge in the cryptocurrency space. Expecting an 'exciting' read would probably be unreasonable in a case like this. Book Ratings in General I don't feel this book justifies its 4.5/5 Amazon rating, or its 4.09/5 Goodreads rating. I've become a little sceptical about book ratings and rating methods from businesses like Amazon, etc. I think it's clear the system can be, and is, gamed to a significant extent. I feel between 3 and 3.5 is a more accurate general rating for this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan O'Brien

    I found this book helpful as I have embarked on learning about cryptocurrencies. It's a good book for a raw beginner. I found some of the discussion like about the history of money to be irrelevant and unnecessary, but Lewis did an overall good job explaining pretty technical things in relation to how blockchains work for non-tech savvy audiences. I am not a tech person and I think I understand it much better after having read this book. Also, I liked the breakdown of the different kinds of toke I found this book helpful as I have embarked on learning about cryptocurrencies. It's a good book for a raw beginner. I found some of the discussion like about the history of money to be irrelevant and unnecessary, but Lewis did an overall good job explaining pretty technical things in relation to how blockchains work for non-tech savvy audiences. I am not a tech person and I think I understand it much better after having read this book. Also, I liked the breakdown of the different kinds of tokens and his discussion on risks and potential flaws of cryptocurrencies at the end. His coverage of BitCoin and Ethereum is really helpful too. Of course, since this book is now a couple years old, some discussion is dated and leaves out new developments, so this book represents a first step in this area with more learning to follow. Overall, I would recommend it to friends looking for the basics on this topic.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Edwin Lai

    The content accomplished exactly what the book title suggested and even went beyond for a bit. The technical explanation lived up to the my expectation and it is easy to understand. I particularly like the texts about the history of money / the criteria for a good form of currency / the mechanism of bank clearing system / history of both Bitcoin and Ethereum. Though the book mentions comparatively little about the latest blockchain / cryptocurrency topics in the field like the Facebook Libra coi The content accomplished exactly what the book title suggested and even went beyond for a bit. The technical explanation lived up to the my expectation and it is easy to understand. I particularly like the texts about the history of money / the criteria for a good form of currency / the mechanism of bank clearing system / history of both Bitcoin and Ethereum. Though the book mentions comparatively little about the latest blockchain / cryptocurrency topics in the field like the Facebook Libra coin / Chinese Government digital currency, the book is already extensive enough to cover all the basics for a beginner.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Johnny Leon

    A great introduction to the blockchain technology that powers Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrency ecosystems. This is a great book for those with very little knowledge about cryptocurrencies as it concisely explains the history of money, cryptography, bitcoin, altcoins, ICOs, regulation, and cryptocurrency use cases. People with an already extensive cryptocurrency knowledgebase may already be familiar with all of the concepts covered in the book but it does serve as a good refresher on t A great introduction to the blockchain technology that powers Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrency ecosystems. This is a great book for those with very little knowledge about cryptocurrencies as it concisely explains the history of money, cryptography, bitcoin, altcoins, ICOs, regulation, and cryptocurrency use cases. People with an already extensive cryptocurrency knowledgebase may already be familiar with all of the concepts covered in the book but it does serve as a good refresher on the technology.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bilal

    A quote attributed to Albert Einstein; well said! Antony Lewis has done a fantastic job of explaining the subject simply in this very readable introduction to the technology behind cryptocurrencies, the specific implementations used by some well known names (Bitcoin, Ethereum), and the implications on their robustness, value, liquidity, etc. I was looking for a decent introduction to these primary concepts, and I was delighted to have picked up this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Topher

    This was a textbook for my FinTech class. I found it inexpensive compared to standard textbooks (oh thank god!) and to be very readable. Mr. Lewis does a good job of explaining things clearly enough to be understandable by the lay audience, but not so simple as to bore someone with a rusty background in many of the related topics. I'd definitely recommend this as useful as a textbook for any section of class or class on Bitcoin and blockchain. This was a textbook for my FinTech class. I found it inexpensive compared to standard textbooks (oh thank god!) and to be very readable. Mr. Lewis does a good job of explaining things clearly enough to be understandable by the lay audience, but not so simple as to bore someone with a rusty background in many of the related topics. I'd definitely recommend this as useful as a textbook for any section of class or class on Bitcoin and blockchain.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vitesh Shah

    The book can be considered a good introduction to cryptocurrency. I felt the part where the author explains how bitcoins work and the bitcoin mining was good. But I think he took a very long time and a large part to explain basics of money. Also the explanation regarding Ethereum Blockchain was not good enough. The explanation regarding digital tokens, digital contracts and use of Blockchains in different areas was explained in layman terms but that seemed a bit too simplistic.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Leslie A

