These electronic editions are primarily intended for personal studies and research. All titles are complete editions, except that indices (and glossaries) of the printed originals are not in these electronic versions. This was not an easy decision. However, electronic files are fully searchable. In the case of the provided Plain-Text-Versions the possibilities of searching and listing are virtually unlimited, especially in an advanced text editor. As for glossaries, we may provide one comprehensive single file that will cover all titles. However, this will be much later. It practical terms it means to compile a dictionary, or encyclopedia.
What we will provide very soon, though, is a pronunciation guide for the Latin transliteration of Indic scripts.
The books are provided in one or more of the following formats: ePUB, PDF, and Plain Text. The ePUB-Format of each book will always be published first. (For more information on the various formats, please scroll down). Here then are the download links:
Easy Journey to Other Planets
The Nectar of Instruction
The Nectar of Devotion – 1970 Edition
KṚṢṆA Book Volume One – 1970 Edition
KṚṢṆA Book Volume Two – 1970 Edition
Teachings of Lord Caitanya – 1975 Edition
About File Formats
Please note, that the provided ePUB books are not a product of some dubious automatic conversion from another format – which tends to bloat the files with superfluous and often erroneous code, and “gremlins”.)
Every single chapter is hand-coded to produce lean and clean ePUBs.
ePUB books can be read on almost any modern electronic device: Dedicated e-book reading devices, iPads and Android tablet PCs via Apps, plus laptop and desktop computers.
(except Kindle devices and apps)
ePUBs are all about reflowable content and not about fixed layout. Very much like the web content that you see in your Browser on the internet. In fact, ePUB “pages” are structured and formatted by the very same languages that make up web pages – HTML and CSS.
Our books have fonts embedded to assure that you see correct diacritical characters for Indic scripts. If you choose to override this on your favourite reading device, make sure therefore that you choose an appropriate font.
The default text alignment in our titles is flush left. This is because fully justified text can be an ugly experience if the App or device does not support hyphenation. Again, your device might be capable of overriding this – displaying justified text with hyphenation just fine. Apple’s iBook App for instance can do that.
Note for users of older dedicated ePUB reading devices:
The clickable Table of Contents might not show diacritic characters, because the older devices use their built-in non-Unicode compliant font for displaying the Table of Contents.
A minor annoyance that we cannot do anything about. It only affects the Table of Contents.
The body text of the book will be fine.
The PDF Format
Please note that some of these titles are available as PDF elsewhere around the internet. Unfortunately, these either come as unwieldy huge files of scanned pages, or are formatted in a way that is not very comfortable for actual reading – we don’t want to go into details here and I certainly don’t want to minimise the endeavour that went into these publications.
The Plain Text Format
If you know the joy and advantages of plain text files you need no introduction.
Only, you will be glad to know that the file is ready-to-use, with correct punctuation marks and diacritics throughout.
For non-linear reading such as research, plain text files could be the best choice.
Some Advantages of plain text at a glance:
- Extremely compact files
(Almost the entire literature of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda fit into the same disk space as single high resolution colour picture at letter-size.)
- Plain text files can be opened, edited, and saved on ANY computer and operating system—both present and future. (About the only type of files from the dawn of the computer age that we can open today are plain text files.)
- There is no vendor-lock. Text is a universal format. Basic Plain Text Editors come with your computer.
- Working with plain text files is blazing fast.
- If you have an advanced Text Editor (open-source or commercial), you can do magic in regard to searching, replacing etc. Plus, some editors allow you to bundle files into ‘Projects.’ So you have convenient access to a whole collection of files in one working session.
- Plain text files are the best raw material for further processing such as importing them into a layout application, word processor, or for adding HTML code. Or for clipping and pasting on the internet.
If you could call it that, there is no formatting such as Italics etc. Only line breaks to indicate chapters etc., if you want to add a little structure to the document.