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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New Arrivals
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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

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How We Started
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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: 8/4/19: We had a HUGE influx of Manga last week, which prompted some re-organization on our main floor. You'll find the new section across from the counter, sub-sectioned into All Ages, Youth 10+, Teen 13+, Older Teen 16+ and Mature, which will make browsing easier for patrons and parents. Not all books are right for all readers and we leave the decisions to our customers. We think you'll find this section much more user-friendly now, though!

We are excited about a little wave of improvements scheduled to happen this week. With the help of Ma's Handyman and ABC Electric, we're getting rid of the unused radiators inside our front door and the old clamp-lamps near the staircase. We're adding a nice light fixture - and I'll be doing some painting to spruce up the old radiator space.

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!



Fri 8/9, 10am-6pm
Nat'l Book Lovers Day

We'll be serving lemonade & cookies:
chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, monster & snickerdoodles!

Enter the drawing, enjoy a treat, & browse for great book in celebration!

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.