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|[Posted March 11, 2006]
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Changes to Srila Prabhupada's Books
Publishing is a
rarified area of endeavor. If you stop to think of it, all publishing
does is take spoken or written words and puts them into print. There is
a certain sanctity in that process that treats the words spoken or
written by the author as a sacred and perhaps inspired or channelled
stream of consciousness to be preserved in the durable form of a book.
(and what I have described here is a MATERIAL author writing a MATERIAL
book!) When the book is edited in collaboration with the author, when
the author makes whatever changes that he himself wants and the book
goes to publication, it is not longer subject to change. We all
encounter second printings that advertise, "With more material",
"Updated to include...", etc. These "changes" are not changes at all,
they are ADDITIONS to the original edition. Sometimes mistakes are
corrected. BUT WHO CORRECTS THEM? The AUTHOR of course! In the history
of publishing, there are no cases of books being posthumously changed
for any reason whatsoever without clear explanations as to why, and
with the original unchanged volume still in print.
An interesting exception to this rule is a new (ish) scholarly study completely revising James Joyce's epic work Finnegan's Wake. The book was already famous and taught in practically every universsity. THEN IT WAS DISCOVERED that the book had been written in English by Joyce, translated badly into French, where a french PRINTER re-translated into English once again. Since the book is a 500-page rambling stream of conciousness, no one realized that a lot of the words written by James Joyce were not his words at all! So the new editors sorted out the book from the original manuscript and created an ANNOTATED corrected volume CLEARLY MARKED as revised and not the author's formerly published work. No one will ever become confused as to which version is which.
So book publishing has very strict rules, and anyone who violates them can be charged with criminal or civil crimes, for fraud, theft of intellectual property, etc etc. If sued, he would have no defense against any of the book changes, particularly due to the fact that when he changed them, he left the original books with their original copyrights in the original BBT Trust, and have stolen the books and placed them in the BBTI, and claimed that these changed versions with new copyrights to reflect the changes are actually now property of the BBTI!