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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One Book, One Lincoln

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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's City Campus.
Come explore our labyrinth of books! Our staff is friendly, knowledgeable and can help you find books you'll love. Padric & Eddy, our feline staff, are likely to be lounging on the rugs or sleeping in the windows. 

Current news: 9/16/14: We bought new Graphic Novels, Manga, SFF, Children's Books & History last week. When you come in to browse - check your favorite sections. You're bound to find something new! We donated gift baskets to the Love & Light Benifest and First Plymouth Church. Jake's Cigars threw a fun street party last week - and we have been watching Jun Kaneko's glass sculpture rising above Tower Square (13th&P) as it's installed.

Husker football and volleyball seasons are underway. We have our new "Go Big Read" T-shirts on sale for $15 - color graphics on both sides. Our first order sold out within 1/2 an hour. Through pre-orders and a quick turnaround, we sold out of M & L on our 2nd order. We have XS, S, XL, 2XL & 3XL currently in stock - and more M & L on order. Get yours soon & celebrate fall - and all aspects of our University town! ;)

New Arrivals
                      Each week, we post a photo of our New Arrivals section. To view the most recent photos, click here!

Remember, that our shop has a steady stream of new acquisitions and many new books get shelved directly. For the best selection, please stop in!



First Friday Sweet Soiree
Fri Oct 3rd

Join us before or during your Gallery Walk for homemade cookies, cider and book browsing!

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Our Gift Certificates are available for any amount, never expire and are good on all books & merchandise inr 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.