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 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 will help you find books you'll love. Eddy & Charlie, our feline staffers, are likely to be lounging on the rugs or sleeping in the windows. 

The New Normal:
During this health crisis, our bookstore will be "closed to walk-in traffic but open for business" ~ responding to calls/email/messages Wednesdays - Saturdays 12pm-6pm.

We're happy to make recommendations for you and assemble an assortment of books we think you'll like! Just email us about your interests and we'll send you a photograph of a selection of books!

Call (402) 475-8663
to purchase books and Gift Certificates with your credit/debit card.

*Curbside Pickup
is available WEDNESDAYS - SATURDAYS, 12pm-6pm.

*City-wide Delivery is FREE on orders over $50 and to Near South and Everett neighborhoods. Elsewhere in Lincoln, delivery fee is a flat $5 with no minimum order.
Delivery routes run Wednesday & Friday evenings. We're happy to bring books right to your door, taking every precaution to keep us all healthy and safe!

within the continental US is now FREE on orders over $50.
Regular shipping & handling rates are $3.99 for the first book and $1 for each additional book. However, we will ship your books for less if we can.

*Reservation-only Shopping
is available on Saturdays. Hour-long appointments are scheduled beginning at 12pm. You must have an appointment to enter. We will use a forehead-swipe thermometer to take your temperature. Only Book Fever is allowed! :) While shopping, you must wear a mask or bandana that you bring. You must also use hand sanitizer and wear gloves that we provide. It's a lot, we know. Our community is important to us. Thanks for playing along.


These are strange days. Our financial goals now are to make payroll, keep the lights on and feed the cats. We see this as a time to be of service to our community and to make our shop an even better bookstore. We are working hard.

If you'd like to support our shop, please consider purchasing a Gift Certificate to use later. Gift Certificates are available for any amount and never expire. GC's $25+ come in a sleeve of handmade paper, embedded with wildflower seeds, that you can plant. Porridge Papers, another local business, makes them for us. They're lovely.

Thank you for your patience as we adjust to the new rhythms of doing business. Know that we are deeply grateful for your patronage during this time. We look forward to getting to the other side of this health crisis and celebrating with you all, gathering together in the bookstore once more.

With heartfelt appreciation,
Cinnamon, Katherine, Maggie
(and Eddy & Charlie)

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!

If you do not have a Facebook page, you can call "dibs" on books via email. If you see something you like, email us at A Novel Idea Bookstore!



Book Bag Care Packages Go On Sale!

Just like you order flowers & warm cookies, you'll be able to order Book Bag Care Packages for your friends, family and yourself.
We're working on an e-commerce feature on this site and will soon have these for sale.

Book Bags for adults will have options that include artisanal chocolate, apothecary bath salts and handmade tea saucers - all made by other Lincoln small business people!

Book Bags for kids will include "Fantastic Reader" pencils, "Open Books, Open Minds" stickers & Buttons!

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.