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  • 12th BBT Africa Conference Offers Inspiration, Strategies for Book Distribution

    Speakers from Kenya, Ghana, South Africa and Mauritius participated in the three-hour conference, which is a platform for an exchange of ideas and strategies on all matters of book distribution, publication, and innovation.

  • Unsung Heroes: Jagadisananda Das Serves Prabhupada’s Books for 45 Years

    What has kept the International Society for Krishna consciousness going for 54 years now? Much has been down to the steady efforts of quietly dedicated devotees, doing their services day in and day out for decades.

  • BBT to Release Giriraj Swami's New Book, "I’ll Build You a Temple: The Juhu Story"

    The new book has been published by the BBT and is set to be released on January 14th, 2021, the anniversary of the grand opening of the Juhu temple.

  • Dialogue on Editing Srila Prabhupada’s Books Held in Washington, D.C.

    Members of the BBT along with a group of concerned devotees, including those with expertise on the subject of editing, convened at ISKCON of Washington, D.C. from September 20th to 22nd, for an extended discussion on the contentious issue of post-samadhi editing of Srila Prabhupada’s books.

  • Bhadra Campaign Inundates the World With Srimad-Bhagavatam Sets

    This year, from July until Bhadra Purnima on September 24th-25th, a wave of ecstatic energy to bless homes with the Srimad-Bhagavatam engulfed the entire world.

  • Mukunda Datta Das Translates Classic Works of the Acaryas for the BBT

    The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust is filled with extraordinary devotees continuing Srila Prabhupada’s legacy and bringing us the works of the acaryas. Translator Mukunda Datta Das is now working on the Sat-Sandarbhas and Bhakti-Rasamrita Sindhu.

  • BBT Brazil's Crowdfunding Success for Large Scale Bhagavad-gita Print

    “Without a doubt, the most exciting element of the campaign was to see the cooperation of the devotees, leaving their differences aside and uniting in a common purpose. It was possible to see how Prabhupada's books are powerful and go beyond anything we can imagine. They are not just books, but tools for individual and collective illumination," says” BBT Brazil director Nanda Kumar Das.

  • BBT Represented at the American Academy of Religion Conference

    The American Academy of Religion (AAR) is the world’s largest association of scholars in the field of religious studies and related topics. It is a nonprofit association, serving as a professional and learned society for scholars involved in the academic study of religion. It has some 10,000 members worldwide, with the largest concentration being in the United States and Canada.

  • Prabhupada’s Books Sold Through Russian Bookstore Chain

    Moscow Vaisnavas have prepared a gift for all the Russian readers. Now A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada's books are available in one of the leading bookstore chains in the country. All BBT books can be bought in 204 stores of the chain in 80 Russian cities.

  • New Issue of “Imprint” Reports BBT Africa Successes

    The latest effort from the African branch of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust – which has been publishing ISKCON Founder Srila Prabhupada’s books in various African languages since 2009 – is the e-magazine “Imprint.” The magazine, which released one issue last year but is becoming a regular quarterly with this November’s issue, is intended to communicate all the latest developments of the BBT Africa.

  • Another New E-book from the BBT: Sri Isopanisad in Albanian

    The 108 Upanisads are considered the essence of all the Vedas, and Sri Isopanisad is foremost among them. The readers can discover the distilled essence of all knowledge in these eighteen enlightening verses.

  • BBT Media Releases "Beyond Birth and Death" E-book

    Another well-known title, Beyond Birth and Death, by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is now in e-book form and available at In this small yet profound book, Srila Prabhupada tells readers how the soul travels from one body to another and presents startling evidence of its incredible journey after death.

  • Searching For Vedic India Available as E-book

    An updated edition of  Searching For Vedic India by Devamrita Swami is now available as an e-book in all flavors at The sages of India’s lost past delighted in knowledge of the nonmaterial. But they testified that they also knew how to produce material benefits without industry. Dare we consider that the subcontinent of India, thousands of years ago, was the center of the greatest spiritual wisdom and mystical technology that Earth has seen?

  • Another New E-book From the North European BBT

    The North European branch of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) announced that Srimad Bhagavad-gita, The Complete Sanskrit Text in Roman Transliteration – popularly known as the BBT’s “chanting Gita,” is now available in all flavors at

  • New Audiobook and E-book Releases on

    BBT media has just released new audio books and e-books, including The Nectar of Instruction” by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and Sri Brhad-bhagavatamrita, Part One, by Srila Sanatana Goswami.

