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

Current news: 7/6/19: We folded in the new Science Fiction/Fantasy books, shifting most of the main floor to do it. It looked great for Thespian Week, which was lots of fun. We have a bit of a "Thespian Week Hangover" but we're busying ourselves putting the shop in better order - creating new displays in Children's & Young Adult Lit, making new space for our collection of SIGNED Mysteries, and finding space for all the Folio Society books we recently acquired.

The Folio Society creates marvelous volumes, using the best materials. Most of the books are fully cloth bound, with gilt titles and pictorial covers, and housed in slipcases. Many have full-color art or photography. We have books on Ancient Cities, British History, Fairy Tales & more - all by well-respected authors. The Folio Society sells only to its members, so these books will not be found in new bookstores, only in shops like ours. They have been selling rapidly. Come see them while we have them!

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 7/19 & Sat 7/20
20% Off ALL Music Books during Zoo Fest!

14th Street will be closed to traffic during the music festival - but if you'd just like to shop at our bookstore, ask the folks at the gate to let you in.

We'll be open 10am-6pm, both days, offering a discount on Music Books of all sorts!

(Please pay the gate fee to listen to the music, though.)

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.