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Whether you are a novice or an expert in blockchain technology, there are a number of books that should be on your must-read list. Here are our picks for the best blockchain books for 2023.
Our #1 book would have to be Blockchain Success Stories: Case Studies from the Leading Edge of Business, available in print from Amazon and audiobook from Audible. As this book was co-written by our publisher Sir John Hargrave and contributor Evan Karnoupakis, we have not included it in our official ratings.

To rate and review the top blockchain books, we compiled the quality and quantity of user reviews on major booksellers, looking for overall clarity and readability. Read on.

mastering bitcoinMastering Bitcoin

Author: Andreas Antonopoulos

Goodreads Rating: 4.32

Number of Amazon Ratings: 930

Mastering Bitcoin is best suited for those who already have a basic understanding of programming and cryptography. It is written by Andreas Antonopoulos, a vocal bitcoin advocate and computer scientist, who gives a thorough explanation of the infrastructure of the bitcoin blockchain.

Mastering Bitcoin is a great book that introduces you to the concepts behind bitcoin and later gives a detailed explanation of how the system works. It is a great read for anyone who wants a basic understanding of how to create a blockchain of their own. (BMJ Score: 4.5)

the internet of moneyThe Internet of Money

Author: Andreas Antonopoulos

Goodreads Rating: 4.07

Number of Amazon Ratings: 1,254

The Internet of Money is another book by Andreas Antonopoulos, the vocal bitcoin advocate, and computer scientist.  The book contextualizes the significance of bitcoin through a series of essays covering the maturation of the digital currency over time.

Through the series of three books, The Internet of Money delves into the “why bitcoin?” question, giving you another point of view from most books that explain the “how.” (BMJ Score: 4.5)

the bitcoin standardThe Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking

Author: Saifedean Ammous

Goodreads Rating: 4.16

Number of Amazon Ratings: 5,519

Written by academic and Austrian economist Saifedean Ammous, The Bitcoin Standard discusses the history of money, the relationship between economics and society, and why bitcoin constitutes “good money.”

The book touts bitcoin as an excellent alternative to central banking, which makes it a must-read for open-minded lawmakers and bankers alike. (BMJ Score: 4.5)

cryptoassetsCryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond

Authors: Chris Burniske, Jack Tate

Goodreads Rating: 3.96

Number of Amazon Ratings: 807

Cryptoassets is the go-to book for professional investors who want to learn more about digital currencies and tokens. Chris Burniske and Jack Tate go into great detail on everything from tools for valuing digital assets to portfolio management techniques. This book is a must-read for anyone who is serious about investing in cryptocurrencies. (BMJ Score: 4.5)

digital goldDigital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money

Author: Nathaniel Popper

Goodreads Rating: 4.16

Number of Amazon Ratings: 814

New York Times journalist Nathaniel Popper tells the story of bitcoin through the eyes of some of the movement’s most colorful characters. For readers who like bitcoin, technology, and history, this book makes for an amusing and interesting read.

Digital Gold is an easy-to-read book with a great flow that presents a very in-depth history of bitcoin. This makes it a good place to start for anyone looking to learn the creation of bitcoin. (BMJ Score: 4.0)

the basics of bitcoinsThe Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains: An Introduction to Cryptocurrencies and the Technology that Powers Them

Author: Anthony Lewis

Goodreads Rating: 4.14

Number of Amazon Ratings: 1,031

Anthony Lewis gently takes you on a journey of understanding bitcoin, blockchains, and cryptocurrencies. The book also gives you insight into investing in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. A good read for beginners looking to learn the workings of the crypto markets and the digital asset world in general. (BMJ Score: 4.0)

blockchain basicsBlockchain Basics

Author: Daniel Drescher

Goodreads Rating: 4.0

Number of Amazon Ratings: 588

This book is arguably the best basic introduction to blockchain technology for novices. It does not require prior knowledge or understanding of computer science, math, cryptography, or any other related terms in order to grasp the principles. Daniel Drescher does a great job explaining blockchain technology in the simplest way through pictures, analogies, and metaphors.