  • BBT Media Releases New Audio Books

    BBT Media is happy to announce that two audio books are now available from Sri Isopanisad, by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada; and  Sri Sri Brihad Bhagavatamrta, Part 1, by Srila Sanatana Goswami.

  • BBT Goes Global in Latin America

    During the second week of April (7-13th), Cochabamba, Bolivia, South America received a visit from five representatives of the Spanish anguage branch of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. ISKCON News had the opportunity to interview the five participants and get to know about the plans and surprises that await Latin America and Spain in 2014.

  • New E-books Available from the North European BBT

    The Northern European branh of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) announced the release of several new e-books in English and German.

  • BBT Reaches Half a Billion Books Distributed Since 1965

    The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, which publishes the spiritual literature of ISKCON founder Srila Prabhupada, has reached a new watermark of success. Thanks to the efforts of book distributors around the world, it has sold over half a billion books -- 503,385,383 to be exact -- since Srila Prabhupada began ISKCON in 1965. 

  • Book Distribution Leaders’ Conference in Tirupati

    BBT India organized a two-day seminar fon Jan 31st and Feb 1st 2014 on the topic of ‘Merits of Organized Book Distribution’ at ISKCON Tirupati, India. This was a pioneering attempt to get book distributors in India more organized. Around 80 devotees participated at the seminar.

  • Bhagavad-gita As It Is and Bhagavata Purana Released in Chinese

    On Januray 7th, 2014, the China Social Sciences Press proudly announced the historic release of two ancient cultural classics of India: Bhagavata Purana and Bhagavad-gita As IsThe two released works are authored by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, and translated into Chinese by Jahnava Devi of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust.

  • Merits of Organized Book Distribution

    The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) India  invites ISKCON devotees to participate in a 2-day seminar on the “Merits of Organized Book Distribution.” It is scheduled to take place on Jan 31,2014 and Feb 1, 2014 at ISKCON Tirupati. It is being conducted under the expert guidance of Vaisesika Dasa Adhikari.

  • Book Distributor Connects with Fortunate People

    Shaktyavesha Avatara Das, a London-based book distributor originally from Moscow, has devised a new way of following up with people he gives ISKCON Founder Srila Prabhupada’s books to on the street. His project, “Fortunate People,” uses modern technology and social networking through Facebook, one of the most popular websites in the world with over 1 billion users.

  • Latin Americans Snap Up Over 1 Million of Prabhupada’s Books
    After taking a dip in the past couple of decades, distribution of Srila Prabhupada’s books has come swinging back in many parts of the world. The often untold story, is the rousing success of Latin America—a book distributor’s dream because of its extremely pious population.
  • Prabhupada’s Books Presented at Moscow National Book Fair
    Thirty devotees from Moscow’s Sri Sri Doyal Nitay Saci-suta temple presented Prabhupada’s books at a special BBT booth, in the Moscow National Book Fair, from March 13th to 17th this spring.
  • North American ISKCON Leaders Applaud Book Sales Success in Annual Meeting
    ISKCON's North American Governing Body Commission and Temple President Annual Meetings began at the Houston Hare Krishna Temple with two inspiring topics: A Key Note address on “Srila Prabhupada’s Position” by Ravindra Svarupa Das, ISKCON scholar and GBC member, and a Book Distribution Report by Vaisesika dasa, North American Book Distribution Minister.
  • Georgian Oncologist Translates BBT Books on Morning Commute

    Nandapriya Das, an oncologist at one of Scandinavia’s largest hospitals, spends his spare time translating Srila Prabhupada’s books into the language of his native Georgia.

