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Why the book “ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS” is called “THE BIG BOOK”? A printer in Cornwall, NY, named Edward Blackwell, had been highly recommended to Bill Wilson. Blackwell was the President of Cornwall Press. So Bill and Hank Parkhurst (The Unbeliever in the first edition) went to Cornwall to see Blackwell.  There they were told that the book would probably be only about four hundred pages when printed.  That seemed a bit skimpy. They wanted to sell the book for $3.50 per copy.  That was a very large sum in those days, probably the equivalent of about $50 today, and people might not think they were getting their money's worth. They picked the cheapest, thickest paper the printer had, and requested that each page be printed with unusually large margins surrounding the text. This made for an unusually large book. Thus, the book came to be nicknamed the "Big Book."

Despite all their efforts at proofreading, there was a typographical error in the first printing.
On page 234, the second and third line from the bottom was printed twice. This was corrected in subsequent editions.


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