A Novel Idea Bookstore
Building & Buying Book Collections since 1991
118 North 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508  (402) 475-8663

For now:
CLOSED to walk-in traffic.
Shop is staffed WED-SAT 12-6,
responding to calls, emails & processing orders.
Curbside pickup  ~  Delivery by the Book Fairy  ~  Shipping
In-person shopping appointments available on Saturdays.
Please call to make a reservation.

Thank you for your support during this weird time!


What's New
New Arrivals
Events & Festivals

Buying & Selling

Gifts for Book Lovers
Book Bag Care Packages
Selling Books to Us

Staff Recommendations
One Book, One Lincoln
That's What She Wrote

Some Basic Info
Book Condition

Customer Spotlights
Books & Bottles
Schools & Libraries
Our Cats' Page

...& More!
How We Started
News Archives
Articles About Us

Contact Us


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 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 will help you find books you'll love. Eddy & Charlie, our feline staffers, are likely to be lounging on the rugs or sleeping in the windows. 

5/18/20: Book Bag Care Packages are now available for KIDS as well as adults! $22 for a reusable tote filled with Books, goodies and a personal note from Eddy & Charlie. Pickup, ship - or arrange delivery by our Book Fairy!

If you would like to help us get Book Bag Care Packages to kids in need, please consider giving to our new KIDS' ACCOUNT. No amount is too small - we appreciate all contributions. We work with teachers, Head Start, Friendship Home and others to identify recipients. (If you know a family in need, please get in touch.) If you'd like to help, please call: (402) 475-8663.

Where's Charlie: A Look-and-Find Book from A Novel Idea
is a small photo album we created as a fundraiser for Community Action Head Start. Covers are made of handmade paper from Porridge Papers and feature art by Izzy Sheesley. Copies are limited and sell for $20 each. ALL profits go directly to support Head Start.
Copies are available now!

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!

If you do not have a Facebook page, you can call "dibs" on books via email. If you see something you like, email us at



Book Bag Care Packages!

Just like you order flowers & warm cookies, send Book Bag Care Packages!

TLC ~ in the form of a lovely resusable tote filled with Books and other locally-made treats.

It's a great way to support our shop & other local businesses!

Book Bag Care Package Details...

Info About More Events...

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.