  • Vaishnava Oasis At The Moscow Book Fair
    45 countries, more than 200.000 publishing houses represented, 1.000 accredited journalists from hundreds of Russian and foreign media, more than 200 famous authors and publicists and 200.000 visitors from Moscow and other cities and countries attended the 25th Moscow Book Fair.
  • BBT E-books Hit the Streets in Silicon Valley
    As the 21st century is progressing, there is a rise in the use of electronic medium for knowledge sharing. While going on book distribution during Monthly Sankirtan Festivals at ISKCON of Silicon Valley, USA, sometimes people mention that they prefer to have an electronic version of the book rather than the paper version.
  • A Gaura-Purnima Gift from the BBT
    On the appearance day of Sri Caitanya on the 8th of March, 2012, to help all of Srila Prabhupada's followers, the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) has uploaded Lord Caitanya`s main biography, the entire English language Caitanya Caritamrita at their website as a free e-book.
  • The BBT Launches Bhakti Writers’ Community
    As an English major studying literature, Krishna Priya Dasi noticed that many great literary movements throughout history had had their beginnings in writing communities.
  • Book Distribution Up 23% in North America
    At the recent 2012 North American Governing Body and Temple President meetings in Dallas, Texas on January 13th, Book Distribution Minister Vaisesika Dasa had some exciting news for the more than sixty leaders from across the US and Canada in attendance.
  • The BBT Moves Into the World of E-Books
    While printed books still account for the lion’s share of the market, the publishing business is changing in today’s digital world. The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, ISKCON’s publishing wing established by its founder Srila Prabhupada in 1972, is also looking to keep up with the changing times.
  • BBT E-books
    The BBT realizes that eReaders are the future, and they have been working diligently to make Srila Prabhupada’s books available for all eReader platforms.
  • Release of the Annotated Scans for Chapter Seven of Bhagavad-gita As It Is

    The BBT is pleased to announce the release of the annotated scans for chapter seven of Bhagavad-gita As It Is. This is a historic chapter because here is where Srila Prabhupada switched from typing manuscripts himself to using a dictaphone.

  • The BBT Considering Printing a Third Edition of Teachings of Lord Caitanya
    The BBT is considering printing a third edition of Teachings of Lord Caitanya (TLC) and we'd like to hear the ISKCON devotees` thoughts.
  • Annual Moscow Book Fair
    Between September 7th and 12th, the Moscow ISKCON devotees took part in the annual Moscow International Book Fair, with about 1,500 publishing houses present.
  • Sanskrit Scholar Gopiparanadhana Dasa Passes Away

    It’s no surprise that Gopiparanadhana should have such an auspicious passing, for his devotion and service in the Hare Krishna movement was truly exemplary.

  • Africa Ranks High on BBT Agenda
    Africa is the second-largest continent in the world. It has fifty-three countries, 2,000 languages, and a population of over 900 million. Yet with the South African BBT publishing books mainly in English, the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust has only touched the tip of Africa’s potential. Until now.
  • Lost Sentence Appears In Newly Discovered Page Of Gita Transcription
    A sentence handwritten by Srila Prabhupada for a purport of Bhagavad-gita As It Is but never included in any edition of the book has come to light at the Bhaktivedanta Archives.
  • Now Online: "Gita Changes" For Chapter Six

    Whether you're for "the changes," against them, or neutral, here's another opportunity to see what the changes actually are.

