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


What's New
New Arrivals
Events & Festivals

Buying & Selling

Gifts for Book Lovers
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 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: 8/5/18: Padric has been gone for a few weeks. Although there is no replacing that sweet prince, it seems that Eddy would be happier if he had a kitty friend to hang out with. Katherine & I are visiting The Cat House tomorrow. We think that a young male shorthair - 6 months to a year old - would be the best fit. Finding the right kitty may take some time and we'll keep you all posted. When we bring in the new little guy, we'll be asking all of our customers to help us with the "Cat Transition!"

In the world of books...oh my gosh, we have lots of new stuff. Our New Arrivals shelf is new from Friday-Saturday and the display case by the window is full of the new books that we put out on Tuesday. It's an especially fun time to browse!


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!



Shell Game -
Pick Your Discount!

8/10 Fri & 8/11 Sat
10am - 6pm

Pick a shell from our sand pail - your discount is written on its underside.

Get 10% - 50% Off
your ENTIRE purchase!

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.