The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) is the world’s largest publisher of ancient and classic Vaishnava texts, epics, and contemporary works on the philosophy, theology, and culture of bhakti-yoga and personalist theology. It was founded in 1972 by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The BBT especially emphasizes the works of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition.

Its publications include original scriptural works, currently translated into 87 languages, with more languages being added regularly, and books that discuss and explain these traditional texts. BBT also publishes digital audio, video, and multimedia presentations.

Srila Prabhupada took book publication seriously, having been ordered by his own spiritual master to print books "if he ever got money." He intended the BBT to publish his writings with the highest editorial standards possible, as well as to ensure the future growth of the worldwide Krishna consciousness movement by providing funds—through the printing and sale of his books—for temple construction and renovation.

For the past forty-five years, the BBT has worked to maintain the high standards that Srila Prabhupada set for publication of his books and, in accordance with his wishes, helping to further the Krishna consciousness movement throughout the world.

BBT books range in complexity from brief, introductory volumes and study guides, summary studies, and short works translated from the Sanskrit, all the way up to exhaustive multivolume translations (with commentaries) of major Sanskrit and Bengali works.

The BBT publishes the Bhagavad-gita, Srimad-Bhagavatam, Isopanisad, Nectar of Devotion, Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, and numerous other books. Among its latest multivolume publications is an English translation, with commentary, of Srila Sanatana Goswami’s Sri Brihad-Bhagavatamrita.

Our publishing family includes Back to Godhead magazine, Bhaktivedanta Archives, and Krishna.com. For more about the history of the BBT, see Our Family Business.


Information for libraries and the book trade

The BBT offers standard discounts for libraries and the book trade. For further information, please get in touch with the BBT office nearest you.