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Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  676 ratings  ·  70 reviews

Bitcoin is starting to come into its own as a digital currency, but the blockchain technology behind it could prove to be much more significant. This book takes you beyond the currency ("Blockchain 1.0") and smart contracts ("Blockchain 2.0") to demonstrate how the blockchain is in position to become the fifth disruptive computing paradigm after mainframes, PCs, the Int

Kindle Edition, 152 pages
Published January 24th 2015 by O'Reilly Media (first published January 22nd 2014)
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Alex Danila
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Lacking technical details in general. A better title would be: Blockchain-use cases.
Interesting ideas, but closer to fiction than to reality.

Monika Radclyffe
Oct 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book may as well be classified as fiction. Doesn't even explain what blockchain is at all. ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
There's some good overview and some good ideas in this book, but much of it is just a catalog of existing projects, and much of the rest is speculation (some of it outlandish). The book is brought back to Earth in the end with a sober look at the problems that Bitcoin faces ... but it's ultimately just another list. ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Not a bad book on the conceptual potential for Blockchain. However, I went into it believing more in it's potential and came out less enthusiastic. Seems years and years away from any truly meaningful development and will require significant buy-in. If you're interested in Blockchain technology, definitely a good book to start with. ...more
Shritesh Bhattarai
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are undoubtedly the most hyped technology ever. This book is all about taking that hype to the extreme and listing every way blockchains can change the world. Most of the book reads like PR press releases for business people with buzzwords galore. But hey, sometimes you might just need a book with lots of ideas and little substance to make you think about all the possibilities of this technology and let your mind run wild.
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
The book is good, has all the current use cases for blockchain tech. As for the rest of the book it's mostly "in theory" meaning things that blockchain might be able to do. I can sympathize with the author, however, as the Blockchain industry is so new that most of what the industry heads talks about is also theoretical. ...more
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
There are many promises for blockchain related technology, but not much about how blockchain enables those promises, nor how it would work in the real world.
Vn Le
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Non technical book for nontechnical people
Joe Cosentino
I picked this up to get a better understanding of the technology underlying most cryptocurrencies (blockchain) and specifically to get a better idea of use cases and the long term thesis for the technology. While the writing was a bit dense at times and the ideas very hypothetical (some bordering on science fiction), the book was easily digestible for someone not very technical, and I can say definitively that I have a better understanding of the fundamentals of blockchain. This book was about 3 ...more
Alankrit Mittal
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: tech
I wanted to read a book that can give a in depth and balanced of the new trend in the market that is blockchain. I was disappointed by this book as it does not explore blockchain in as much depth as I would have liked it to do.
This a good book for the person who have no technical background and is neither interested in the tech professionally nor hope to be in the future but just want himself/herself to keep updated which what is happening in the most influential industry of the time.
I would h
Trevor Cory
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
It starts off okay, and does a good job of providing an overview of recent affairs, then plummets into an amateurish half baked pitch fest of what could be. In a sense you see the author's very limited imagination of society as solely an economic machine and her enthusiasm as a product of the ability to force all persons into an economized world, properly incentivized, according to her thinly veiled pleasure. The author's greatest flaw is that she seems to expound countless could be and should b ...more
Abhay Mittal
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mittal-s
A brilliant read on the much exciting and complex topic of Blockchain. The book goes on to describe the range of opportunities which this technology brings about in the simplest of format. Easy to comprehend, mild jargons and details about the oceans of opportunities are mind blowing. The best part of this book is that it arranges the concept of Blockchain in 3 tiers. This smoothens the understanding and gives a lot of food for thought for infinite new business models.
Good overview of all of the things that blockchain can (and might) do in a future society. However, it's a bit light on the details of how blockchain works at a technical level, and it only quickly reviews potential problems with the blockchain that are yet to be solved. However, it is a very inspiring look at how revolutionary blockchain could be in the future once it goes more mainstream and once some of the problems with it are solved. ...more
Andrew Calverley
Most of the reviews are fairly insular and looking at how this book failed them in optimising their bitcoin miners.

Blockchain is transformative in the areas of public information, land rights, personal data, Information system logging, financial transactions, voting systems and a myriad of other applications.

Would have liked the authors to have used several current examples where blockchain has been used in these areas an expanded upon them. E-Estonia for example.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is mainly focused on the market impact of blockchain. The main thing they tried to explore is the future of the blockchain. There is not much technical stuff. So recommended for those people who want an idea of how this blockchain technology is reshaping the present and will reshape the near future.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a good survey of the potential of blockchain. For those seeking to understand its implications, this is a short and easy read. The book is lacking in technical details, however. If searching for technical text, you will likely be disappointed in this book.
Ghassan Samaha
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book is work-under-progress: such as blockchain. However, in here I got to understand: self-bootstrapping as a new business concept. I find that very interesting, I am also very CONVINCED that the blockchain technology will bring a new level of friendliness in the context of the online.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Those who want to know what BlockChain is should choose to read another book. Many potential use cases are described but no information is provided about how to implement them. It can not be said that the information is up to date. an old book.
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: blockchain
This book provides a decent overview of broad concepts related to cryptocurrency and blockchain. However, it lacks true depth needed to imbue readers with a comprehensive understanding of blockchain technology, economic principles, and history.
Quang Bao
Apr 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I like this book! This book has everything a person who does not know Blockchain needs. All terms used in the blockchain were described and easy to understand. I highly recommend this should be the first book to read if you want to learn about Blockchain or know about it.
K Subbu
May 18, 2022 rated it it was ok
As a software engineer, I was hoping to get a good understanding of the Blockchain technology. But this book just lists all the hypothetically possible applications of Blockchain. Does not offer any serious material on blockchain.
Demetris Kellari
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Good for people who want an overview of the potential applications of blockchain technology. Not a great source if you want to understand more about the specifics of the technology.
Curtis Jensen
Info on possible uses of Blockchains. A bit repetitive and no technical details.
Maybe ok for brainstorming ideas, but not much else.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
non-technical overview of blockchain and bitcoin. Interesting overview but speculative. Good read for general reader.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not worth spending time on, a couple of you tube videos will give you more insights into what block chain is!
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Nice high level overview of the potential uses for Blockchain applications. It is a bit outdated at this point, but still useful as reference to the topic.
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: economics, computer
Ok introduction to some uses of blockchain.
Hùng Lê
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Actually i dont like this book.
Duong Tan
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This book facilitates some imagination. That's OK. ...more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read until chaper 2 then stop.
I want to know exactly how blockchain works, but I can’t find in this book.
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