Get The Basics Book

I wrote a book! 😅

The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains is an essential guide for anyone who needs to learn about cryptocurrencies, ICOs, tokens, and business blockchains.  Written in plain English, it provides a balanced and hype-free grounding in the essential concepts behind the revolutionary technology.

I wrote The Basics for an audience of business people, students, practitioners, and those who are simply interested in this technology.  I tried to make it entertaining even for those who are already working in the cryptocurrency or blockchain industry.

The Basics assumes no prior knowledge of finance, banking, cryptography, or technology from the reader, and each section builds on the previous one.  It’s a crash course, but with tidbits that even industry insiders may enjoy.

Video clips & testamonials

This book is an absolute must-read for anyone interested in the crypto space. It is probably the most comprehensive book I have seen on the basics of cryptocurrencies and I intend to use it as course material for my students.

Henri Arslanian, Chairman of FinTech Association of Hong Kong | PWC FinTech & Crypto Leader, Asia | Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Hong Kong

A useful, usable and enjoyable read. Antony helps us all clearly understand the mechanics of bitcoin and blockchain.

Rob Findlay, Founder, Next Money

This is one of the few credible books I suggest when people ask ‘Where can I learn about bitcoin?’. I’ve been in the space for quite some time and I still learned from The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains.

Zennon Kapron, Managing Director, Kapronasia

A delightful read that cuts the hype, finds the signal in the noise, and fires on all cylinders from front to back.

John Collins, Fintech advisor

Comprehensive overview of the fundamentals. One of the few recommended readings for my new staff.

Yusho Liu, Cofounder, Coinhako

My family asked me to explain what I do, I gave them a copy of this book. Antony explains cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies clearly and articulately, whilst remaining witty.

Colin Platt – Co-Host Blockchain Insider Podcast & DLT/Cryptocurrency Researcher

If you want a book that over-sells blockchain, go elsewhere.  This explains the fundamentals clearly and cuts through the hype.

Richard Gendal Brown, CTO, R3

A great resource for anyone who wants to understand what blockchain and cryptocurrency is really all about.

Paul Griffin, Associate Professor, School of Information Systems, Singapore Management University

An engaging, clear, and authoritative guide to the applications and implications of blockchains.

Greg Wolfson, Head of Business Development at Element Group

Einstein said that “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” Antony clearly understands and articulates the basics of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies.

Colin Platt – Co-Host Blockchain Insider Podcast & DLT/Cryptocurrency Researcher

Other nice things people have said…

This is a helpful introductory guide to cryptocurrencies.*

Tim Swanson, Post Oak Labs and Of Numbers blog

* My favourite testimonial


  1. Introduction
  2. Money
  3. Digital money
  4. Cryptography
  5. Cryptocurrencies
  6. Digital tokens
  7. Blockchain technology
  8. Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)
  9. Investing
  10. Conclusion

Download the The Basics – Contents (draft) in pdf format.


You can get “The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains” now on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or Kinokuniya Singapore and a bunch of other places.

Buy it for yourself, your staff and new joiners, your students and classmates, your family, and friends who keep asking you to chainsplain…

Help me

My dream is to see this in an airport bookshop (Edit: Mission accomplished! It was seen in Hong Kong and Bali airports), if you can help with this or anything else related to marketing or distribution, please let me know!  Also if you can help with translation and non-English markets, please also get in touch.  I look forward to hearing from you – thank you 🙏

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