The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) is the world’s largest book publisher of books based on Lord Shri Krishna. BBT published books that delve deep into the philosophy, religion, and culture of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition of India. Established by our founder Acharya A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1972, BBT has remained the primary publisher for his books and those authored by others. BBT is known for publishing the renowned Back to Godhead magazine, which is available in numerous languages, including English, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Italian, Hungarian, and more. BBT is anentirely nonprofit organization, independent of ISKCON, and provides books to both ISKCON and the general book trade.
BBT offers a wide range of publications, from concise introductory volumes and study guides to comprehensive translations of significant Sanskrit and Bengali works accompanied by commentaries. Their catalogue includes original scriptural texts, translated into over 80 languages, as well as books that explore and explain these traditional scriptures. In addition to printed materials, BBT publishes audiobooks, audio CDs, video content, and multimedia presentations.
Since its inception in 1972, the BBT is responsible for publishing essential texts like the Bhagavad Gita, Srimad-Bhagavatam, Isopanishad, Narada Bhakti Sutra, and the Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita from the original texts found in the Gaudiya devotional tradition. BBT’s recent multi-volume publication is an English translation of Sanatana Goswami’s BrihadBhagavatamrita with complete commentary.
With time and its evolution, BBT has extended itself to publish in all major European languages, Indian languages, and former Soviet Union languages. In their recent effort, BBT has successfully published books in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Singhalese, Hebrew, and Persian languages.
Beyond publishing, BBT has helped in the finance, construction, and restoration of many of Lord Krishna’s temples, and helped develop many significant pilgrimage sites important in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition in Vrindavan and Mayapur. All these efforts provide devotees with sacred places to practice their faith and connect with the divine.