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

Current news: 1/9/18: Today, we bought 11 boxes of books at a housecall. Keep your eyes on our New Arrivals shelf. Many of those books are being unpacked and priced.

We also have LOTS of new projects in the works for 2018, including The (Occasional) Sunday Show & Share Book Club. Realizing that we need more opportunities to interact with each other face-to-face, we're going to start hosting an event every now & then. We'll provide coffee and orange juice. Folks are asked to bring a book they love (or are currently reading) and a travel cup (for the coffee/juice).

We'll take a little time to go around in a circle. Everyone will have a few SECONDS to show their book and say a little something about it. BREVITY here is key. After we all have a turn, we'll break the circle and then folks can enter into longer conversations about the books they brought. They can also mill around the shop looking at books - and they can buy books if they like.

Our inaugural meeting will be SUNDAY, January 28th at 1pm for circle. I'll close up shop at 2:30. ALL are welcome - from tiny tots to venerable elders. One of the goals is to create an activity in which everyone can participate. (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.)

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!



Cookie Day!
Fri 1/26 10am-6pm
We'll be serving Hot Cider & Homemade Cookies all day!

Cinnamon is baking:
*Chocolate Chip
*Oatmeal Craisin

Enjoy a sweet treat while you browse for books!
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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.