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Updated BBT style guide (December 2014)

Here is the most recent version of the BBT Style Guide (formerly the BBT Style Sheet).

You can have it either of two ways:

The style guide offers the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust’s latest standards on such matters as spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and word choice.

This is a routine update.

You can always find the latest version of the style guide on the permanent page of BBT editorial resources.

Book project: Help wanted

help wantedI’ve written a book, which is set to be launched in mid April. It’s a commentary on Ecclesiastes, “the strangest book in the Bible,” from the point of view of a follower of the Bhagavad-gita. The book will be published by the BBT.

And I could use some help. In fact, I could use a lot of help. Help with marketing and promotion, help with social media, and — right now — help with setting up two websites: one for the book, another for the author.

These will be WordPress sites, built on Genesis themes. For the engineering side I have a capable devotee who has volunteered his time and expertise and has the matter pretty well under control.

But I need help with the graphic design — coming up with a good, professional-quality design, and then working to implement it.

Ideally, we’d like to get this work wrapped up before the end of the month.

If you have expertise in such matters and would like to volunteer to help, please get in touch with me. (You can use click “Contact” on the main menu.)

Thank you. Hare Krishna.

PS: If you have other ways you might like to help, please feel free to contact me about that too.

From the 2014 BBT Africa conference

Every year, BBT Africa holds a conference to bring together our book-publishing team with the devotees who read and distribute the books. This year, in June, we held our conference in Accra, Ghana. Here’s a photo of the attendees and of some members of our team.


Live broadcast today: 2nd annual Bhaktivedanta Swami Lecture


bsl-title-2014_webToday the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust Africa will broadcast the second annual Bhaktivedanta Swami Lecture, to be given at WITS University, Johannesburg, by His Holiness Devamrita Swami.

The event will go live at 6:25 pm in Johannesburg. That’s 5:25 in Belgium, 4:25 in London, 12:25 in New York.

Other worldwide timings here:
Link to live stream: BSL_poster_2014

You can also see the video made in advance to promote the event.

The Bhaktivedanta Swami lecture highlights the teachings of Srila Prabhupada and their relevance for Africa and the world today.

The lecture is now on YouTube.

“BBT Only” Day: March 14

BBTonly_letter_March_14_1974A letter from the BBT chairman:

In cooperation with the ISKCON GBC, the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust is marking March 14 as the first annual “BBT Only” Day.

This is a day to remember the following important instructions from Srila Prabhupada:

  • He formed the BBT to serve as his exclusive publisher.
  • He wanted all his books purchased exclusively from the BBT.

His Divine Grace gave those instructions in a letter addressed to all ISKCON temples. The letter was dated March 14, 1974.

March 14 this year will be the fortieth anniversary of that letter.

Every devotee and congregational member of ISKCON should become familiar with that letter and have its importance clear in mind. Continue reading…