Blockchain technology is a digital form of structuring data that enables the sharing of a digital ledger across computer networks without the need for a central authority, such as a central bank in the banking industry. Blockchain is the underlying technological foundation of alternative digital currencies such as Bitcoin, and dozens of leading financial firms, including The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), are investing heavily in developing the digital currency trading technology. For people who want to learn more about blockchain technology and its applications, here are three of the best books on the subject.

The father and son team of Don and Alex Tapscott have written “Blockchain Revolution” to explain how the fully open, global platform of blockchain technology will expand and transform what we can do online, the way we do it, and who can participate. According to the Tapscotts, blockchain technology will immensely improve the delivery of expanding financial services, the safeguarding of personal identity information, business and personal contracts, and the overall expansion and development of the Internet of Things (IoT), a network of devices that can gather and share information.

The book also discusses the various ways that blockchain technology is changing the future of money, transactions, and business. Don Tapscott, also the author of “Wikinomics,” and his son, Alex, an expert on the blockchain, carefully explain the technology as…