Alcoholics Anonymous - AA World Services, Inc.

Alcoholics Anonymous

By AA World Services, Inc.

  • Release Date: 2013-12-01
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 4
From 105 Ratings


Originally published in 1939, when A.A. membership numbered about one hundred, Alcoholics Anonymous has steadily grown in readership. By the time the second edition appeared in 1955, membership had reached over 15,000, and the Big Book, A.A. members’ fond title for their basic text, had reached a distribution of more than 300,000. At the time of the third edition, in March 1976, the worldwide membership of A.A. was estimated at 1 million or more. The basic text, pages 1-164, which had been the foundation of recovery for so many alcoholics remained, and still remains, unchanged. The General Service Conference-approved fourth edition of Alcoholics Anonymous was first printed in October 2001 and has been reprinted 30 times since then. This edition includes 24 new stories that provide contemporary sharing for newcomers seeking recovery from alcoholism in A.A. during the early decades of the 21st century. Sixteen stories are retained from the third edition, including the “Pioneers of A.A.” section, which helps the reader remain linked to A.A.’s historic roots and shows how alcoholics get sober today. More than 30 million copies of the first four editions of the Big Book have been distributed. This is the only A.A.W.S.-authorized e-book version of Alcoholics Anonymous.


  • Page Numbers Different

    By LovesDisney01
    Since they are not using Roman numerals, the page numbers do not line up. Makes it very difficult to reference this online version.
  • Page numbers don't match hard copy

    By GuitarInstructor
    Thank you for making the literature of Alcoholics Anonymous in electronic format! I'd give this a five star rating if the page numbers matched those of the hard copy. It's difficult to follow along in a book study where others are using paper copies of the book. Plus, there is a long practice of being able to cite a particular page number out of the book, but this eBook is formatted differently. Perhaps because of screen size issues. However, it would still be possible to keep the original page numbers in this version even if they were only displayed as where they fall next to the text. It is important.
  • CleaveryDisguised

    By CleverlyDisguised
    Daily reading as suggested provides solution to my self centeredness by accepting life on life's terms.
  • Great to have as book, if only it had lasted

    By Mrshurley2011
    I purchased this and the 12&12 ebony a couple of years ago. At that time, I believe I ordered them both from the AAWS online store. Then I had to go to iTunes and download "AA Reader" app. It was awesome until a few months ago. I was chairing a meeting and wen to open the big book app, and it said it wasn't downloaded, as did the 12&12 too. So I clicked download, and nothing happened. It flashed a download bar very quickly, but never downloaded. I am beyond irritated at this point. I have emailed tech support on this issue. I am hoping they figure something out fairly quickly. Has anyone else had this problem with the same older purchase method?
  • Correct page numbers

    By LbkClint
    Great book but the page numbers need to match up with the physical copy of the Big Book. It's hard to follow along and turn to the right page when they don't match.
  • This book has saved my life.

    By -JoeLuis-
    For all you people complaining about not having page numbers, get over it and be grateful. We have an official book in which we can download and its a blessing none the less.
  • axiom 10

    By Axiom 10
    This is an Excellent Book but, you MUST FIX the page number issue!!! Those of you in AAWS must recognize this to pass the Message to those that need it ! Please do it Soon!!
  • Great Book needs Page Numbers

    By LAS2002
    The Book gets 5 Stars on Content but 2 Stars as the fact that it has NO Page numbers that correspond to the Hard Copy - makes it very unusable for me. Thanks in advance for fixing this and then I plan to buy it. I hope this can be fixed in the near future.
  • Grateful Alcoholic

    By Yourmakingthisup
    I was going to get this e-book, until I found out about the page number issue . . . please fix it.
  • Page Numbers

    By copperhead214
    I'm grateful World Services relented and published ebook versions of AA texts. Their e-reader app was an unfortunate episode. Like others, I'd like to see page numbers. Since it's an ebook, it doesn't make sense to confine the reading experience to specific pages, but the numbers could be inserted into the text like other ebook versions have done. For now, users can create a note system to keep track. That's a lot of notes, but think of it as a good way to familiarize yourself with the text.