  • Fifth Annual BBT Art Seminar Now Open For Registration
    The BBT will be holding its fifth annual art seminar in Vrindavana, India, from October 28th (the day after Govardhana Puja) to November 17th, 2011. The seminar will led by veteran ISKCON artists Dhriti Dasi and Ramdas Abhirama Das.
  • Original 1972 Edition of Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, Available Soon From BBT
    Back by popular demand, Jayadvaita Swami and the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International trustees have recently decided to reprint Srila Prabhupada’s original 1972 Macmillan edition of Bhagavad-Gita As It Is.
  • Communications Officer for the BBT
    The BBT is seeking a Communications Officer. We're looking for an articulate, dynamic devotee--someone with fresh ideas, who can work on a team, and who has a love for Srila Prabhupada's BBT and his books.
  • Old Sanskrit Scriptures Speak In Russian since 40 Years
    The Moscow National Book Fair "Books of Russia 2011" took place on March 16-21 at the Russian Exhibition Center. For the third time in the last two years, Vaisnavas of Moscow Yatra participated in the event.
  • BBT Sales Rebound in 2010
    Despite a dire economic situation in the U.S., the North American branch of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust—ISKCON’s publishing arm—saw sales soar last year, its best since 2004. Selling over $1 million worth of books on Krishna consciousness, the company, established by ISKCON founder Srila Prabhupada in 1972, saw a thirty-two per cent increase in sales since 2008.
  • Book Distribution - A Complete Form of Worship
    Book distribution is sankirtana. `Kirtana` means `glorification` and `sam` means `complete`. Glorification of Krishna is complete when many devotees participate. Who worships Lord Caitanya by sankirtana? Those who are highly intelligent. Of course, sometimes someone might not be so intelligent–he might just be fortunate.
  • Books for the Future
    Like everything else in the material world, books have only transitory value. Even the so-called great classics will one day be reduced to footnotes and ultimately disappear from view.
  • Srila Prabhupada at the Moscow Book Fair
    The Moscow International Book Fair is by considered to be one of the major events in the cultural and business life of Russia. Since 1979, the BBT has been giving the Russian people the chance to aquiant themselves with the glorious knowledge of the Vedas.
  • BBT Artists Teach How to Paint Krishna Prabhupada’s Way
    Twenty devotees from all over the world will immerse themselves in art techniques guided by Srila Prabhupada’s instructions, at the fourth annual BBT Art Seminar in Vrindavana, India from November 5th to 25th.
  • Homage to Srila Prabhupada
    Vyasa-puja is an annual celebration by devotees of Lord Krishna to offer homage to their guru, or spiritual teacher. Each year, the BBT publishes a Vyasa-puja book—a collection of homages to Srila Prabhupada from devotees and temples all over the world.
  • BBT Inspired Art Seminar in New Vrindavan, USA
    Between September 13th and 22nd in New Vrindavan, there will be a ten day art seminar taught by veteran ISKCON-BBT artists, Dhriti Dasi and Ram Dasa Abhirama Das.
  • Fourth Annual BBT Art Seminar Now Open For Registration
    The BBT will be holding its fourth annual art seminar in Vrindavana, India, from November 5 25, 2010. Once again, the seminar will led by veteran ISKCON artists Dhriti Dasi and Ramdas Abhirama Dasa, teaching both new and repeat students practical techniques as well as the mood essential in producing devotional art.
  • First BBT Africa Conference Unites Leaders in Prabhupada’s Mission
    The newly established African branch of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust hosted the first BBT Africa Conference on April 10 in an effort to connect with ISKCON managers across the continent.
  • New BBT Project—Call For Authors
  • North American BBT Achieves Best Book Sales in Four Years
    Leading temples and favorite titles of the past become even bigger in 2010.
  • Gender-Specific Pronouns in Prabhupada's Books
    From time to time we hear, or hear about, complaints regarding Srila Prabhupada’s use of gender-specific words as if they were generic.
  • BBT Book ‘Changes’ and Being British

    The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust is now providing a permanent online record of all the editing of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is that happened prior to the revised edition of 1983.

  • New BBT Releases on Prabhupada, Darwin, and the Vedas

    This winter is a busy period for ISKCON’s publishing arm the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT), with three notable new books being released within a few months of each other.

  • Preserving Srila Prabhupada’s Legacy
    In the 1960s Srila Prabhupada, a pure devotee of Lord Krishna, travelled to the Western world to teach the bhakti spiritual tradition introduced by Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. But in this modern age, who was going to accurately remember and record Srila Prabhupada’s activities and teachings, the way devotees 500 years before had recorded Lord Chaitanya’s? What would become of them, and how would they be preserved and shared amongst the devotees to come?
  • The BBT Launches New Africa Branch

    It’s the second-largest continent in the world. It has fifty-three countries, 2,000 languages, and a population of over 900 million. Yet with the South African BBT publishing books mainly in English, the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust has only touched the tip of Africa’s potential.

  • BBT Trustees Change Book Distribution Point System

    The Trustees of ISKCON’s publishing arm, the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, have modified their “book point” system, unchanged since 1989, to eliminate the now negligible difference between hard and softcover books. The point system emerged in 1974 with the first issue of the “Sankirtan Newsletter,” a publication which keeps track of book distribution around the world and compares overall results. A lengthy list of editors modified its format many times until 1989, when current editor Mayapur Sasi Dasa came onboard.

  • Friends of the BBT: Interview with Pancharatna Dasa

    What role have the books of ISKCON’s founder Srila Prabhupada played in your life?

    They brought me to accept Srila Prabhupada as my guru. When I first came across his writing in 1970, I was convinced that he was a person who knew God. And throughout my life as a devotee, they have always been there to give me shelter and to take me further.

  • Hosts 1000s for Online Janmastami

    The Janmastami festival is the biggest event of the year for, the BBT’s website all about Krishna. Over 11,000 people from 118 countries visited’s special Janmastami edition between Friday, August 22nd and Monday, August 25th.

  • Following the Editorial Audit Trail

    In the late 1990s, a BBT conference handling questions from translators sparked a renewed interest in the history of Srila Prabhupada’s books. To give satisfactory answers, BBT staff found they often had to go back to early manuscripts, Prabhupada’s dictated tapes, or original Sanskrit or Bengali texts.