Ultimately, Blockchain Basics is a great beginner-friendly book that covers the technical concepts about the blockchain and its application in modern businesses. (BMJ Score: 3.5)

blockchain bubbleBlockchain Bubble or Revolution: The Present and Future of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

Authors: Neel Mehta, Aditya Agashe, and Parth Detroja

Goodreads Rating: 4.40

Number of Amazon Ratings: 1,854

Blockchain Bubble or Revolution provides a comprehensive overview of blockchain concepts and also delves into the technical and social issues with public blockchains.

The trio breaks down complex tech concepts into a digestible comprehensive guide into the future, benefits, and challenges of blockchain. (BMJ Score: 3.5)

an altcoins traderAn Altcoin Trader’s Handbook

Author: Nik Patel

Goodreads Rating: 4.10

Number of Amazon Ratings: 495

Written by digital currency investor Nik Patel, An Altcoin Trader’s Handbook is a guide for navigating the ever-growing altcoin market from a trader’s point of view. In the first half of the book, Nik Patel introduces you to digital assets then he goes on to give his insights into digital assets in the second half of the book.

The book is a decent read for budding crypto traders who want to improve their investment knowledge. (BMJ Score: 3.5)

the metaverseThe Metaverse: And How It Will Revolutionize Everything

Author: Matthew Ball

Goodreads Rating: 4

Number of Amazon Ratings: 552

The Metaverse takes readers on a tour to explore the technologies that will power the “next internet” and the breakthroughs that will be needed to realize the ideas beyond just gaming and science fiction to other industries like education, finance, and healthcare to name a few.

A great read for anyone who wants to better understand this commonly misunderstood concept, and discover the new value that comes with it, plus how it may reshape society in the future. (BMJ Score: 3.5)

proof of stakeProof of Stake: The Making of Ethereum

Author:  Vitalik Buterin and Nathan Schneider (editor)

Goodreads Rating: 3.78

Number of Amazon Ratings: 60

Proof of Stake is a collection of blog posts and other writings from Ethereum’s co-founder and one of the most influential creators in the crypto space, Vitalik Buterin. The book is put together and edited by Nathan Schneider, an assistant media studies professor at the University of Colorado Boulder.

He documents Ethereum’s early days and focuses on Vitalik’s deep questions about finance, consensus, society, and markets, to name a few. Proof of Stake is a great read for anyone interested in the future of blockchain technology. (BMJ Score: 3.5 )

the only cryptoThe Only Cryptocurrency Investing Book You’ll Ever Need

Author: Freeman Publications

Goodreads Rating: 4.0

Number of Amazon Ratings:  571

The book is curated for beginners to help them understand the cryptocurrency space and how to get started. It covers most things a beginner investor needs to know to quickly get into the industry, from guides on buying and storing coins to tips on how to spot crypto scams. The authors also provide their insights on DeFi and the digital assets they are backing to succeed.

A good read for anyone looking for a beginner-friendly book on how to get into crypto and NFTs. (BMJ Score: 3.5)

blockchain technologyBlockchain Technology Explained: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide About Blockchain Wallet, Mining, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Zcash, Monero, Ripple, Dash, IOTA and Smart Contracts

Author: Alan Norman

Goodreads Rating: 4.0

Number of Amazon Ratings: 598

Blockchain Technology Explained by Alan Norman exclusively focuses on how blockchain works and how it may be applied in the future. Alan Norman goes into how the blockchain can be applied outside of finance, and the problems faced by bitcoin.

