Appendix 3: Royalties On Literature Sales

Alcoholics Anonymous History

Royalties On Literature Sales

Year
Big Book
12&12
AA Comes
of Age
As Bill Sees It
Total
Royalty $
CPI
Factor
Royalties In 2003 $
Annual
Cum
Annual
Cum
Annual
Cum
Annual
Cum
Annual
Cum
Annual $
Cum $
Annual $
Cum $
1935
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
0.074
 
 
1936
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
0.076
 
 
1937
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
0.078
 
 
1938
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
0.077
 
 
1939
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
0.076
 
 
1940
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
0.076
 
 
1941
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
0.080
 
 
1942
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
0.089
 
 
1943
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
0.094
229,700 Big Books were
sold from 1939 - 1951.

Royalty amounts prior to
1950 cannot be found.
1944
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
0.096
1945
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
0.098
1946
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
0.106
1947
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
0.121
 
 
1948
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
0.131
 
 
1949
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
0.129
 
 
1950
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16,367
 
0.131
124,937
 
1951
229,700
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
229,700
 
13,139
29,505
0.141
93,183
218,119
1952
28,000
257,700
 
 
 
 
 
 
28,000
257,700
14,300
43,806
0.144
99,309
317,428
1953
23,296
280,996
29,567
 
 
 
 
 
52,863
310,563
23,490
67,296
0.145
162,002
479,430
1954
22,004
303,000
10,389
39,956
 
 
 
 
32,393
342,956
15,447
82,743
0.146
105,800
585,230
1955
28,853
331,853
6,805
46,761
 
 
 
 
35,658
378,614
19,963
102,706
0.146
136,733
721,963
1956
23,468
355,321
7,079
53,840
 
 
 
 
30,547
409,161
18,444
121,150
0.148
124,622
846,584
1957
21,318
376,639
7,735
61,575
11,902
 
 
 
40,955
450,116
24,213
145,363
0.153
158,255
1,004,839
1958
20,585
397,224
7,282
68,857
6,862
18,764
 
 
34,729
484,845
20,703
166,066
0.157
131,866
1,136,705
1959
22,481
419,705
7,812
76,669
3,985
22,749
 
 
34,278
519,123
20,931
186,997
0.158
132,475
1,269,180
1960
24,533
444,238
8,545
85,214
3,713
26,462
 
 
36,791
555,914
22,229
209,226
0.161
138,068
1,407,248
1961
27,085
471,323
9,601
94,815
3,456
29,918
 
 
40,142
596,056
24,181
233,407
0.163
148,350
1,555,598
1962
30,000
501,323
10,674
105,489
3,461
33,379
 
 
44,135
640,191
26,506
259,913
0.164
161,622
1,717,220
1963
32,105
533,428
11,155
116,644
3,684
37,063
 
 
46,944
687,135
27,658
287,571
0.166
166,614
1,883,834
1964
32,509
565,937
12,107
128,751
3,763
40,826
 
 
48,379
735,514
28,790
316,361
0.169
170,355
2,054,190
1965
29,900
595,837
14,766
143,517
3,299
44,125
 
 
47,965
783,479
28,372
344,733
0.171
165,918
2,220,108
1966
34,938
630,775
15,506
159,023
3,825
47,950
 
 
54,269
837,748
32,427
377,160
0.176
184,244
2,404,352
1967
38,446
669,221
16,973
175,996
4,205
52,155
21,677
 
