A Novel Idea Bookstore
Building & Buying Book Collections since 1991
118 North 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508  (402) 475-8663

For now:
CLOSED to walk-in traffic.
Shop is staffed WED-SAT 12-6,
responding to calls, emails & processing orders.
Call or email for
Books, Gift Certificates, Book Bag Care Packages,
AND for Book Recommendations ~ we're offering concierge service.

Curbside pickup  ~  Delivery by the Book Fairy  ~  Shipping
In-person shopping appointments available on Saturdays.
Please call to make a reservation.

Thank you for your support during this weird time!


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

Contact Us


Book Bag Care Packages

Order Book Bag Care Packages
and Send Some TLC ~
to those you love
or to yourself!

Let's face it, these days we all need some comfort and distraction.
Book Bag Care Packages provide both!

We partner with local, women-owned businesses and are pleased to offer their product in our Book Bags.

Send them, like you'd send flowers or warm cookies, to people in your life who need some TLC ~ and don't forget to order one for yourself. This is self-care in a beautiful package from your local bookstore!

To Order, Call (402) 475-8663
WED-SAT 12pm-6pm

We offer Curbside Pickup ~ Lincoln Delivery Wed & Fri ~ Shipping

For Kids

*Reusable Tote Bag
*3-5 books
(for age & interest)
*"Fantastic Reader" Pencil

*"Open Books/Open Minds" Sticker
*Organza Bag with 2 Eddy/Charlie Buttons
*Honey Straw from Valhalla Bee Farm

*Personal Note from Eddy/Charlie

Get a visit from Lincoln's "Book Fairy!"

Every Wednesday & Friday afternoon/evening, Cinnamon makes deliveries dressed in Renaissance Finery!

Delivery is FREE on orders over $50 and to the Near South/Everett Neighborhoods.

Delivery elsewhere in the city is a flat $5 fee, no minimum order.

For Adults
We offer 3 types of bags for adults. ALL come in a Reusable Tote Bag and include a Votive Candle in Glass Holder.

Blind Date ~ 2-3 Blind Date Books, "Hey, Book Lover" Postcard, Sea Salt/Dark Chocolate Bar from Lulubee Artisanal Chocolates

Read & Relax ~ 2-3 Novels, "A Novel Idea" Postcard, Bath Salts from Bella Spa & Apothecary

Teatime Classic ~ 2-3 Classic Novels, "Author" Postcard, Organza Bag of Earl Grey, CHOICE: 8oz Honey Bear from Valhalla Bee Farm OR Tea Dish from Ceramic Artist Sharon Ohmberger

Make it DELUXE: Get the type of book from the Basic Edition of your choice and get ALL the goodies: 3 Postcards, Lulubee Chocolate, Bath Salts from Bella, Earl Grey, and Valhalla Honey OR Tea Dish by Sharon Ohmberger

DELUXE PLUS: Your choice of Basic Edition and ALL the goodies ~ with BOTH the Tea Dish and the Honey

Delivery is FREE on orders over $50 and to the Near South/Everett Neighborhoods.

Delivery elsewhere in the city is a flat $5 fee, no minimum order.

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.