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BBT E-books

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 / Published in News / 7,697 views

strong>By BBT Communications

Have you thought about moving further into the techological fray and buying yourself an eReader? Even though it might seem daunting to face yet more new technology, there are reasons why you should – the most compelling being that you can easily store all of Srila Prabhupada’s books (and so many others!) on one handheld device (storage capacities vary). Many eReaders can also read the books to you as well as play mp3 files. This device is the pinnacle of convenience and is relatively inexpensive. eReaders are

Portable – take it with you anywhere and everywhere. Show it to others (great if you are on book distribution, on an airplane, in a car, preaching away from home – the possibilities are endless).
Space-saving, lightweight, comfortable – much smaller and lighter than carrying a volume of Srimad- Bhagavatam, eReaders allow you to read anything anywhere anytime (even at work).
Multi-taskers – search for specific phrases, look up words in the built-in English dictionary, or use the translation dictionaries and get your definitions in your own language.
Mini-computers – many eReaders have built in Wi-Fi to give you internet access to download books and browse your favorite websites.
Economical – books are cheaper to download than to buy in hard copy. (It’s also possible to find free ebooks.)
Eco-friendly – 1 cord (2 tons) of wood yields only 1/2 to 1 ton of paper, so lots of trees are saved when you use an eReader – not to mention that you avoid the processes and chemicals used to create paper, which are also harmful to the environment.

Additionally, eReaders have become much more affordable this year than last, as there are many electronics manufacturers jumping on the bandwagon to produce them. They are undoubtedly the future of reading, especially for our children. Check out for a comparison of the most popular eReaders on the market today.

Now that you are sold on why you should buy an eReader, I will reiterate the main point: You can load the entire Srimad-Bhagavatam, Caitanya-caritamrta, the Bhagavad gita As It Is, Krsna book, Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Sri Isopanisad, Teachings of Lord Kapila, The Nectar of Instruction, and many other of Srila Prabhupada’s books onto your eReader. Imagine having all those books in one place at your convenience anytime and everywhere you go.

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. The minute you get your reader in hand, log onto to download any of the above titles for free. More titles are becoming available in different languages every day, so check back often.

By having the nectar to hear or read at your fingertips, this device will improve your life.

9 Responses to “BBT E-books”

  1. NityanandaChandra says :

    Hare Krishna
    Please accept my humble obeisances
    All glories to Srila Prabhupada
    All glories to your services

    I am really happy with all the wonderful services you are all doing for all of ISKCON. I prefer to read ebooks as I prefer keep my notes digital.

    I have a question, are there any plans to look into how individual digital book selling could be made possible? I have some ideas myself. I have the books on epub file in dropbox and I can email a person a link to download the particular book file. That is to say if while on book distribution I meet someone else who also prefers ebooks. In this way they still can donate and also get the book delivered to them.

    One other question, is there any way possible, say maybe with a Hindi font, to get the actual Devanagari in the books? I try to read it in Devanagari as much as possible to improve my reading speed and pronunciation. Thank you very very much. Hare Krishna

  2. ggdasa says :

    Hare Krishna!

    I’ve downloaded two versions of Bhagavad-gita and 1st Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam and tried ‘em with 3 different (free) readers on my Android phone, but all of them have problem displaying all the diacritics properly.

    Is it known problem and/or which ereader app would you recommend for Android platform?

    your servant,
    Gour-Gadadhara Dasa

  3. kaisori says :

    Thank you, Nityananda Chandra, Prabhu.

    Re distribution: We have considered what you suggest–that is, providing people links to download. This is a good system for one-to-one distribution, but can you share your experience of how it works on the street? That is, when you give someone a link and ask for a donation, does the person feel confident that you will actually deliver? Do you have suggestions how book distributors can build that confidence in people? Do you think distributing ebooks on CD would be better? The BBT is involved in a pilot street distribution project with the Gita e-book now.

    Re Devanagari: We also considered adding the Devanagari (we have the proper font) but decided to wait until the software for the eReaders was more developed and could handle it better. It’s likely we will look into it more once we have the basic books up.

  4. achyuta108 says :

    hare Krishna
    Dandvat panams.

    Checked Srimad Bhagwan Gita for iPad from bbt. Got disappointed no Sanskrit verses. I prefer to read direct Sanskrit not coded sanskrit. Ebook form not exact replica of paper books. Would like to see improvement and inclusion of Sanskrit font verses.

    Your servant,
    Radha damodar das

  5. NityanandaChandra says :

    Thank you for all your fine work. I can see the difference between the books that I had previously and the new ones that the BBT has actually produced. For example nice color page with George Harrison’s signature. However for KRSNA book I feel that there one really essential aspect that is missing. When you go through the index of KRSNA book chapters there is no chapter title. I feel that this is really important to have there. When someone is looking for something to read most likely, especially for KRSNA book, that person is likely going to want to look at the chapter titles with the chapter numbers not just the number alone. It there any possibility of getting that in?
    Thank you

  6. kaisori says :

    Radha-Damodara Prabhu–we are working first on getting all the books converted. After that, we will go back and add the Devanagari. If you have an account at, you will receive notification when the Devanagari versions are available.

  7. NityanandaChandra says :

    Dear Kaisori,
    What I could do personally is send them a link by email for an individual book. This I could do with the Dropbox app that is on the iPad and iPhone. This way it would just be one book instead of a cd of many.

    There are some good chances that those who have ereaders or smart phones with ereader programs also have cellular internet on their phones. In this way you could request them to check their email on the spot to see if they received the book.

    It hasn’t happened to me yet but say in 5 or 10 years I would expect to start hearing this response very often, “well do you have ebook version?”

    If a devotee does not have a smart phone with internet access then devotee can request them to take the book with them and take their email and explain to them that they will send them later that day a complimentary ebook by email. This could be done easily with out a smart phone but rather just a desktop computer. I think that this is the best scenario, to convince the person to also take the physical book and follow it up with a complimentary copy. Since ebooks are so small one can simply also just email them directly.

    Another option is to set up a website similar to bbtmedia but wherein a devotee could send a link of the book directly to the purchaser for download. The only difference is that this site should not have all the books listed for free or downloaded for free otherwise that purchaser may feel cheated.

    Thank you all for you wonderful services,
    Hare Krishna
    Your humble servant,
    Nityananda Chandra Das

  8. Mahaprabhu Caitanya Das says :


    I am trying to read the files on my Samsung Android phone – the fonts seem to have a problem.

    I would like to make one suggestion – if the files can be put up on with a discount code – so ISKCON devotees can get it free – then the kindle version will be nicely displayed – and it can be synced with kindle, computer and other devices


  9. sarvesvara.bvks says :

    Dear All,

    Devotees looking for eReader software for their Android devices – I would recommend mantano reader. This can display the fonts properly. I am using it, and it works perfectly in my Samsung Android phone SGS2. It includes regular features of the eBookReader. It is worth a try.

    PS: I am no way related to the software developer.

    Hari Guru Vaushnava Dasanudasa,
    Sarvesvara Dasa

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