81,301
919,049
46,990
424,150
0.182
258,187
2,662,539
1968
41,915
711,136
20,087
196,083
4,783
56,938
15,160
36,837
81,945
1,000,994
47,606
471,756
0.189
251,884
2,914,422
1969
48,197
759,333
22,049
218,132
6,091
63,029
12,250
49,087
88,587
1,089,581
51,934
523,690
0.200
259,670
3,174,092
1970
54,725
814,058
26,868
245,000
6,678
69,707
11,649
60,736
99,920
1,189,501
58,307
581,997
0.211
276,336
3,450,429
1971
69,104
883,162
36,054
281,054
8,395
78,102
13,737
74,473
127,290
1,316,791
74,098
656,095
0.220
336,809
3,787,238
1972
84,908
968,070
43,349
324,403
9,707
87,809
15,183
89,656
153,147
1,469,938
89,396
745,491
0.227
393,815
4,181,053
1973
110,297
1,078,367
60,702
385,105
12,045
99,854
18,425
108,081
201,469
1,671,407
116,997
862,488
0.241
485,465
4,666,518
1974
137,548
1,215,915
86,168
471,273
14,683
114,537
19,693
127,774
258,092
1,929,499
148,348
1,010,836
0.268
553,537
5,220,055
1975
176,274
1,392,189
115,648
586,921
18,303
132,840
26,668
154,442
336,893
2,266,392
224,651
1,235,487
0.293
766,727
5,986,782
1976
181,744
1,573,933
115,405
702,326
13,500
146,340
23,128
177,570
333,777
2,600,169
263,670
1,499,157
0.309
853,301
6,840,083
1977
211,787
1,785,720
136,658
838,984
16,301
162,641
30,129
207,699
394,875
2,995,044
296,957
1,796,114
0.330
899,870
7,739,953
1978
246,490
2,032,210
156,960
995,944
18,929
181,570
30,648
238,347
453,027
3,448,071
315,852
2,111,966
0.355
889,724
8,629,677
1979
310,160
2,342,370
192,180
1,188,124
21,295
202,865
40,271
278,618
563,906
4,011,977
383,850
2,495,816
0.395
971,772
9,601,449
1980
369,980
2,712,350
230,440
1,418,564
21,560
224,425
45,190
323,808
667,170
4,679,147
451,200
2,947,016
0.448
1,007,143
10,608,592
1981
431,800
3,144,150
264,200
1,682,764
22,400
246,825
51,900
375,708
770,300
5,449,447
521,878
3,468,894
0.494
1,056,433
11,665,025
1982
462,100
3,606,250
287,800
1,970,564
22,300
269,125
56,900
432,608
829,100
6,278,547
561,832
4,030,726
0.525
1,070,156
12,735,181
1983
543,300
4,149,550
319,500
2,290,064
23,800
292,925
60,400
493,008
947,000
7,225,547
645,342
4,676,068
0.542
1,190,668
13,925,849
1984
622,500
4,772,050
378,500
2,668,564
25,100
318,025
69,200
562,208
1,095,300
8,320,847
746,816
5,422,884
0.565
1,321,798
15,247,647
1985
696,300
5,468,350
439,300
3,107,864
24,500
342,525
70,300
632,508
1,230,400
9,551,247
836,733
6,259,617
0.585
1,430,313
16,677,960
1986
816,200
6,284,550
479,600
3,587,464
19,700
362,225
79,900
712,408
1,395,400
10,946,647
912,548
7,172,165
0.596
1,531,121
18,209,081
1987
1,001,900
7,286,450
578,600
4,166,064
22,300
384,525
86,600
799,008
1,689,400
12,636,047
1,018,966
8,191,131
0.618
1,648,812
19,857,893
1988
1,109,901
8,396,351
676,349
4,842,413
29,616
414,141
113,719
912,727
1,929,585
14,565,632
872,854
9,063,985
0.643
1,357,471
21,215,364
1989
1,234,980
9,631,331
760,830
5,603,243
30,300
444,441
121,090
1,033,817
2,147,200
16,712,832
901,084
9,965,069
0.674
1,336,920
22,552,284
1990
1,132,878
10,764,209
666,155
6,269,398
25,058
469,499
112,592
1,146,409
1,936,683
18,649,515
1,014,202
10,979,271
0.711
1,426,444
23,978,729
1991
1,054,890
11,819,099
582,690
6,852,088
21,480
490,979
85,150
1,231,559
1,744,210
20,393,725
1,009,225
11,988,496
0.741
1,361,977
25,340,706
1992
1,013,527
12,832,626
552,847
7,404,935
15,330
506,309
75,576
1,307,135
1,657,280
22,051,005
1,007,032
12,995,528
0.763
1,319,832
26,660,538
1993
1,027,657
13,860,283
476,160
7,881,095
16,265
522,574
64,798
1,371,933
1,584,880
23,635,885
956,499
13,952,027
0.786
1,216,920
27,877,458
1994
1,049,343
14,909,626
473,428
8,354,523
14,633
537,207
67,033
1,438,966
1,604,437
25,240,322
885,108
14,837,135
0.806
1,098,149
28,975,607
1995
1,016,994
15,926,620
457,376
8,811,899
15,916
553,123
66,025
1,504,991
1,556,311
26,796,633
814,226
15,651,361
0.829
982,179
29,957,785
1996
963,546
16,890,166
442,601
9,254,500
14,429
567,552
64,615
1,569,606
1,485,191
28,281,824
762,446
16,413,807
0.853
893,841
30,851,626
1997
933,926
17,824,092
414,217
9,668,717
14,412
581,964
75,842
1,645,448
1,438,397
29,720,221
751,780
17,165,587
0.873
861,145
31,712,771
1998
867,828
18,691,920
370,101
10,038,818
10,336
592,300
61,294
1,706,742
1,309,559
31,029,780
589,035
17,754,622
0.886
664,825
32,377,596
1999
872,781
19,564,701
373,357
10,412,175
12,240
604,540
63,581
1,770,323
1,321,959
32,351,739
164,542
17,919,164
0.906
181,614
32,559,210
2000
899,180
20,463,881
380,602
10,792,777
11,182
615,722
63,737
1,834,060
1,354,701
33,706,440
167,917
18,087,081
0.936
179,399
32,738,608
2001
1,356,016
21,819,897
399,513
11,192,290
13,050
628,772
73,080
1,907,140
1,841,659
35,548,099
197,294
18,284,375
0.963
204,874
32,943,483
2002
1,175,053
22,994,950
423,231
11,615,521
14,039
642,811
76,291
1,983,431
1,688,614
37,236,713
156,770
18,441,145
0.978
160,297
33,103,779
2003
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1.000
 