Generally, a mid-scoring book that will give you an understanding of blockchain in the present and what it could become. (BMJ Score: 3.0)

the book of satoshiThe Book of Satoshi

Author: Phil Champagne

Goodreads Rating: 4.07

Number of Amazon Ratings: 341

The Book of Satoshi provides all of Nakamoto’s online posts in a chronological manner with added commentary from the author, Phil Champagne. He delivers a comprehensive compilation of all publications posted online by bitcoin’s pseudonymous creator.

Overall, a unique book that takes an exhaustive look into the origin story of bitcoin, for those looking to learn more about Satoshi Nakamoto and bitcoin’s past.  (BMJ Score: 3.0)

attack of the 50 foot blockchainAttack of the 50 Foot Blockchain

Author: David Gerard

Goodreads Rating: 4.0

Number of Amazon Ratings: 429

David Gerard is a bitcoin and blockchain skeptic who does a good job of encapsulating the major challenges facing the cryptocurrency sector. This book provides a contrarian view of blockchain to help readers understand the main criticisms with which the sector struggles, so that readers can form a well-rounded opinion about blockchain technology.

David Gerard explains the concept of bitcoin exhaustively making this book highly readable and informative for anyone interested to hear both sides of the crypto story. (BMJ Score: 3.0)

mastering blockchainMastering Blockchain: Deeper Insights into Decentralization, Cryptography, Bitcoin and Popular Blockchain Forums

Author: Iman Bashir

Goodreads Rating: 4.30

Number of Amazon Ratings: 201

Mastering Blockchain goes deep into the working of the blockchain, teaching you how to develop smart contracts, mine digital currencies, and more. The book covers the core concepts of blockchain making it a good read for technologists, business executives, or enthusiasts. (BMJ Score: 3.0)

the nft handbookThe NFT Handbook

Author: Matt Fortnow and QuHarrison Terry

Goodreads Rating: 3.8

Number of Amazon Ratings: 284

The NFT Handbook is a beginner-friendly guide on how to create, sell and buy non-fungible tokens. Authored by Matt Fortnow, an entertainment lawyer and entrepreneur, and QuHarrison Terry, a growth marketer, and producer, it covers everything from how this novel technology works, Ethereum and gas fees to how to get into the NFT market.

The book is targeted to anyone who lacks a technical background and wants to know how NFTs work including how they are created, minted, and traded. (BMJ Score: 3.0)

the everything guide to investingThe Everything Guide to Investing in Cryptocurrency

Author: Ryan Derousseau

Goodreads Rating: 3.9

Number of Amazon Ratings: 247

The Everything Guide to Investing in Cryptocurrency generally has everything you’d expect from a crypto beginner’s guide. The author, Ryan Derousseau dives into the major cryptocurrencies, where to trade, setting up and managing your wallets, and crypto investments analysis.

Ryan’s book is a good read for anyone looking to understand the ins and outs of crypto and the potential of investing in digital assets. (BMJ Score: 3.0)

cryptocurrency trading and investingCryptocurrency Trading & Investing: Beginners Guide To Trading & Investing In Bitcoin, Altcoins & ICOs

Author: Aimee Vo

Goodreads Rating: 4.11

Number of Amazon Ratings: 111

Blockchain advocate Aimee Vo provides an excellent guide to investing in digital currencies. This book is a useful read for beginners who want to learn more about this new digital asset class. A decent place to start if you are new to blockchain and bitcoin, and want to learn to trade and invest in different digital assets. (BMJ Score: 2.5)

beyond bitcoinBeyond Bitcoin: Decentralized Finance and the End of Banks

Author: Steven Boykey Sidley

Goodreads Rating: 4.1

Number of Amazon Ratings: 21

The authors, Steven Boykey Sidley (an award-winning novelist, playwright, and columnist) and Simon Dingle (an author, broadcaster and entrepreneur with extensive experience in cryptocurrency), do a good job of explaining what has happened in the past few years, and their thoughts on what will be happening in DeFi in the coming years. They believe that DeFi will disrupt the traditional banking system and provide users with a decentralized alternative.  (BMJ Score: 2.5)

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