The Bitcoin Guidebook: How to Obtain, Invest, and Spend the World¿s First Decentralized Cryptocurrency

The Bitcoin Guidebook: How to Obtain, Invest, and Spend the World¿s First Decentralized Cryptocurrency

by Ian DeMartino

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Overview

The Bitcoin Guidebook: How to Obtain, Invest, and Spend the World¿s First Decentralized Cryptocurrency by Ian DeMartino

Bitcoin is not another payment processor. Like the Internet, Bitcoin is a technology that runs through a distributed network. No one controls it, and no one can shut it down. Bitcoin has been called the currency of the Internet, but it is much more powerful than that—more astute observers have called it the Internet of currency.

The Bitcoin Guidebook is for anyone who doesn’t want to be left behind in the next technological revolution. It is an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand guide that explains everything the reader needs to know about how Bitcoin and other digital currencies work, what they can be used for, and how they will shape our society in the future. Topics covered include:

The digital currency’s origins, past, present, and future
The revolutionary blockchain technology behind Bitcoin
How to obtain and invest in Bitcoin
How and where to spend Bitcoin
Bitcoin’s relationship with the seedy Internet underground
Alternative digital currencies

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634505246
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 08/16/2016
Pages: 356
Sales rank: 314,841
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ian DeMartino is the cofounder of CoinJournal and freelance writer for CoinDesk. He worked as a technology writer for various sites before becoming interested in Bitcoin. He lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Keywords xii

Who's Who xxi

Section I What is Bitcoin?

Chapter 1 Bitcoin 101: Blockchain Technology 3

Chapter 2 A Practical Guide on How to Buy, Save, and Spend Bitcoins 17

Chapter 3 Precursors, History and Creation, Satoshi's White Paper 23

Chapter 4 Who Runs Bitcoin? 41

Chapter 5 What Gives Bitcoin Its Value? 56

Chapter 6 Bitcoin: Anonymous or Pseudonymous? 73

Chapter 7 Bitcoin and the Criminal Element 93

Chapter 8 Mt. Gox: Bitcoin's Defining Moment? 118

Chapter 9 Other Bitcoin Scams and Common Tactics 136

Section II How to Invest in Bitcoin

Chapter 10 How to Buy Bitcoin with a Bank Account, Cash, or PayPal 165

Chapter 11 Working for Bitcoin 177

Chapter 12 Mining 186

Chapter 13 HODL! 201

Chapter 14 Day Trading 208

Chapter 15 Altcoin Trading and Pump-and-Dumps 217

Chapter 16 Peer-to-Peer Lending 226

Chapter 17 Investing in Other Commodities Using Bitcoin 233

Section III What Can Bitcoin Do For Me?

Chapter 18 Remittance 247

Chapter 19 Microtransactions 262

Chapter 20 Start-up Funding 271

Section IV The Future of Bitcoin

Chapter 21 Altcoins and Bitcoin 2.0 Projects 281

Chapter 22 Distributed Autonomous Corporations, Governance, and Niche Economies 314

Index 327

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