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Bitcoin for the Befuddled
New book demystifies the world’s first cryptocurrency

Bitcoin for the Befuddled

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San Francisco, CA (October 23, 2014) — Bitcoin is a game-changing digital currency used by millions worldwide. But even though nearly everyone has heard of it, few actually understand what it is or how it works. Bitcoin is not just another way to buy stuff — it's a groundbreaking technology that functions without a central authority or government.

Bitcoin for the Befuddled (No Starch Press, Nov 2014, 256 pp., $29.95) covers everything readers need to know about Bitcoin: what it is, how it works, and how to acquire, store, and spend bitcoins safely and securely.

Bitcoin beats credit cards, Paypal, and other digital payment systems in many surprising ways: it's frictionless, anonymous, and truly cryptographically secure. But the cryptocurrency isn't exactly easy to understand—or without its risks.

“Despite its volatility, Bitcoin represents an opportunity for merchants as well as ordinary people,” says Bill Pollock, founder of No Starch Press. “For those who really want to dig in and understand how Bitcoin functions under the hood, you couldn’t ask for a better introduction than this book.”

Readers learn how new bitcoins are minted, how the cryptography behind Bitcoin works, super-secure methods for storing bitcoins offline, practical ways to spend bitcoins, and advice for using this revolutionary new technology. With plenty of humor (including a comic book interlude) and a patient, step-by-step approach, Bitcoin for the Befuddled will turn readers into Bitcoins moguls in no time flat.

Bitcoin for the Befuddled will be available in bookstores everywhere in November.


About the Authors

Conrad Barski is a software developer, cartoonist, and the author of Land of Lisp. He's been using bitcoins since 2011.

Chris Wilmer is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh. His first Bitcoin purchase was a bag of honey caramels from a farm in Utah. They were delicious.

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Bitcoin for the Befuddled Bitcoin for the Befuddled
Publisher: No Starch Press
By Conrad Barski and Chris Wilmer
Print ISBN: 9781593275730, $29.95
November 2014, 256 pp.
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