A Novel Idea Bookstore
Building & Buying Book Collections since 1991
Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-6 pm . Off hours-open by chance! 
118 North 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508 . (402) 475-8663


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One Book, One Lincoln
That's What She Wrote

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Welcome, book lovers! 

Established in 1991, our store has an ever-changing collection of used, rare & out-of-print books on two floors. You can find everything from paperback Mysteries to SIGNED First Editions, Leather bound books, Scholarly Non-Fiction, Cookbooks, Children's Books & much more. We're located in downtown Lincoln - just a few blocks from the University of Nebraska Campus.
Come explore our labyrinth of books! Our staff is friendly, knowledgeable and can help you find books you'll love. Eddy, our feline staff member, is likely to be lounging on the rugs or sleeping in the windows. 

Current news: 7/13/18: Tonight, we are mourning the loss of our dear Padric.

We took him to the vet weeks ago. They fixed him up - and we hoped that he had an intestinal blockage only. We were encouraged when he gained a little weight.

Today, his health took a turn for the worse and we took him to the emergency vet. They assured us he was not in pain, but it was time. Kat & I held him and cried. We told him what a good boy he was and how we all loved him. And we let him go.

Now, Kat's job is to bury him alongside OK & Silas. My job is to share this news with you.

The bookstore is a special place, in part, because we all share an authentic experience there. It is real life and true love. I know that Padric was *ours* and that some of you will take this hard. Come in for a hug.

We are not ready to entertain thoughts of another cat. For now, we are going to focus on Eddy. It's hard to say how he'll respond to Padric's absence. Come in, play with him & give him some love.

Kat, the rest of the staff, and I feel privileged to spend our days in your company, surrounded by books. We have chosen to rescue cats & make them part of our lives, knowing that at some point, we'd feel like this. Goodbyes are tough.

However - despite this sadness, overall, we are glad. We do what we love, for those whom we love. Thank you for sharing in this wonderful life. ~Cinnamon

New Arrivals

Each week, we post a photo of our New Arrivals section. To view the most recent photos, click here!

We post New Arrivals photos to our Facebook page, where customers call "dibs" on books they would like us to hold for them by commenting on the photos. To be one of the early birds, be sure to like us on Facebook!



First Friday Book Jewelry Show & Sale!

8/3 Friday
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Stop by to admire and/or purchase bookish jewelry by local artist Amanda Sweet.

She'll have earrings & pendants available - and will be taking special orders!

More Info...

Our Gift Certificates are available for any amount, never expire and are good on all books & merchandise in our store. All Gift Certificates are written by hand. Gift Certificates of $25 or higher value come in a beautiful sleeve of handmade paper embedded with wildflower seeds, which can be planted in a sunny spot.

"If you have a library and a garden,
you have everything you need.
" ~ Cicero

We are happy to send Gift Certificates directly to all the people on your list. To order, please call (402) 475-8663, email us or visit our Gifts for Book Lovers page.