Get The Basics Book

The basics of bitcoins and blockchains

I wrote a book! 🙂

The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains is an essential guide for anyone who needs to learn about cryptocurrencies, ICOs, 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.

“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

“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

“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.

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

“Comprehensive overview of the fundamentals. One of the few recommended readings for my new staff.” – Yusho Liu, Cofounder, Coinhako

“A useful, usable and enjoyable read. Antony helps us all clearly understand the mechanics of bitcoin and blockchain” – Rob Findlay, Founder, Next Money

“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

“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


  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


You can order “The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains” now on Amazon.  It’s scheduled to go to print at the end of-August 2018.

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

Bulk ordering – please contact me for bulk purchases for your department, students, or team.

My dream is to see this in an airport bookshop, 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 hearing from you.

“This is a helpful introductory guide to cryptocurrencies.” – Tim Swanson, Post Oak Labs and Of Numbers blog

^ Best testimonial


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