The Book Was Almost Thrown Away

Friends of the Memphis Public Library Sold it for $1,250


The book was almost thrown away. Friends of the Memphis Public Library sold it for $1,250

“Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” (Photo: Courtesy of Louise Brown)

You never know what you’ll find in a bin of old books.

In the case of the Friends of the Memphis Public Library, you might just find a book worth $1,250.

That’s how much the organization made off a 1968 first-edition of a science fiction book called “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

It was the most a former library book has ever sold for, Louise Brown, the group’s manager of online book sales, said.

“This thing was going to be thrown away, and I can’t imagine how many programs that it will fund for the library,” Brown said.

The money raised by the group pays for programs like training for librarians and children’s literacy events.

The book was almost thrown away. Friends of the Memphis Public Library sold it for $1,250

The Friends of the Memphis Library found and sold this 1968 first-edition copy of &