Alcoholics Anonymous - AA World Services, Inc.

Alcoholics Anonymous

By AA World Services, Inc.

  • Release Date: 2013-12-01
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 4
From 151 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.


  • Horrible for reference

    I was so excited about using this eText as I have recently began reading digital material instead of print. Absolutely do not buy this eText. None of the page numbers actually match up with the print text and it is a nightmare.
  • Great resource BUT........

    By jwallace209
    The page number issue definitely needs to be resolved. It is very hard to follow along in a book study or look up a suggested page on the fly when the page numbers are not accurate to the hardback version. Please fix this issue.
  • This Book Saves Lives

    By Gacarkec
    I, myself, had only a short binge-drinking career, which transcended my teenage years through my very utterly early twenties; that was it, for me. Not only alcohol, but drugs plagued my mind with fear, schizophrenia, paranoia and crippling fear. I, still to this day, have spent massive amounts of time in solitude due to my reckless habits; friends have abandoned, family members have aggressively shunned. I nearly have no place in this world. It is by working on participating in both the Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous programs that I am regaining a grip on sanity, a hope for creating a greater, more worthwhile destiny for those who surround me and myself, and a greater over-all feeling of well-being. I cannot recommend more-so to anyone wishing to achieve sobriety and to establish participation to the best of their ability in the A.A. program that they purchase and read through this entire book, one time, at the very least. Thank you! -George
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  • Aggravating!

    By savourc
    One of the main reasons for getting the e-version is to enhance my study of this book, but since the page numbers do not align with the regular book it creates more aggravation! I would recommend the app since it is free & has correct page numbers.
  • Disappointing

    By sojags
    This would get 5 stars if it had the page numbers corresponding to the hard copy of the big book. I wish I would have read the reviews to see that this is an issue that has been brought up many times. If there are so many reviews stating this is a problem, why don’t you fix it???
  • Hi I’m mike and I’m a alcoholic

    By MikeBurton1970
    Opened my eyes
  • Didn't help

    By DWFan
    Still addicted to alcohol. Sad.
  • 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 Down1HalfStep
    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.