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March 12, 2018, 08:07:49 AM
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Inspired by a recent post, I've decided to create a thread listing good reference works for newbies wanting to learn more about Bitcoin and the blockchain. If you guys have any other suggestions, please feel free to add them, and I'll edit this top post.

--------------Very brief introductions:

- What is a blockchain? by Blockchainhub https://blockchainhub.net/blockchain-intro/
- Blockchain: a Beginner's Guide - Blockchainhub https://s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/blockchainhub.media/Blockchain+Technology+Intro.pdf

--------------Books
- Blockchain Revolution by Alex & Don Tapscott https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01EGYYNF8/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1]

- Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy by Melanie Swan https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blockchain-Blueprint-Economy-Melanie-Swan-ebook/dp/B00SNS9JLW/ref=sr_1_7?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1520840872&sr=1-7&keywords=blockchain]

- Digital Gold by Nathaniel Popper

- The Age of Cryptocurrency by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey [url=https://www.amazon.co.uk/Age-Cryptocurrency-Bitcoin-Challenging-Economic/dp/B00SXAK6Q2/ref=sr_1_6?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1520875545&sr=1-6&keywords=the+age+of+cryptocurrency]


- The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything also by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey (Coming out 22nd March)

- The Internet of Money by Andreas Antonopoulos

- The Internet of Money Vol. 2 by Andreas Antonopoulos

- Bitcoin From Beginner to Expert by Christian Newman

- Blockchain: Discover the Technology behind Smart Contracts, Wallets, Mining and Cryptocurrency (including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Digibyte and Others) by Abraham K. White

- Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond by Chris Burniske & Jack Tatar https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cryptoassets-Innovative-Investors-Bitcoin-Beyond/dp/1260026671/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1520840949&sr=8-1&keywords=cryptoassets]

- Mastering Bitcoin, second edition by Andreas Antonopoulos https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mastering-Bitcoin-2e-Andreas-Antonopoulos/dp/1491954388/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1520841017&sr=1-1&keywords=mastering+bitcoin]

-Blockchain Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction in 25 Steps by Daniel Drescher https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blockchain-Basics-Non-Technical-Introduction-Steps/dp/1484226038/ref=pd_sim_14_5?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=NAP99FMW6ET9KPW1S92G]

- Introducing Ethereum and Solidity: Foundations of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Programming for Beginners by Chris Dannen https://www.amazon.co.uk/Introducing-Ethereum-Solidity-Foundations-Cryptocurrency-ebook/dp/B06XQFYL2M/ref=pd_sim_351_14?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=WCDN0CBTB34FZRBM5NN3]

- Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies by Stanford https://d28rh4a8wq0iu5.cloudfront.net/bitcointech/readings/princeton_bitcoin_book.pdf]

---------------------Courses
- Coursera: Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies by Stanford https://www.coursera.org/learn/cryptocurrency]

- Coursera: IBM Blockchain for Developers by IBM https://www.coursera.org/learn/ibm-blockchain-essentials-for-developers]

- UDemy: Understanding blockchain technology

- EDX: Blockchain for Business - An Introduction to Hyperledger Technologies [url=https://www.edx.org/course/blockchain-business-introduction-linuxfoundationx-lfs171x


- UCBerkeley Blockchain fundamentals[\b]

- UNicosa Msc in Digital Currency [url=https://digitalcurrency.unic.ac.cy]


- IBM Developer Works https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/

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- Coursera: IBM Blockchain for Developers by IBM https://www.coursera.org/learn/ibm-blockchain-essentials-for-developers

To be honest I started that course from IBM and honestl so far it's boring I know most of the stuff they present there + they are talking about private blockchains for companies and honestly I am kinda more interested in open blockchains that give the real freedom.
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- Coursera: IBM Blockchain for Developers by IBM https://www.coursera.org/learn/ibm-blockchain-essentials-for-developers

To be honest I started that course from IBM and honestl so far it's boring I know most of the stuff they present there + they are talking about private blockchains for companies and honestly I am kinda more interested in open blockchains that give the real freedom.

Totally fair! I thought it was dry too.

Do you have any recommendations for better courses/material? I'll add them to the list!

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March 12, 2018, 02:25:08 PM
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Woderful resources compiled in a single post. Thanks for sharing
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March 12, 2018, 03:05:25 PM
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Well, that’s a useful thread. If I may, I’d add a suggestion: how do you guys choose your sources of information on the topic? Do you have any criteria about what a good source is? Is there anything in particular that you avoid?
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March 12, 2018, 04:35:26 PM
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Thank you! Much appreciated.

When I started out on this forum I was looking for a post like this one, but couldn't find any. Luckily some of my friends have been working in this space for a while, so I asked them, and found a few on my own. I generally prefer books as they have to go through a serious vetting process; another good way to check quality is to look at the publisher and google the author (some publishers are better than others). Hope that helps.

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Updated after consulting the general and serious discussion sections.

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March 12, 2018, 06:07:27 PM
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Updated with additional courses

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March 26, 2018, 01:03:04 PM
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At least one book can now be downloaded (legally) for free - The Internet of Money Vol. 2 by Andreas Antonopoulos:

https://cdn.oreillystatic.com/pdf/mastering-bitcoin-second-edition.pdf

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March 26, 2018, 03:04:38 PM
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I'm a brand newb, and these videos helped me understand so much  Grin ...

I will be watching the resources you shared as well... so useful thank you for posting!!

1.  Bitcoin: Distributing power and trust
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WI1pbHi1fww&index=22&list=WL&t=1s

2. what is "fiat" money?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L04VLaZX1y8&index=23&list=WL&t=0s

3. Ted talk "the blockchain explained simply
"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP_hGPQVLpA

4. How does a blockchain work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSo_EIwHSd4

5. "how the internet works" Which I found really helpful to understand larger concepts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxcc6ycZ73M&list=PLzdnOPI1iJNfMRZm5DDxco3UdsFegvuB7&index=1

6. How the economic machine works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHe0bXAIuk0
(again this isn't directly related, but the concepts are super important and everything else will make more sense after watching it.
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