“We started with a very simple idea: open an independent bookstore and event space that reflects and supports the community… A year later, A Novel Idea opened.”


We hope to create and foster a space of diversity and inclusivity, and want to help our customers fall in love with books, either for the first time or the millionth.

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Featured Presses

We live for local

At A Novel Idea we believe in shopping small, not just because we're a small business, but because there are so many talented artisans in the Philadelphia area. One way we shop small is through our dedication to promoting and selling books by local authors and small presses. Check out our featured small presses!


Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday: 3pm – 7pm

Wednesday: 11am – 7pm

Thursday: 11am – 7pm

Friday: 11am – 7pm

Saturday: 11am – 7pm

Sunday: 11am – 5pm

We stay open late for events so closing times may vary.