“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”

Henry David Thoreau

About ISKCON Press

While preparing our website and humble offering to His Divine Grace, this page will give a glimpse of what is going on at the Press.

Phase 1: Setup

There are lots of decent hosting companies around nowadays. We’ve spent time with several, but in the end it comes down to speed and simplicity, at least for us. The same can be said for software. It’s better when it’s simple.

Server

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Nginx, serving our visitors on the digital ocean of devotional bliss.

Software

  • Open source DokuWiki, through and through. No database, simply plain text files.
  • At least two dozen active plugins, a few customised. May open source if interest.
  • Changed to a Bootstrap template recently. Lots of customization options. Jaya!

Phase 2: Content

For the books, we used the “Original VedaBase” as our source. For lectures, conversations and letters, we’re extracting from the newer versions of the official VedaBase. Although we spent a lot of time cleaning up these files, we know that they still carry many mistakes. We are trying to correct them as far as possible, both with software tools and proofreading.

Books

Original (pre-1978) editions only. Not because we’re against the new, revised editions; we’re just in love with the original ones!

  • Imported all original books.
    • Side-by-side verification with other digital sources.
    • Proofread against original printed or scanned books.
  • Devanagari and Bengali script
    • Added Devanagari for bg, iso, noi.
    • Working on adding Devanagari for sb.
    • We’re in need of Bengali/ITRANS file of cc.
  • Synonyms (word-for-word translations)

Spoken

  • Imported lectures and conversations from VedaBase. Big cleanup!
  • Imported audio files when moving to our production server.
  • Need to import newer transcripts (currently 1969–71).
  • Audio transcripts fidelity check and corrections.

Letters

  • Imported letters.
  • Add scanned letters.

Media

Index

We believe a proper index is crucial for studying Srila Prabhupada’s books. A lawyer once told us that an index is the only way to look up anything from the law books, and the only thing missing from the VedaBase. We took her words to heart.

  • Digitise all the indexes from Srila Prabhupāda’s books.
  • Semi-automatically link to corresponding pages/verses.
  • Manually link to paragraphs with optional search phrase.

Wiki

  • We’re gradually building our wiki articles internally. Finally!
  • Will open for the public once we reach a certain amount.

Glossary


Phase 3: Functionality

  • Advanced search engine
  • Accessibility improvements
  • Many planned enhancements

Phase 4: TBA

  • Multilingual?