I am the first to admit that I do not know much about bitcoin (the mysterious digital currency) recently in the news as the method of payment by a California hospital to hackers after a malware attack (see this story on CNN Money). I saw my first Bitcoin ATM while on a trip to Portland Oregon last year in the Pioneer Place Mall.
How can you learn more about bitcoin, and other digital currencies? Here are some new books that may be of interest:
Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the inside story of the misfits and millionaires trying to reinvent money by Nathaniel Popper. New York: Harper, 2015. Call No: HG 1710 P68 2015.
“A New York Times technology and business reporter charts the dramatic rise of Bitcoin and the fascinating personalities who are striving to create a new global money for the Internet age” [publisher’s website].
Handbook of Digital Currency: Bitcoin, Innovation, Financial Instruments, and Data edited by D. Lee Kuo Chen. Academic Press, 2015. Ebook available on the ScienceDirect platform.
” •Discusses all major strategies and tactics associated with digital currencies, their uses, and their regulations
•Presents future scenarios for the growth of digital currencies
•Written for regulators, crime prevention units, tax authorities, entrepreneurs, micro-financiers, micro-payment businesses, cryptography experts, software developers, venture capitalists, hedge fund managers, hardware manufacturers, credit card providers, money changers, remittance service providers, exchanges, and academics” [publisher’s website].
Understanding Bitcoin: Cryptography, Engineering, and Economics by Pedro Franco. New York: Wiley, 2014. Available online via the Wiley Online Library platform.
Part one explores the foundations, technology, and economics of bitcoin and provides examples of how bitcoin is used in business applications. Part two explores bitcoin technology including public key cryptography, transactions, the blockchain, wallets, and mining. Part three explores the cryptocurrencies landscape.