During 2007, the KFA joined with the Krishnamurti Foundation Trust in England to initiate a combined publishing and distribution plan under the new organizational title of “K Publications.” Together the two Foundations send negotiating teams to the world’s major book fairs, are distributing their combined inventory of past publications through their respective online book stores, and are planning and implementing new collaborative publishing projects. In addition to self-publishing, K Publications contracts with outside publishers such as Harper Collins and Shambhala Publications to produce books and distribute select editions of books. K Publications actively seeks new contracts with foreign publishers, so that Krishnamurti’s work is available in English and various translations around the world. For example, both China, Russia and Africa are growing markets for K Publications.
Online Book Store
There are over 300 titles available through the KFA’s online bookstore. Titles include books, CDs and DVDs produced by the KFA and the other Krishnamurti foundations in the U.K. and India, as well as foreign language editions. You can browse the bookstore here. To place an order over the phone, call (805)646-2726.
What was Krishnamurti’s first published work?
Krishnamurti’s first published book was Education and the Significance of Life, published in 1953. His second book, The First and Last Freedom, was published in 1954, and includes a long forward by Aldous Huxley. Earlier writings from the mid-1940s, which Krishnamurti undertook at the behest of his friend Huxley, were compiled to create the Commentaries on Living series but were not published until 1956.
Promoting Krishnamurti's Work Around the World ::
K Publications participates in the world's major book fairs. In April KPA will attend the Los Angeles Festival of Books, in May it will be at the BEA in DC and in October it will exhibit at the Frankfurt Book Fair. In November, KPA will attend the Miami Book Fair and will end the year at the Festival of Books, the Feria de Libros, in Guadalajara, Mexico; the world's largest Latin market book fair.
A Central, Authentic Source of Krishnamurti's Works, Online and Free
K Publications also manages content at jkrishnamurti.org, a website devoted to sharing the teachings worldwide through the internet. The purpose of jkrishnamurti.com is to be the central, authentic source of Krishnamurti's teachings online, making a wide variety of audio, video and text of Krishnamurti's works freely available.
Growing the Library of Work Available on the Internet for Free
The K Foundations have made it an urgent priority to make everything that has been digitized freely available through jkrishnamurti.org. One of the envisioned roles of the website is to provide materials that can be used off-line and shared with others, by providing downloadable files. The site’s library will be searchable by key word, topic or chronology.
Currently, there are many unofficial websites that provide scanned materials from Krishnamurti books. However, there is a tendency to edit Krishnamurti’s work. The KFA has found examples of text being cut, placed in a different order than originally spoken or written, and even being rewritten entirely. Through jkrishnamurti.org, there will be a gold standard of authenticated material – a far greater library than any other “pirate” website can provide, downloadable, free, and searchable.
The preparation of streaming content such as audio mp3s and quicktime video, as well as digitized text, will be greatly facilitated by the new Complete Teachings Digitization project, will result in an estimated 100 terabyte digital repository of audio, video, images and text when completed. Digitization remains a top priority. The work to prepare our archived materials for internet access and download is painstaking and labor intensive.
Support for K Publications
K Publications’ role in fulfilling the mission to disseminate Krishnamurti’s work around the world is critical. It maintains the flow of new editions and new publications, and updates audio and video cassette materials to CDs and DVDs. It manages an online bookstore, and works closely with the K Foundations’ internet technology staff to provide free materials on the internet.
Over 50% of the holdings in the Archives have never been published. Funds are needed to produce new books, CDs and DVDs, and to complete the digitization of the entire corpus of Krishnamurti’s work for free online access. Additionally, the important work of translating is dependent on funding so that DVDs can be subtitled in many languages, and foreign editions can proliferate around the world. If you are interested in supporting the work of K Publications, click here.
Education and the Significance of Life, 1953
The First and Last Freedom, 1954
Commentaries on Living, Series I, 1956
Commentaries on Living, Series II, 1958
Commentaries on Living, Series III, 1960
Life Ahead, 1963
Think on These Things, 1964
Conversations (booklet), 1970
The Only Revolution, 1970
Talks with American Students, 1970
The Impossible Question1972
You Are the World, 1972
The Awakening of Intelligence, 1973
Beyond violence, 1973
Beginnings of Learnings, 1975
Krishnamurti's Notebook, 1976
Exploration Into Insight, 1979
The Flight of the Eagle, 1979
Letters to the Schools, Vol. 1 & 2, 1981
Krishnamurti's Journal, 1982
The Network of Thought, 1982
The Flame of Attention, 1983
The Ending of Time, 1985
Letters to the Schools, Vol. 2, 1985
The Future of Humanity, 1986
Krishnamurti to Himself: His Last Journal, 1987
The Future is Now: Last Talks in India, 1989
The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Vol. 1-17, 1991-92
A Flame of Learning: Krishnamurti with Teachers, 1993
The Book of Life, 1995
Total Freedom, The Essential Krishnamurti, 1996
The Limits of Thought, 1999
To Be Human, 2000
Can Humanity Change?, 2003
Facing a World in Crisis, 2005