to finance the printing of the First Edition Big Book, stock certificates
were sold to early AA members and others. Works Publishing, Inc. was
the original name of AA's publishing business. It was later changed
to AA Publishing and then Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
These certificates were later purchased back so that AA could retain
total ownership of the book.
also see: Big
Book Marketing August - December 1938
Chapter 4 from Mitchell K's book,
"How It Worked - THE STORY OF CLARENCE H. SNYDER
AND THE EARLY DAYS OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS IN CLEVELAND, OHIO"