As of now the only 100% original pre 1978 text versions of Srila Prabhupada’s books are the scans available on this website.
The digital text versions, such as what are found in the Vedabase, are not exactly perfect replicas of the books that were printed during Srila Prabhupada’s presence. There are no digitized versions of these books available anywhere as of now, except the original book SCANS available on this site krishnapath.org for free download.
We are working hard to preserve and distribute the original, authorized and blessed books of Srila Prabhupada and to eventually have digitized versions of all his original works. But as of now the volunteers have only completed the very first laborious task of manually scanning every page of all those texts and making them available on this site for you to download for free simply as raw book scans.
The “Original Book Vedabase” is the closest thing available in digital text format and is an early step of the preservation process although not identical to the actual books that were printed during Srila Prabhupada’s manifest presence. The next step that we are currently at is to manually go through all the Vedabase book files and word by word, comma by comma compare them to the scans and revert them back to the original way. As Srila Prabhupada has said “The next printing should be again to the original way.” We currently have the original book scans available for free download on this page.
For many years the Krishna Path team has been looking for someone able to do this work. By the mercy of Krishna and Srila Prabhupada we have recently found someone to do this huge task. He can produce about one 500 page book’s text exactly how it was in the pre-1978 original edition (including all original art, text, chapter links etc) 100% completed and available to the world in only one or two months! Upon completion those texts will be immediately available for free download to the world on the KrishnaPath.org website. We will offer them in all digital formats such as PDF, ePub, Kindle etc!
The devotee doing this huge laborious task of producing/digitizing 500 pages of 100% original books is simply asking $200 per 500 pages. As mentioned, upon completion, the files will be available on this website for free download to the world in all major formats!