Big Book Resources
In 1939 the First
Edition of the basic text of AA was published under the name Alcoholics Anonymous.
AA lore has it that the fellowship was named after the
first printing of the "Big Book" as AA members call the
book that is the heart and soul of the AA Program.
There have been three revisions of the Big Book. One in 1955, and the
second in 1976. The 4th edition of the Big Book is available as of
December 2002. The revised printings were designed to better reflect the
of the time.
We hope you enjoy the content on this page dedicated to the Book that
has carried the
message responsible for saving millions of lives.
4th Edition Big Book Quotes
"I have a conscious
daily contact with my Creator today, and He loves me.
Everything is sacred as a result of the Twelve Steps and
the love and recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous"
"I am active in AA
service work and have both a sponsor and several sponsees
with whom it is a privilege to work. All of those are
gifts from God"
"...I had what I know
to be my first spiritual awakening: that I was an
alcoholic and didn't have to drink!"
tides of life flow endlessly for better or worse, both
good and bad....Sobriety must have a life of it's
in the AA way of life is a blessing and a privilege beyond
estimate- a blessing to live free from the pain and
degradation of drinking and filled with the joy of useful,
Big Book Links
Big Book Facts and Trivia
The Original cost of a Big Book in 1939 was $3.50.
That is over $40.00 in todays dollars as adjusted for inflation.
The First Edition was published by Works Publishing, a
company started by Bill W. and Hank P. solely for the publication of the Big Book
Ann Smith suggested the name "Works
Publishing" from the line in the New Testament
"Faith Without Works is Dead."
The One Millionth Big Book was given to President
Richard M.Nixon in a White House ceremony in 1973.
It took 16 years to sell the first 300,000 printed
copied of the Big Book.( The whole run of the First Edition )
There are over 20,000,000 copies of the Big Book in
Over One Million copies of the Big Book are sold
Chapter 8, To Wives was written entirely by Bill W. (
much to the disapproval of Lois )
Loans for friends of John D. Rockefeller Jr. help fund
the early printing of the Big Book.
The first paperback edition of the Big Book was
published in 1986.
Bill W. and Dr. Bob each received 10% of all the Big
Book sales as royalties.
Early considered titles included One
Hundred Men, The Empty Glass, and The
The total distribution of the 1st Edition of the AA
Big Book was approximately 300,426 copies.
The distribution of the Second Edition Big Book was
approximately 1,090,416 copies.
The distribution of the Third Edition Big Book was
approximately 19,843,221 copies.
fourth edition of Alcoholics Anonymous costs $5.00 in hardcover, only
$1.50 more than it did 62 years ago; a soft-cover edition sells for $4.60.
Copies of the book and information about Alcoholics Anonymous may be
obtained at a local A.A. service office, listed under Alcoholics Anonymous
in the phone book, or through A.A. World Services, Inc., Box 459, Grand
Central Station, New York, NY 10163
No matter our circumstances today, let's
thank God for what we have.