    This book has a lot of information about cryptocurrency currency, but there was a lot of information to absorb. I had a difficult time focusing on what I was reading. Also, the charts weren't displayed very well in my kindle so that was unfortunate. I'm not scoring this book at 3 stars because of that. It was just boring and a bit long in some chapters so I still can't tie everything together. Probably will review some shorter YouTube videos. That may help with my learning. This book has a lot of information about cryptocurrency currency, but there was a lot of information to absorb. I had a difficult time focusing on what I was reading. Also, the charts weren't displayed very well in my kindle so that was unfortunate. I'm not scoring this book at 3 stars because of that. It was just boring and a bit long in some chapters so I still can't tie everything together. Probably will review some shorter YouTube videos. That may help with my learning.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Smort

    An excellent primer on cryptocurrency and blockchain I couldn’t have hoped for a clearer, more thorough explanation of a fairly complex technology and phenomenon. Obviously I’m a bit late to the game, but if you’re like me and want to get to know more about these technologies as they are hopefully climbing into the plateau of productivity, I would absolutely recommend this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dermot O'Brien

    3.5. A great intro. Some valuable information, although the book tends to only hit the surface. As the author mentions, he hopes to spark greater interest and encourage further exploration into the vast topics mentioned. Some stars scratched off for the many spelling/grammar mistakes, odd footnotes, and indecipherable graphs.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Matt Sharp

    I've been involved with Cryptocurrency since 2011 but never really took the time to understand how the network functions on a deeper level. This book gives an accessible and clarifying overview on things like mining, cryptography and blockchain technology without getting overwhelmingly technical. There are grammatical errors and you can probably skip his rundown on the history of money, but otherwise this is definitely a good intro to the topic. I've been involved with Cryptocurrency since 2011 but never really took the time to understand how the network functions on a deeper level. This book gives an accessible and clarifying overview on things like mining, cryptography and blockchain technology without getting overwhelmingly technical. There are grammatical errors and you can probably skip his rundown on the history of money, but otherwise this is definitely a good intro to the topic.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sumaia

    It is a good book for someone who doesn't know anything about bitcoins and cryptocurrency in general. Many chapters, in the beginning, talk about money and the history of it. General financial information. It is a good book for someone who doesn't know anything about bitcoins and cryptocurrency in general. Many chapters, in the beginning, talk about money and the history of it. General financial information.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lookchin

    I've no prior knowledge about Bitcoin and blockchain. This book does give a lot of basic information which why people could understand. You still need to focus and concentrate as it introduces lots of new idea. I've no prior knowledge about Bitcoin and blockchain. This book does give a lot of basic information which why people could understand. You still need to focus and concentrate as it introduces lots of new idea.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christos

    With blockchains proposed in my industry (medicine) I tried a few times to read up on it. This was my only attempt that lead me to actually read and understand blockchains (and cryptocurrency of course). A very good introductory text, very well written for the layman.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Wouter

    Easy to understand book for anyone that is interested in the world of crypto and blockchains. Extends your knowledge on previous and current monetary systems, and describes the potentials and flaws of cryptocurrencies.

  20. 5 out of 5

    David Haller

    I serviceable introduction to the topic. A couple of years old, it's already a bit out of date (no NFTs, too much talk about ICOs), but of course crypto is a developmental rocket. Main complaint: Why does this book have no index! Dinged a star for that. I serviceable introduction to the topic. A couple of years old, it's already a bit out of date (no NFTs, too much talk about ICOs), but of course crypto is a developmental rocket. Main complaint: Why does this book have no index! Dinged a star for that.

  21. 5 out of 5

    agung

    Well explained, even for newbie, all basic things about crypto currency became understandable

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kasey Denton

    Excellent introduction into the different technologies associated with Bitcoin, Etherum and other crypto assets. Put straight forward with through explanations of jargon like Hashing and DeFi.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Solid intro and even-handed overview of the crypto space.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Beltrán

    Great introduction to not only blockchains and cryptocurrency but a brief history of currency and its evolution. I would recommend this to anyone interested in cryptocurrency.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michal Pawlicki

    Easy to digest; a great piece for both technical and non-technical people; covers the economical side as well as the technical

  26. 5 out of 5

    JeremyDanger

    Very Comprehensive and insightful! Great read

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    Clear and readable. You need a basic understanding of logic and mathematical reasoning.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pawan Gupta

    Easy, comprehensive, and instructive. Anyone can understand this subject once they read this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mishal Alexander

    Good book on blockchains to get the basics right.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paris Nikolopoulos

    Simple and Understandable Antony explains bitcoin and blockchain technology in layman’s terms. An excellent introduction for anyone that wants to start navigating the rabbit hole!

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