Elsevier’s Bitcoin Book Wins Outstanding Business Reference Source Award

Book discusses growing phenomenon of digital currencies, payment methods and protocols that computers use to communicate with each other


Cambridge, MA, July 19, 2016

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced that its book, Handbook of Digital Currency: Bitcoin, Innovation, Financial Instruments, and Big Data, edited by David Lee Kuo Cheun, has received one of only two “Outstanding” designations as a Business Reference Source by the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association.

Handbook of Digital Currency discusses all major strategies and tactics associated with digital currencies, their uses and regulations. It gives readers a way to learn about subjects outside their specialties and provides authoritative background and tools for those whose primary source of information is journal articles. The book’s comprehensive view of the field includes history, technicality, IT, finance, economics, legal, tax and regulatory environments. For those who come from diverse backgrounds, Handbook of Digital Currency is an essential starting point.

The award-winning bookis already garnering positive reviews.  According to ETH Zürich, “The Handbook of Digital Currency is a very timely reference source on the emerging phenomenon of digital currencies, especially in these times of astonishing growth in popularity and public attention to digital currencies and cryptocurrencies. This book provides an authoritative and reliable reference in this quickly emerging field, setting up a context for future academic and research works on the topic."

Editor David Lee Kuo Chuen is Professor of Quantitative Finance (Practice); Director, Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics; and Academic Director, Global Master of Finance Dual Degree at Singapore Management University. A Chartered Statistician from the Royal Statistical Association, he received his Ph.D. from The London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London. In 1999, Dr. Lee founded Ferrell Asset Management Pte Ltd. Prior to creating Ferrell, he was the managing director of Fraser Asset Management, the fund management unit of the Fraser-AMMB group of companies. He also served as Director of Institutional Sales at Fraser Securities and covered the Asia Pacific equities markets. In addition to editing, Handbook of Digital Currency, Dr. Lee edited Handbook of Asian Finance: Financial Markets and Sovereign Wealth Funds, and Handbook of Asian Finance: REITs, Trading, and Fund Performance.

Each year, the Business Reference Sources Committee of BRASS selects the best business reference sources published since May of the previous year. This year, the committee reviewed 20 entries; of these, two were designated as “Outstanding,” seven were selected as “Notable” and one was designated as a “Significant New Edition.” Works selected by the committee must be suitable for medium to large-size academic and public libraries, and stand out based on their content, quality and utility. Entries are evaluated on criteria such as the authority and reputation of the publisher, author or editor; accuracy; appropriate bibliography; organization; comprehensiveness; value of the content; and currency. Additional criteria for electronic reference titles are accuracy of links, search features, stability of content and graphic design.

In order to meet content needs in finance, Elsevier uses proprietary tools to identify the gaps in coverage of the topics. Editorial teams strategically fill those gaps with content written by key influencers in the field, giving students, faculty and researchers the content they need to answer challenging questions and improve outcomes. These new books, which will educate the next generation of finance experts and provide critical foundational content for information professionals, are key examples of how Elsevier is enabling science to drive innovation.

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Notes for editors
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