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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Gifts for Book Lovers
Selling Books to Us

Staff Recommendations
One Book, One Lincoln
That's What She Wrote

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Book Condition

Customer Spotlights
Books & Bottles
Schools & Libraries
Our Cats' Page

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How We Started
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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. 

Current news: 12/1/19: We have new books from Easton Press - bound in genuine leather with gilt edges and pictorial covers. They make beautiful gifts. Our Graphic Novel section continues to grow. You'll find DC, Marvel, Image, many omnibus editions, and a variety of interesting offbeat things. They are all in great condition - some still in shrink wrap - and priced at half the current list price.

We broke a sales record on Small Business Saturday yesterday, which amazed us! However, the best part of our day was helping our customers find great books for the people they love. We don't ever want to just sell books. Our goal is to match books with people who will enjoy them. Our staff can help you match books with everyone on your list. 

Remember that we have unique GIFT CERTIFICATES - and that we're happy to process your Gift Certificate order over the phone. Give us a call at (402) 475-8663.

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!



Fri 12/6,
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Bookish Ornament, Jewelry, Magnet Show & Sale

Local artist Amanda Sweet will have bookish baubles for sale. Stop by during your First Friday Gallery Walk!

Thank you for supporting small, local businesses this season!

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.