Chinese National TV Recommends Andreas Antonopoulos’ Book on Bitcoin

The first edition of Andreas Antonopoulos’ “Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies” was recently recommended to a cross-section of the Chinese TV audience. The book, which has been touted as the best technical book on bitcoin, was presented on one of China’s official TV channels, CCTV-2 – the China Central Television channel that focuses on broadcasting programmes related to the Chinese economy and life services. The book’s title in the Chinese version was however changed to “Blockchain: The Path Towards Digitized Assets.”

.@aantonop 's "Mastering Bitcoin" was recommended on China's official TV channel today to national wide audience. However, the book title in the Chinese version was changed to "Blockchain: The Path Towards Digitized Assets". No #Bitcoin mentioned at all!https://t.co/NjtizGipeT pic.twitter.com/a16i2dI5tb

— cnLedger (@cnLedger) October 25, 2018

Aside the title that was altered, Antonopoulos notes that there doesn’t seem to be a change in the entire content of the book. With this exposure, he states that he is hoping to visit China next year for possible opportunities and conference invitations. Antonopoulos is a formidable author and one of the world’s foremost bitcoin and open blockchain experts. He has been known to have educated a vast number of people worldwide about Bitcoin including to members of parliament in some countries.

How cool is this: "Mastering Bitcoin 1Ed", on Chinese national TV. Even with a slightly sanitized title (no mention of Bitcoin), the content is the same.

Hoping to visiting China next year. Maybe this brings more opportunities and conference invitations. https://t.co/SHOBoaiF9a

— Andreas M. Antonopoulos (@aantonop) October 25, 2018

Mastering Bitcoin has been translated into several languages to provide readers with the requisite knowledge to participate in the internet of money. Its success may have inspired other Bitcoin-related books like the yet-to-be-released hands-on guide from one of the leading teachers on bitcoin and bitcoin programming, Jimmy Song. Song is known for his programming/coding skills and contributions to topical debates and speeches that matter to the top cryptocurrency.

His book, “Programming Bitcoin: Learn how to program Bitcoin from scratch” seeks to serve as a training tool for readers to learn the basics, including the math, blocks, network, and transactions behind Bitcoin and its blockchain payment system. It will also touch on how simplified payment verification and how proof-of-work works.

China’s exposure to Bitcoin has been under some pressure since last year after the Chinese government banned the activities of crypto exchanges and the conduct of initial coin offerings (ICOs) in the country. The focus has been seemingly shifted to underlying Blockchain technology. However, the recent ruling by a Chinese court that Bitcoin should be considered a legal property gave a major boost to crypto investors’ confidence and lessened fears of a Chinese government’s hammer.

The recommendation of a Bitcoin-themed book (as well as Blockchain) on a national TV shows signs of an improving situation for Bitcoin as well as other cryptocurrencies in China.

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