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    Distributor: Jaguar Book Group Availability: Available Expected Ship Date: Sep 28, 2021 On Sale Date: Oct 19, 2021 Carton Quantity: 44 $22.95 CAD
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Once a Bitcoin Miner
Scandal and Turmoil in the Cryptocurrency Wild West
By (author): Ethan Lou

Imprint:

ECW Press - Toronto

ISBN:

9781770415393

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General/trade
Oct 19, 2021
$22.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8.5in x 5.5 x 0.62 in | 0.68 lb

Page Count:

272 pages
ECW Press
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Bitcoin & Cryptocurrencies
Biography: business and industry|E-commerce: business aspects|Media, entertainment, information and communication industries
Alberta
  • Short Description
Part autobiography and part investigation, the book describes the wackiness, the fraudulence, and the cycle of Bitcoin boom and bust and boom. We begin with scandal and conflict in Canada’s cryptocurrency Wild West and spiral outward.

“Lou himself is a rare commodity in that he understands cryptocurrency and knows how to write about it … This book stands out as a rare example of a readable snapshot of a world we all need to get more informed about.” — The Times

Ethan Lou goes on an epic quest through the proverbial cryptocurrency Wild West, through riches, absurdity, wonder, and woe. From investing in Bitcoin in university to his time writing for Reuters, and then mining the digital asset ? Lou meets a co-founder of Ethereum and Gerald Cotten of QuadrigaCX (before he was reported dead), and hangs out in North Korea with Virgil Griffith, the man later arrested for allegedly teaching blockchain to the totalitarian state.

Coming of age in the 2008 financial crisis, Lou’s generation has a natural affinity with this rebel internet money, this so-called millennial gold, created in the wake of that economic storm. At once an immersive narrative of adventure and fortune, Once a Bitcoin Miner is also a work of journalistic rigor. Lou examines this domain through the lens of the human condition, delving deep into the lives of the fast-talkers, the exiles, the ambitious, and the daring, forging their paths in a new world harsh and unpredictable.

Sales and Market Bullets



  • Once a Bitcoin Miner is a narrative for a general readership. It immerses outsiders in the cryptocurrency world but is light on technical discussion, and any tech explanations are woven into the storyline.

  • Lou has written for the Guardian, the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, the South China Morning Post, The Walrus, and the Washington Post. He has served as a visiting journalist at the University of British Columbia.

  • Offers an intimate look around some of the major events of this space: the founding of Ethereum, whose coin Ether is the second-biggest cryptocurrency; the death of Gerald Cotten and the collapse of his QuadrigaCX platform; and the arrest of Virgil Griffith in the United States following his North Korea trip. Griffith’s trial starts September 2021.

  • Once a Bitcoin Miner is an investigative piece about bitcoin, but it’s also a narrative. Ethan, through his own story of bitcoin to bust, looks to illustrate big picture regulatory and policy dysfunction in the cryptocurrency world.

  • Bitcoin is back in the news cycle on a daily basis, especially with Tesla purchasing 1.5 billion dollars’ worth of the cryptocurrency in February 2021.

  • Virgil Griffith was arrested by the FBI following his North Korea trip in April 2019, and his trial is set to begin in September 2021 and surely will be covered extensively in the news media.

  • Ethan Lou was born in Harbin, China and speaks Mandarin. He grew up in Wuppertal, Germany.



Audience



  • People investing in cryptocurrency or the crypto-curious

  • Readers of immersive personal accounts into worlds everyday people do not see such as The Dogs Are Eating Them Now (Knopf Canada, 2013), The Hillbilly Elegy (Harper, 2016)

  • People interested in the Dark Web

  • Fans of investigative journalism

Promotional Plans



  • Outreach to major North American dailies

  • Pre-publication op-ed campaign

  • Outreach to business, finance, and political publications

  • Pitch for interviews on programs with a focus on current events, business, finance, and international politics

  • Targeted social media and Google advertising

  • ARC giveaways through ECW Insiders, LibraryThing, NetGalley, Edelweiss, etc.

Ethan Lou’s Field Notes from a Pandemic was named among the CBC’s best nonfiction of 2020. Lou has written in publications such as the Guardian and the Washington Post. He is a former Reuters reporter and has served as a visiting journalist at the University of British Columbia. Lou first bought Bitcoin in 2013. He lives in Toronto.

“Lou himself is a rare commodity in that he understands cryptocurrency and knows how to write about it … This book stands out as a rare example of a readable snapshot of a world we all need to get more informed about.” — The Times

“Lou’s book will immediately capture readers’ attention with its deep dive into legal and illegal uses of cryptocurrency.” — Library Journal

“Readers interested in an in-the-trenches view of the bitcoin world will appreciate Lou’s willingness to tell all.” — Publishers Weekly

“Ethan’s Once a Bitcoin Miner offers a first-person account on one of the most fascinating periods in tech and finance, the Bitcoin boom. It’s a highly entertaining read for anyone who is looking to learn more about crypto without going into too much of the jargon or technical terms. Overall, it’s a fun story to read about the people behind the movement that’s revolutionizing money.” — Camila Russo, author of The Infinite Machine

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