  • BBT Brazil Makes A Comeback
    The Brazilian BBT harks back as far as 1975, when Srila Prabhupada held the first Portuguese Bhagavad-gita in his hands. Director Ishvara Swami ran the organization impressively, translating all of Prabhupada’s books and turning out huge print runs of between 100,000 and 400,000, with an unprecedented one million copies of Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers flying off the presses.
  • BBT Statement on Annotating Srila Prabhupada's Books

    The ISKCON Governing Body Commission has recommended to the BBT trustees that we insert endnotes or appendices into Srila Prabhupada’s books to explain statements Srila Prabhupada makes in Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.25.41, 4.25.42, and 4.26.26 concerning a woman’s attitude towards the aggressive advances of a man and towards a man who is “expert at rape.” The GBC has also recommended that the endnotes or appendices explain “other such statements.”

  • Bhagavad-gita As It Is in Braille

    This month sees the BBT release a unique publication — Bhagavad-gita As It Is in Braille. A complete Spanish edition has been printed by devotees in Argentina, while Croatian devotee Dvaraka-gamana Dasi has produced a two volume edition in her native language. Initial copies number only one hundred for each volume, but a larger print run can be expected according to demand.

  • BBT Hyderabad Step Up to the Challenge

    As a young man in Lille, France, Anandamaya Dasa probably never expected to live most of his adult life in India. But in 1971, he took an epic journey that would change his life, driving thousands of miles from his home to the mystical Eastern country, where he planned to spend a year traveling.

  • Endnotes and Appendices Needed

    GBC Resolution 311*, which appears paraphrased at the end of this essay, strikes at the heart of the Hare Krishna movement, namely ISKCON with its chief ideologue, the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT).

    Some might think Resolution 311 is an unnecessary and unwanted interpretation of Srila Prabhupada's teachings, and a sneaky though well-intended way to relativize Srila Prabhupada's wisdom -- and, at worst, a power grabbing exercise on the part of the GBC.

  • GBC Resolution 311: Annotation Sets a Risky Precedent
    GBC Resolution 311 is a watershed in ISKCON history. The resolution — to annotate and "explain" Srila Prabhupada's books — is an attempt to redefine the constitutional structure of ISKCON. Whether intended or not, Resolution 311 changes the established relationships and power balance between individuals, managerial authorities (such as temple presidents and the GBC), the Founder Acarya Srila Prabhupada, and his teachings.
  • Veteran ISKCON Artists Teach 2nd Annual BBT Art Seminar
    The BBT will be holding their second annual art seminar in Vrindavana, India, from October 7 – 28, 2008. At last year's seminar, taught by veteran ISKCON artists Dhriti Dasi and Ram Dasa Abhirama Dasa, eighteen international students learned practical techniques as well as the mood essential in producing devotional art.
  • Govardhana Sanskrit School Starts New School Year
    Staff at Srimad-Bhagavat Vidyapitham, the BBT's Sanskrit school in Govardhana, India, are requesting the help of ISKCON leaders to recruit students for their next school year beginning in April 2008. "Every year our three-year Bhāgavata Śāstrī course begins afresh," says headmaster Gopiparanadhana Dasa. "We already have some students registered, and want to admit another eight to ten by October."
  • The Making of 'Srila Prabhupada' the Book
    After the visual tour-de-force of deity meditation that was Darsana, it made sense to the Mediterranean BBT that their next book should be about the person who gave us darsana: Srila Prabhupada. When the BBT trustees responded, “Why do we need another book of Prabhupada pictures?” photographer Nitya-tripta Dasi set out to show them by searching through every photo of Prabhupada available.
  • BBT Reports 28% Sales Increase for 2007

    Mayapura, West Bengal—Trustees of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT), the publishing arm of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, reported today at ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission Annual General Meeting in Mayapura, West Bengal, that its international sales for the year 2007 had increased by 28% over the previous year.

  • ISKCON Mayapur to Open Multilingual Reading Room
    ISKCON's flagship center in Mayapur, India will soon be home to the "A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Reading Room," a unique library that will house all of Srila Prabhupada's books in 80 languages.


  • Book Trust Intensive Seminar Focuses on Communication, Teamwork
    "BBT is a worldwide entity with offices in five countries," said Jayadvaita Swami, one of seven BBT International trustees. "We meet several times a year and are in constant touch on email, but we still felt the need for training to better respond to the needs of our constituents and help us be a more effective team."