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Best Crypto Books to Read in 2021

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Liquid strives to help people understand the complex world of blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

There can be no better resource than the internet when you want to learn more about cryptocurrency and the blockchain technology. It should be the case since cryptocurrencies are imagined to be completely digital and decentralized.

There is always too much info spread across a vast territory on the internet. Although there are some how-to guides, you may not get a comprehensive overview. That is where crypto books come into the scene.

Crypto books are non-fiction books that talk about the past, present, and future of cryptocurrency comprehensively. Reading one of these books sometimes can save you time and effort compared to reading hundreds of articles on the internet. There’s a condition, though. You should try to pick one of the best crypto books out there — best in terms of content, coverage, conceptual clarity, etc.

We have prepared a list of the best crypto books you can read in 2021 according to Liquid. We won’t go deep into what’s inside the book, but these are the best choices in our opinion. Just keep in mind that a single book won’t be enough for everyone.

1. The Bitcoin Standard

The Bitcoin Standard by Saifedean Ammous is probably the most popular book about cryptocurrency you’d get today. Published in 2018, this is more than an introduction to Bitcoin becomes more than a description of what Bitcoin has done. For instance, Mr. Ammous has analyzed the impact Bitcoin has had on society’s political, social, and economic aspects. As you can guess from the name, the perspective is also about how Bitcoin could become the next standard for payments and transactions. In light of all this, if you need a crisp yet factual introduction to Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency transformation, this is an excellent choice.

2. The Internet of Money

The Internet of Money takes a different approach to let its readers understand the past and present of the Bitcoin revolution. It’s a collection of talks and essays that cover the various aspects of this groundbreaking technology. There are a few complications, though. First of all, the book was published back in 2016, meaning that you may miss some modern elements. Similarly, some reviews note that the book’s tone gets quite evangelical at times, but we think that’s the writer’s enthusiasm speaking. Simultaneously, the Internet of Money provides a history of money as you should know it.


3. Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond

While the books we mentioned above approach Bitcoin and cryptocurrency from the common man’s perspective, Cryptoassets is slightly different. This book outlines how the crypto world has changed the investing scene and how users can invest in Bitcoin and beyond. The good thing here is that it can give equal coverage of tokens such as Ether, Monero, and Ripple, which come in handy. Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar, the authors, did this incredible job back in 2017, but the core elements have not changed. That is why a copy of Cryptoassets still makes its way to our list.

4. The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains

Let’s just say you want to know more than just Bitcoin and its economic impact. In that case, you must read this crypto book called The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains. Antony Lewis’s book has been designed to give readers a quick introduction to cryptocurrencies and the technology that powers them. So, in a single read, you would get to know about blockchain technology, derivatives, and the first steps of crypto-based trading. Probably the best part about this book is that it gives a clear picture of how every currency-powered market works, with some extra focus on the blockchain revolution.

5. Mastering Blockchain

Mastering Blockchain by Imran Bashir is one of the recent entries on this list of crypto books. Published back in August 2020, this book talks about almost everything you should know about blockchains. The discussed elements include distributed ledgers, smart contracts, DApps, cryptocurrencies, consensus protocols. Some of the examples would be a proper analysis of Ethereum and the growth of the same. If you think the four books we have mentioned above are elementary, Mastering Blockchain won’t disappoint you. You should brace yourself with some background reading before you jump into this one.

The Bottom Line

We understand this is a small collection, especially considering the incredible number of books written about cryptocurrencies and Bitcoins. However, we have chosen these crypto books because they can provide you an overall idea about Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. We have also included a few options to check out if you are interested in blockchain and related technologies. Rest assured, any of these books will be a great addition to your 2021 reading list.

Previously, we also covered an article on some of the best crypto movies and documentaries you must watch this year.

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