The Beginner's Guide to Bitcoin

Everything you need to get started with the world's first decentralized, anonymous, electronic currency.

The Beginner's Guide to Bitcoin uses everyday language to explain what Bitcoin is, how to get bitcoins, and how to use them.

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The Advanced Beginner's Guide to Bitcoin covers everything in the Beginner's Guide, plus an additional in-depth look at the technology powering Bitcoin.

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The Beginner's Guide to Bitcoin is the fastest way to get started with Bitcoin.

Available in Two Versions

The Beginner's Guide to Bitcoin provides a gentle introduction to the world of Bitcoin. You'll learn just what bitcoins are, how you can purchase them, and how to use them. The Basic Guide covers everything you need to know to get started, without getting lost in technical details.

The Advanced Beginner's Guide to Bitcoin covers everything the Basic Guide does, and also explores the technology that powers Bitcoin. Plus, it comes with $5 worth of bitcoins, emailed right to you.

What the Beginner's Guide Covers

  • A simple explanation of what Bitcoin is, where it came from, and how it compares to other currencies.
  • What a Bitcoin wallet is, and how to get yours setup.
  • How to buy and sell bitcoins, and ways to make sure you don't get scammed.
  • How to make sure your bitcoins are secure.

What the Advaned Guide Covers

Everything in the Beginner's Guide, and:

  • What Bitcoin mining is, and how to get started.
  • How Bitcoin transactions are secured using Public Key cryptography, and how they're added to the Block Chain.
  • How the supply of Bitcoins is stabilized using "Proof of Work".
  • $5 worth of bitcoins!

Sample Pages

  • Page 3. Table of Contents.
  • Page 10. The history of Bitcoin.
  • Page 13. Comparing Bitcoin software.
  • Page 18. How to buy bitcoins.
  • Page 29. Keeping your bitcoins safe.
  • Page 37. The Advanced Guide - How Bitcoin Works.


Bitcoin is unlike any other currency on the planet, so there's a lot to learn. The Beginner's Guide to Bitcoin covers everything you need to know.


As with any paradigm shift, completely wrapping your head around Bitcoin can take some time. The Advanced Beginner's Guide to Bitcoin is a great way for people with or without a technology background to get up to speed quickly without having to stitch together information from multiple different sources. The walkthroughs of top bitcoin websites and historical contexts provided will allow you to sound like you've been following bitcoin since the beginning.

Evan Schulz, Owner, Bitcoinin.com

[The Beginner's Guide to Bitcoin] has so much detail about particular services it seems like anyone could get into bitcoin! It plays a balance very well between a step-by-step guide and a theoretical/historical/social understanding of the bitcoin ecosystem. It also describes highly technical concepts in a manner that laypeople could understand (something I think 99% of writing about bitcoin fails to do). Overall a very informative read: even though I've been deeply involved in bitcoin for years I learned some things!

Olaf Carlson-Wee, Coinbase.com


[The Beginner's Guide to Bitcoin] is a very clear introduction to the mysteries of Bitcoin that any reader will be able to understand.

Jim Burton, Creator of the MultiBit Bitcoin client