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
That's What She Wrote

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Our Cats' Page

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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: 11/25/18: We dug into our pricing backlog last week and found Signed First Editions of Mari Sandoz titles, Signed First Editions of Mysteries by John Grisham, Nevada Barr, CJ Box & Michael McGarrity. Other items of note were hardcover editions of uncommon titles by Mark Twain, Folio Society Barbara Tuchman, Audubon Society Field Guides, a 3-volume set of Memoirs by the French ambassador to Russia that was written in the years immediately leading up to the Russian Revolution - and lots more.

Right before Thanksgiving, we purchased a good collection of Poetry and some interesting Civil War books. We also bought a cache of Young Adult novels, including many Rick Riordan titles in hardcover and lots of Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.

Porridge Papers, another local business, made a series of Gift Certificate sleeves for us. They are handmade paper, embedded with wildflower seeds, die-cut to hold an insert. The recipient is able to spend the insert at our shop - and then plant the sleeve according to instructions to grow flowers!

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!



First Friday BOGO
Fri 12/7
10am - 8pm

Get your second-most expensive book
50% Off
when you shop for books on the First Friday of December!

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.