Blockchain has come into limelight, hitching its wagon to the cryptocurrency. With Bitcoin rates at an all-time high, governments around the world are realigning their view on cryptocurrencies. With it there is a spotlight on the underlying technology, i.e., blockchain.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology came up with a draft on national strategy for blockchain. It states the use of the technology in governance services, supply chain management, etc.
For professionals who want to deep dive into the technology and understand its applications, various books on the subject are available. It might be overwhelming. Therefore, here are five books that provide a comprehensive look at the technology, its adoption and applications:
- Blockchain Revolution: How the technology behind bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is changing the world
The book is authored by Don Tapscott, the author of Wikinomics and his son, Alex Tapscott who is a blockchain expert. Blockchain Revolution simplifies the complex subject and introduces the guide to the applications enhancing the everyday life of the people. The transformation trickles down to music, intellectual property to insurance claims. Therefore, the infrastructure and data management is going to undergo a massive transformation. The book throws light on the same topics.
The book has received rave reviews from the stalwarts of technology industry. Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft said the book “has had an enormous impact on the evolution of blockchain in the world.” Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple called it “mind-blowing”.
- Blockchain Basics: A non-technical introduction in 25 steps
The book is authored by Daniel Drescher. The book can give an idea of the working of the technology and its implications on the financial system. The basis of the book is in 25 steps you’ll learn the basics of the technology, sans any mathematical formulas, code or computer science jargon. Understanding of the book is easy as it does not require previous knowledge in mathematics, programming or cryptography. The book explains both technical concepts and business applications of blockchain.
- Blockchain for enterprise application developers
The book is authored by Ambadas Tulajadas Choudhari, Arshad Sarfarz Ariff, and Sham M R. The book throws light on aspects in blockchain, the process on designing solutions, building prototypes and the future of the technology. E and Hyperledger, two blockchain platforms are explained as they are relevant in the enterprise use cases. It also lists the use cases in the enterprise with respect to the technology.
- Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy
The book is authored by Melanie Swan, Founder of the Institute for Blockchain Studies. The book takes the reader on a journey of blockchain beyond bitcoin usage. It focuses on how blockchain can be the fifth disruptive computing paradigm. The book delves into topics such as using blockchain for automated tracking of all digital endeavors. It also throws light on how blockchain can make better use of the data mining network. Blockchain can also be used to store personal health record, including access to genomic data. The book discusses the same too.
- Blockchain: The complete guide to understanding blockchain technology
The book is authored by Miles Price. Along with explain the technology, Price pays attention to bring forth the understanding of how profit can be made today. The book focuses on the implementation and the technical underpinnings and how to earn profit mining cryptocurrencies.
Blockchain is definitely revolutionary and the applications are gradually increasing, trickling down from bitcoin to the everyday life. Its best to be better prepared for the future.