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


What's New
New Arrivals
Events & Festivals

Buying & Selling

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

...& More!
How We Started
News Archives
Articles About Us

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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: 9/18/19: This is an exciting couple of weeks in Downtown Lincoln ~ and for our shop! Lincoln Calling (Music Festival) and Lincoln Arts Festival are both this weekend. Lincoln Calling's market will start on Friday evening - and the Arts Festival will be Saturday, 10am-6pm, and Sunday, 1pm-5pm. Downtown Parking Garages will all be open. Art, Music, Books...all the good things are downtown this weekend.

New books include Wicca, History, Cooking, Mysteries, Graphic Novels, Children's Books & the usual interesting miscellany. We will be working hard on new inventory this week in anticipation of Banned Books Week, Tues 9/4 - Sat 9/28. We'll have displays of Banned Books ~ and every customer will get a FREE button!

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!



Tues 9/24 - Sat 9/28
Banned Books Week!

Displays of Banned Books, a FREE button for every customer!

Wed 9/25
Nat'l Comic Book Day

Sale Table of Graphic Novels, a free Drawing for prizes ~ and...

Wed 9/25, 5:30pm - 7pm
Book(let) Signing: Izzy Sheesley, author/artist of Boundless Land

Izzy is a Lincoln High senior who spent time last summer at The Art Institute of Chicago. Boundless Land is a short comic, appropriate for all ages. Copies are bound with a cover & sell for $5 each.

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.