There’s certainly no shortage of information about the metaverse online, but how much of it is actually legit? We see it often: self-proclaimed “experts” who don’t know the difference between Ether and Ethereum or MMORPGs and the metaverse.
So the challenge isn’t in finding information about the metaverse, but finding the right information. Fortunately, this list of the ten best books about the metaverse has been carefully verified by actual experts and dozens of Amazon reviews.
1. The Metaverse: And How it Will Revolutionize EverythingAuthor: Matthew Ball
“The Metaverse: And How it Will Revolutionize Everything” hasn’t actually be released yet. So why include it in this list? Because of its author.
Matthew Ball has been an authority on all things related to the metaverse since long before Facebook’s name change to Meta. His insights have gained national attention form the mainstream press on several occasions. And when Facebook announced its plans for the metaverse, Matthew Ball was one of the first people that Mark Zuckerberg personally interviewed on the topic.
The book itself has already earned raving reviews from critics who were given early copies. One of them came from John Riccitiello, CEO of Unity Technologies, one of the leading platforms for creating virtual worlds.
Needless to say, Matthew Ball is among the leading authorities on what the metaverse is and how it’s likely to impact our world. The readers of his book will be too. And we have to admit, some of those ways are pretty surprising. The book is scheduled for release in July and is currently available for pre-order.
2. The Augmented Workforce: How Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, and 5G Will Impact Every Dollar You Make Kindle Edition
Authors: Cathy Hackl and John Buzzell
Publisher: Renown Publishing
Cathy Hackl and John Buzzell have also set themselves apart as leading experts in all things metaverse. They have spoken at global conferences and advised world leaders. So, it’s safe to say that their insights are worthwhile.
Their join effort in writing “The Augmented Workforce” combines their expansive knowledge of the metaverse, Web 3.0, and business. It offers insights on how these technologies will impact employees and employers alike. It also offers a roadmap on how both can take advantage of Web 3.0 as early adopters.
3. Metaverse Investing for Beginners + CryptocurrencyAuthors: Max Bancroft and Russel Newton
Publisher: Independently Published
Everyone wants to know how to invest in the metaverse, and cryptocurrencies are at the heart of it. That’s why Max Bancroft’s “Metaverse Investing for Beginners + Cryptocurrency” is an essential guide for investors.
It breaks down the various aspects of metaverse investing, including staking, ICOs, stocks, startups, and NFTs. It begins by offering an easy explanation of each, then explains how they all tie together.
Readers will then find strategies for choosing the best investments and directing the right cryptos for each type. It may sound overwhelming, but Bancroft’s book breaks it all down in simple terms.
4. Blockchain for DummiesAuthor: Tiana Laurence
Publisher: For Dummies
Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies are the driving forces behind metaverse economies. In fact, many experts (including yours truly) believe that the metaverse should be considered part of Web 3.0.
So, it makes sense to have a solid understanding of blockchains and cryptocurrencies. Blockchain for Dummies explains both in the simple, straightforward approach that the Dummies books are known for. It also discusses the valuable utility of blockchains well beyond cryptocurrencies.
5. Unblocked: How Blockchains Will Change Your BusinessAuthor: Alison McCauley
Publisher: Collins and Cross Publishing
If you own a business, this book is a must. Alison McCauley specializes in business applications for Web 3.0. In her book “Unblocked: How Blockchains Will Change Your Business”, she reveals the most effective strategies for implementing Web 3.0 technologies.
But it doesn’t stop there. Blockchain databases have the potential to disrupt well-established industries, create new ones, and redefine how businesses operate. She discusses these topics at length and offers insights on how companies in any industry can prepare.
6. The NFT Handbook: How to Create, Sell and Buy Non-Fungible TokensAuthors: Matt Fortnow and QuHarrison Terry
NFTs already play an important role in the metaverse. As it grows and matures, they will undoubtedly become more pervasive, important, and valuable.
Needless to say, it’s a lucrative area to get into as an early adopter. Matt Fortnow and QuHarrison Terry explain how to do just that in “The NFT Handbook: How to Create, Sell and Buy Non-Fungible Tokens.”
They break down (in easy terms) what NFTs are and how they’re distinguished from traditional digital assets. Then, they guide readers on how they can create and publish their own NFTs. They even offer strategies for creating collections and preparing NFTs for auctions. As an added bonus, they also guide users in setting up their first cryptowallet.
7. Blockchain Wars: The Future of Big Tech Monopolies and the Blockchain InternetAuthor: Even McFarland
If you’re ready to delve deeper than a surface level knowledge of Web 3.0 and explore its sociological implications, “Blockchain Wars: The Future of Big Tech Monopolies and the Blockchain Internet” is a must-read. It discusses how these new technologies are solving decades-old challenges, creating new ones, and shaking up the tech industry.
But it doesn’t stop there. Readers will also learn how blockchain technologies will impact our daily lives and what big tech is currently trying to do about that. By the end, readers will realize that what we’ve seen so far is nothing compared to what’s coming – and how they can take advantage of it.
8. Mastering Ethereum: Building Smart Contracts and DAppsAuthors: Andreas M. Antonopoulous, Gavin Wood (PhD), and Jonathan Goehring
Publisher: Author’s Republic
Dapps (decentralized applications) serve as the foundation for so many metaverse functions, from staking cryptocurrencies to buying virtual land. If you want to help develop the metaverse, there’s no way around it: you’re going to need Ethereum development skills.
Fortunately, this book makes it easy. Yes, it’s a little more expensive, but for good reason. “Mastering Ethereum: Building Smart Contracts and DApps“ is actually a textbook written by two industry experts, one of whom is a PhD. It guides readers on what the Ethereum platform and isn’t (i.e. Ether is the cryptocurrency, not Ethereum). It then discusses what this blockchain is capable of.
After that, it teaches readers how they can develop and deploy their own dapps on the Ethereum blockchain. It also reveals how readers can create and mint their own tokens.
9. The Infinite RetinaAuthors: Irena Cronin and Robert Scoble
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Why do V/R experiences feel so real? How do augmented reality apps recognize your room’s dimensions so well? Whether you’re a developer or just a curious enthusiast, “The Infinite Retina” will answer these questions and more.
It reveals the clever ways that popular V/R devices provide an enhanced, often unexpected level of immersion. It then covers how spatial immersion is enhancing other technologies with the potential to impact most industries in new and exciting ways.
10. Navigating the MetaverseAuthors: Cathy Hackl, Dirk Lueth, Tommaso Di Bartolo, and John Arkontaky
This book features the insights of the world’s leading experts in the metaverse and Web 3.0 technologies, including Cathy Hackl (mentioned earlier).
It serves as a guide for entrepreneurs, businesses, corporations, and enthusiasts. Each chapter is filled with strategies that can be easily integrated into any marketing plan. It also discusses what to expect when setting up shop in the metaverse and how it offers surprising new revenue streams.