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Free Read Along version is here!

I am excited to announce that you can now listen to the entire book for Free!. Yes, you read that right. The audio version of “Mahabharata for Kids” is now available for your listening pleasure. It comes in a set of 16 files (one each for the 16 Chapters in the book) and are in DRM free mp3 format. Download them to your computer or phone or tablet and let your child listen to it while he/she reads the book. You can also stream them anytime from the website. I have tried my best to pronounce the names in a slow manner so children can get it.

Hope the audio version is useful and enjoyable. Feedback is most welcome.

You can listen to the book or download the files here.

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One Year Later: 1500 copies sold. INR 50,000 collected for charity.

It has been exactly a year since I received the first rough copy of “Mahabharata for Kids” in my hand. It was formally launched a week later (July 4, 2013). Today, I am thrilled to announce that the book has crossed the 1500 copies sold mark. I did not anticipate hitting this goal until Deepavali this year. As you can imagine, I am totally blown away by the continued support for the book. In fact the digital sales are slowly but steadily trending up.

I regularly hear from parents and educators about how simple and easy it is to use the book as an introduction for Mahabharata for young kids. That was the first and foremost reason I wrote the book and it is heartwarming to see it meet its original goals. Most recently, this is what I heard from someone who picked up 10 copies for her family and local kids study group-

“Very nice book and the way in which the story is very carefully told is really appreciable . These copies are worth giving as prizes to our children in Residents Association for the reading competition to be held tomorrow as part of World Reading Day Celebrations. Sir I would like to translate these in Malayalam and publish. Though I know all these stories, I never knew how it could be simply told like this without revealing the cruelty, revenge etc.”

In the process of buying and gifting the 1500 copies, you awesome readers have contributed over Rs.50,000 towards various charitable causes which makes it doubly awesome. When I hear from my dad about the various kids and charities who are benefiting from the sales of the book and will continue to do so, it is incredible.

Last but not the very least, I have heard from a lot of you about my next project. I didnt want to commit to a next project until I sold 1500 copies of my first one. Now that the milestone has been successfully reached, I am happy to announce that there will be second book that I will be working on. I have a few ideas and a lot of helpful suggestions. I will pore over material and ideas and make a decision soon. Stay tuned to know more about it.

In the meantime, if you still have not picked up a copy of the book, what are you waiting for?

Buy the digital version here or email here for a print copy.

Thank you all for making this something beyond my wildest dreams. And as always, remember that with every book bought, you are making a difference in the lives of many!

I will leave you with an  infographic for the 1500.

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Retail

Retail stores, here we come.

I am happy to announce that we have taken the first step in putting Mahabharata for Kids in retail shelves. The first such store to carry the book is Trinethra in Cupertino, CA. Please spread the word. If the retail experiment works in Trinethra, we will consider expanding to other Bay Area Indian stores and eventually sell on Amazon.com.

If you know of other locations which might be interested in carrying the book, do let me know. We have relatively flexible terms given that all the money goes to charity and there are no costs to be recovered as such. The goal is to reach as wide an audience as possible and garner as much funds as possible for the charity.

PS: Completely unrelated piece of info. Starting with this post, I changed the font in the website which was pretty bad to Hedley New Web. Let me know if you see the difference (or not). Also as per requested by certain fans this post is where you’ll find the best knives, I know it’s completely unrelated, but humor me.

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Contributions and charity, General, Google Play Books, iOS, Kindle Store, Performance and stats

1000 copies sold and counting

Today I am incredibly excited to announce that “Mahabharata for Kids” has sold over a thousand copies in the first six months since launch. This includes units sold in print and digital on the Apple iBookstore, Amazon Kindle platform and on Google Play Books. When I set out to write the book, I did not imagine the kind of response it has generated. More than the numbers, I am humbled by the stories I hear from parents. Here are some snippets.

“I recently started watching the Telugu version of Mahabharatam on TV with my daughter. We keep your book next to us as our handy guide to the characters and a simplified version of the story”

“So I was driving my son back home from his music class and he starts talking about the characters in Mahabharata . First question is why are Kauravas named that . My guess was something to do with Kuru dynasty . Second question was about who married the father of 100 sons . And did the name Kaurava come from his name likes Pandava comes from Pandu . This all comes as a result of him reading the book at sleep time every day . I am thrilled and wanted you to know that your effort was so worth it.”

