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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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 & Charlie, our feline staff members, are likely to be lounging on the rugs or sleeping in the windows. 

Current news: 3/13/19: This week, we have several Folio Society Joseph Conrad novels - all bound in original blue cloth, all in slip cases. We also have a very nice slipcased edition of Game of Thrones by George R R Martin and slipcased sets of Who's Who in Medieval Times & Who's Who in Ancient Times. Our cookbook section has filled out with new additions like Vegan, Indian and Moosewood Cookbooks. There's also a nice set of books by Bertrand Russell - and we have some recently published editions of work by Jonathon Kozol. Keep your eyes on our New Arrivals photos!

We are also getting ready to take on a remodeling project downstairs. We will be replacing the current shelving (that we made 28 years ago out of scrap lumber) with shelving that better matches the rest of the shop. We're normally closed on Sundays & Mondays, so we're going to do this thing on Sunday, March 31st & Monday, April 1st. Come see us in early April - hopefully, we'll be all spiffed up by then!

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!



VOTE for 20% off your Books!

Tues 4/9
& Wed 4/10
10am - 6pm
, both days

Election Day is Tuesday, April 9th. Vote in person or by mail. Tell us you voted and we'll give you 20% off your entire purchase. (We don't ask *how* you voted. That's none of our beeswax.)
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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.