 
Total
22,994,950
 
11,615,521
 
642,811
 
1,983,431
 
37,236,713
 
18,441,145
 
 
33,103,779
 
1. Bill W, and later the General Service Conferences, have been quite open about the royalty payments to Bill W and Dr Bob. Much information can be found in Conference-approved literature and in the final Conference reports.
2. Due to the amount of time both co-founders dedicated to the Fellowship, it was near impossible for them to earn a living through their normal professions. Father Ed Dowling is credited with advancing the concept of paying workers for special services. Lois Wilson was the primary beneficiary of the royalty payments after Bill W’s death. She was prevented from returning the funds to AA as result of Tradition Seven. Bill’s royalties applied to the English language versions of the books he authored.
3. The Timeline document contains information on the evolution of the royalty arrangements and payments. To find these items, perform a string search using the string “royalt”
[1] Date provided by Ron C. of NSW, Australia. Derived from an Archives copy of the Towns Hospital admission record.
[2] Some references indicate that it may have been Rowland H who gave Bill the book. (AGAA 142)
[3] Barefoot Bill L obtained confirmation from the AMA Archives in Chicago, IL that the 1935 Atlantic City, NJ AMA Convention was held from Monday to Friday, Jun 10 to 14, 1935.
[4] Information provided by David S from an audiotape of Bill W at an open meeting of the 1968 GSC. See also the pamphlet The Co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. (P-53, pg 30)
[5] Although no radical changes have been made to the “basic text” of the Big Book, many wording changes have.
[6] The 1945 CPI index is used for the calculation of 2003 dollars.
[7] 1965 CPI conversion factor used to estimate 2003 dollars.