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Simple Big Book - Version: 1.1.0 (OLD!)




Simple Big Book is an application which presents you with the first edition of the A.A. Big Book originally printed in 1939. The code for this app was originally from Simple Bible. It was re-worked into Simple Big Book by Rick B and John K, but has become largely abandoned at this point. I am dusting it off, fixing issues, and adding features.

Key Features

  • Complete main text of the A.A. Big Book (1st Edition), including some appendices.
  • Remembers the exact location in the book you were when you close it for easy resuming.
  • Exhibition mode that cycles though sentences from the entire text (speed configurable in main app).
  • For webOS1.*, Exhibition is accessible in the app menu ("Quote Generator") so you can still experience it.
  • Full screen mode. Double-tap the screen to active/deactivate. There's a preference for the app starting full screen, too.
  • Search function that acts on the entire book in a configurable any/all/phrase fashion.
  • Text laid out in the fashion of the 4th edition (as best as possible).
  • Several external support and help links.


This app is not dead yet! I am in the process of giving this app a complete over-haul. I am currently proof-reading the entire text. Most other features are done.

Remaining Known Issues

While I've fixed a lot of the usage hindering issues, a couple still remain that I will fix once the basic framework of the app is solid, which is not far away.

  • On orientation change, the page scrolls wildly. This is due to the text size not changing and in turn, the page dimensions change. I have my head wrapped around the math to fix this, but, am trying to figure out the best way to fix it.
  • The larger chapters take a short pause to load. There's an AJAX load function that will load a single DIV, then load the rest of the surrounding text. This is easy to do, but it'll throw off the search function and things like that requiring a good bit of re-write. I need it to WORK first...


The original code as written by the Simple Bible folks was/is licensed under the GPL. Simple Big Book is listed as GLPv3. I need to check with the Simple Bible people and see if that's accurate.


The first edition of Alcoholics Anonymous is in the public domain. This version contains the foreword, the Doctor's Opinion, the front sections, and Dr. Bob's story from the first edition. The page numbers in this version correspond to those in the third and fourth editions. The stories in the back of the third and fourth editions of Alcoholics Anonymous are copyright by the AA World Services Inc and by The AA Grapevine, Inc. AA has not given permission for the distribution of those stories in this form at this time.