Andreas Antonopoulos is a heck of a smart cookie, a great speaker, and one of the world’s leading bitcoin experts. The eleven chapters that make up his book, The Internet of Money, are the transcripts of selected presentations Andreas gave over the past few years. The publisher edited the transcripts to improve readability and to correct inadvertent errors. At 123 pages, the book is a short read. Each chapter has a corresponding YouTube video. Here are the chapter titles with links to the videos:
- What Is Bitcoin?
- Peer-to-Peer Money
- Privacy, Identity, Surveillance and Money
- Innovators, Disruptors, Misfits, and Bitcoin
- Dumb Networks, Innovation, and the Festival of the Commons
- Infrastructure Inversion
- Currency as a Language
- Bitcoin Design Principals
- Money as a Content Type
- Elements of Trust: Unleashing Creativity
- Scaling Bitcoin
I was able to absorb the subject matter better by reading a chapter before watching its video. There are a few cases where the material in the presentations overlaps; however, I was pleasantly surprised that the chapters weren’t excessively repetitive. All too often, people who give speeches just regurgitate the same material over and over. Since Andreas knows so much about bitcoin, and he’s able to talk about it fluently, he doesn’t have to keep giving the same canned speech.
The presentations are interesting and enjoyable. But because Andreas gave his talks to diverse audiences, which could include individuals with little knowledge about bitcoin, he couldn’t go much further than fundamental concepts. Consequently, while this book is informative, it won’t exactly make your brain hurt. I highly recommend it for non-technical people trying to understand bitcoin. I also believe that The Internet of Money is worth a read even if you’re already well-versed in bitcoin. If you’re short on time, you could probably get most of the benefits of reading the book by only watching the videos, which I linked to them in this post.
For a far more in-depth book on bitcoin, Andreas also wrote Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies. I haven’t read it yet. I’m waiting for volume 2, which should be available in early 2017. You can read and contribute to draft chapters of the book on GitHub. Clearly, Andreas cares more about writing a good book than about preventing people from reading it for free. Good for him.
You can learn more about Andreas by checking out his Web site.