- Paperback: 394 pages
- Publisher: The Book Of Satoshi; 1 edition (June 5, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996061312
- ISBN-13: 978-0996061315
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Book Of Satoshi: The Collected Writings of Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto Paperback – June 5, 2014
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"Here is a phenomenal book which contains the complete collected writings of everything Satoshi ever posted about bitcoin."
━John W. Ratcliff, Let's Talk Bitcoin, 06/22/2014
"After revisiting the (white) paper, I realized that the book as a whole allowed me to more thoroughly understand its intricacies. Overall, the book provides information that readers from any professional background can get something from... The Book of Satoshi's pseudo-encyclopedic structure allows the reader to jump across different topics depending on the info they're seeking."
━Kevin Cruz, Bitcoin Magazine, 11/19/2014
"Phil Champagne has put into an easy-to-read format the fomenting of one of the most important technological innovations of our time... a completely decentralized platform to perform payment transaction without the need for a trusted third party. Its importance is only surpassed by the Internet itself as an evolution in communications. Chapter 2 provides readers unfamiliar with Bitcoin a great overview of its technological and philosophical foundation and of how it operates."
━Jeff Berwick, The Dollar Vigilante, 06/16/2014
"The first time I heard about this book I thought "What a silly idea, why would anyone pay for content already freely available on the Internet?" Now that I have my own copy, I'm very happy about it. It is indeed an excellent reference for myself and my research. There are certain texts I much prefer to read on paper than on the screen. In addition, the author has taken the trouble to classify all texts chronologically and thematically.
(Translated from German)
━Friedemann Brenneis, The Coinspondent, 09/30/2014
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Top Customer Reviews
I had a few minor quibbles with the intro but anyone reading this book wouldn't use it as an intro to bitcoin. It gives a fascintating and surprisingly readable background to the genesis of bitcoin, spread over 70 or so short chapters. For me the fact that things are discussed in a to and fro correspondence between Satoshi and others really helped to form a picture of the development of the system and gave enough time for things to sink in as I read.
Buying this book was a highly price-sensitive decision for me, knowing that this is mostly free content, but I think the author priced the paperback at exactly the right level (~15 bucks in Dec '14), hence it's well worth five stars. Quality of print and layout is very good for a self-published book (I assume that's what it is anyway).
What else would I have wanted? Larger glossary and more links to insightful papers about particular aspects raised in the book - there were some but I think the author might have gone a little further. Minor points though - great book that spans technology/culture/contemporary history.
In short, this is a phenomenal little book and if you can - get the audio version too... The reading is spectacular and has a wonderfully pleasant female reader's voice. Very, very good purchase and I highly recommend getting both the book and the audio version.
I read the greater part of the book on Kindle, then bought it on Audible, and listened to the rest in the car while travelling between cities. The Audible version is a bit repetitive, as the concept of summarising quoted (in-bedded) forum entries is beyond the intellect of the Audible producer. But that aside, the content of the work is superb.
Get it now. Highly recommended.
This should not be the first book your read on this subject as it assumes some prior knowledge on bitcoin and blockchain (for the technically oriented "Mastering Bitcoin" is a better option), but if it is you should start by reading Satoshi's paper which is included as an appendix within this book.
I also recommend reading more generally about cryptocurrencies before reading this title. Knowing something about other currencies like DogeCoin, Feathercoin, and Lightcoin is helpful. So is knowing more about not-so-wonderful things like the bankruptcy of Mt. Gox and the disappearance of some $4M worth of Bitcoin (estimated - exact amount still a mystery).
This is to my mind a very interesting and valuable inside peek into what happens in the early phases of any revolutionary idea that needs to be embodied in/as technology. Satoshi as a mix of evangelist with some dangerous naivete about human nature, with some formidable coding skills to boot. The open source project and the questions, doubts, and ideas that the lead developers brought up while building the early code releases. The unending demand for new features, more use cases, and more customizability as the dark forces of code size and code complexity arise... all the most relevant emails selected and arranged in chronological order. Fascinating.