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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 thatmore 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
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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
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