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Mastering the Lightning Network (LN)

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Mastering the Lightning Network is an O'Reilly Media book, due for publication in Q4'2020, and announced on August 28th by authors Andreas M. Antonopoulos (@aantonop), Olaoluwa Osuntokun (@roasbeef), Rene Pickhardt (@renepickhardt).

The book describes the Lightning Network (LN), a Peer-to-Peer protocol running on top of Bitcoin and other blockchains, which provides near-instant, secure, micro-payments.

The book is suitable for technical readers with an understanding of the fundamentals of Bitcoin and other open blockchains.


The authors welcome contributions to this book! Read the Guide to Contributing

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Mastering the Lightning Network is released under the Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND license, which allows sharing the source code for personal use only. You may read this book for free. You may not create derivatives (such as PDF copies), or distribute the book commercially. The full terms of the license can be found here:

Creative Commons License

Mastering the Lightning Network by Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Olaoluwa Osuntokun, Rene Pickhardt is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

It is expected that the book will be released under a more permissive CC-BY-SA license within a year of publication.

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