“Today when I was cooking he asked me, “Is this how they used to cook?.” I asked “Who?” He was talking about Bheema when he served as the cook during their year in disguise.”

“Got the books.. thanks.. looks very interesting and is definitely on S’s level to read. Will let you know how the book is after we read. Will pass on one to cousin’s kid as well).”

The book has collected over $500 (Rs.30,000+) for Sri Ranganatha Charities. Some of those funds have already been distributed for charities like this. As I noted earlier, every single cent/paisa you contribute towards the purchase of this book is sent directly to charity. No printing costs or operational costs are deducted.

If you are thinking of buying, look here for your options.

For your continued support, THANK YOU!

Some interesting stats…

****Of the total sales, 90% is print at this point. My reasoning is that it is due to the kind or rather lack of publicity. The print format moves through word of mouth, personal distribution and friends. Also, I have sold over 50 copies to anonymous people who emailed me asking for the book and paying via PayPal. The preference seems to be for print over digital even though illustrations in the digital format are in color.
****I have done little to no publicity for the book. So every copy that sells is by discovery via this website or through word of mouth. From that standpoint, I am thrilled by the 10+ copies sold digitally every month. I also sell anywhere from 5-15 copies of the print book to interested people who discovered the book through the website.
****As time has progressed, the digital book seems to be selling better. The Kindle and iBooks version had a soft launch in August. Since then, the Kindle version has sold increasingly well. The iBooks version does not seem to garner much of interest (or even link clicks for that matter).
****Of the digital formats, Kindle outperforms iBookstore and Google Play by a solid margin of 5:1 if not better. Google Play was the hardest to publish on, is the least intuitive in terms of editing and still ends up looking weird in terms of formatting. It is also hard to discover by happenstance which is ironic since it is on the Google platform.
****The book has been purchased in atleast 10 countries – India, UK, France, Germany, US, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Japan, and Italy. This is as far as I know.
****The below chart shows monthly sales on digital platforms if it interests you.




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Featured in Outlook India magazine

We are officially popular!. Mahabharata for Kids was featured in an article in a big Indian news weekly magazine, Outlook India. The article talks about the current fascination with Mahabharata and how different people are reinterpreting it. I was interviewed by the writer about my motivation in writing the book and what it means to me. Some of that conversation is featured in the article. Do check the article out in print (Nov 18,2013 edition) or the online version here.

Do spread the word about it.

By the way, the Navarathri sale was so popular, it is extended until the end of the year. So what are you waiting for?. Go get your copy now.

 

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Mahabharata for kids is now in the Kindle Store

I am happy to announce that Mahabharata for Kids is now available on the worldwide Kindle store. You can download the book for your Kindle ebook reader, Kindle Fire tablets, using the Kindle app on your iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and phones, Windows Phone devices and for your PC and Mac. You can download the book here.

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The response for the book has been beyond expectations. I am thrilled and humbled. I request you to spread the word about the book, now that it is truly available across the world and on multiple forms- print and digital. As always, ALL proceeds from the sale of each and every copy of the book goes to charity with no administrative or processing overheads. So you get the dual benefit of a book for your child and a good cause to support. For a list of charities that the book will support, see here.

If you prefer the print version, email me.

If you want to read the iBook version of it, you can download it from the iBookstore.

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A Call for your contributions to this website

When I set out to create a website and a blog for my book, I was intent on making it a collaborative experience. The book was borne out of a need to create something for my child. A lot of the motivation also came from conversations with other parents on the lack of clean and simple content to introduce Indian mythology to kids. Now, I want to hear from all of you on the challenges you have faced in this effort and how you have tried to solve them. If you are interested in sharing your experiences with the world, please do let me know. I will setup a way for you to contribute to this website- one of articles, frequent columns, videos, the works.

So please let me know if you are interested in participating in this effort. What you know may help us and the rest of the community may be able to share their experiences in the process.

And if you haven’t already pinged me for a copy of the book, send me an email or Facebook message or feel free to order the iBookstore version. The Kindle and Google Play versions are going through the submission process as I type.

 

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