Novel Ideas is a family owned independent bookstore located in downtown Baileys Harbor, Door County Wisconsin. Find a wide selection of new books for children & adults, magazines, fun games, and great toys.

We carry the largest supply of local and visiting artists' music CD's in Door County. We also now have a great variety of music supplies!

We offer a variety of customer services including:

  • Gift registries for holidays, birthdays, baby showers, teachers and more
  • Special orders
  • Book Club Discounts
  • Customer loyalty program
  • Author signings and other special events

After 8 years, Novel Ideas will finish the last chapter of our great adventure, ending May 25, 2014. We would like to sincerely thank all of our family and friends and all of our wonderful customers for your support throughout these past years. Our business hours will be limited to every weekend, Friday thru Sunday up thru Memorial Day. Everything in the store will be on sale during this time so please stop by and say hello or goodbye and pick up some great deals. Come visit us in beautiful downtown Baileys Harbor or call at 820-839-1300.

OPEN Friday through Sunday 10am - 4pm.


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  • Now available! Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich

  • Also available! Driven by Donald Driver

  • And another! From the Top: Brief Transmissions from Tent Show Radio by Wisconsin's own Michael Perry

  • Now available - a great gift or addition to your cabin - the Door County 2014 calendar!

    A great monthly calendar with beautiful scenes from across the entire County of Door!

  • New book for Wisconsin! Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old-Fashioned Experience by Ron Faiola

    Find out why supper clubs are such a big part of Wisconsin's food culture and the full experience of supper club dining: a brandy old fashioned sweet at the bar, relish trays at the table, huge portions of steaks, seafood and game, and the friendly, loyal customers who have been dining at their favorite places for so many years.

  • "Wisconsin Supper Clubs" is a resource for and about supper clubs throughout Wisconsin that includes beautiful photographs of the unique supper club interiors, proprietors, and customers, as well as fascinating archival materials. Also recorded in this book are the regional specialties served at these clubs, ranging from popovers and fried pickles in the northern part of the state to Shrimp de Jonghe in the south. One Northwoods supper club even features fry bread, a traditional Native American dish uncommon to most any restaurant. The "supper club experience" is a tradition embodied by many!!

    Click here to find out more!

  • Signed books available from Baileys Harbor's own author Bob McCurdy!

    'Sometimes You Get The Bear' is Bob's third novel in the Andy McLeod mystery series.

  • Bob also owns and runs Eden North Gallery, located in a rustic log cabin in downtown Baileys Harbor. It features wood carvings by Bob, carving tools, patterns and books.

  • Signed copies available of Brian Gruley's Starvation Lake Mystery series!

    Skelton Box is the latest installment of the Starvation Lake Mysteries. Signed copies are also available of Brian's first two novels in this award winning series, Starvation Lake and The Hanging Tree.

  • Bryan is a reporter-at-large for Bloomberg News, writing long-form features for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. He previously spent nearly sixteen years with The Wall Street Journal, where he shared in the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Pam. They have three grown children, Joel, Kaitlin and Danielle.

    Click here to visit Bryan Gruley's website.

  • Put a smile on your face and share with a friend! Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel.

    The exuberant, exhilarating photographs of dogs underwater that have become a sensation!

  • In more than eighty portraits by award-winning pet photographer and animal rights activist Seth Casteel capture new sides of our old friends with vibrant underwater photography that makes it impossible to look away. Each image bubbles with exuberance and life, a striking reminder that even in the most loveable and domesticated dog, there are more primal forces at work. In Underwater Dogs, Seth Casteel gives playful and energetic testament to the rough-and-tumble joy that our dogs bring into our lives.

    Click here for more information on Seth Casteel and his book.

  • The new Door County book by Magill Weber is now availble: Door County Outdoors: A Guide to the Best Hiking, Biking, Paddling, Beaches, and Natural Places.

    Weber, who grew up in Wisconsin, has spent extensive time in Door County hiking, biking, sailing, kayaking, and birding. She now is a project director for The Nature Conservancy in California.

  • "Door County Outdoors" is an outstanding 300-pages-plus guide (just published) to more than 150 of Magill Weber's favorite Door County locations for hiking, biking, paddling, beaching, lighthouse viewing and wildlife watching - including more than 125 details maps. Six years in the making and inspired by the many sightseeing notes her parents kept in their Door County vacation home, Magill "loves the outdoors, and my book is a guide on how to explore and celebrate the wonderful outdoors in Door County, whether you're young or old. But as great as the outdoors can be, I think you'll find the people of Door County are just as special - friendly, warm, embracing, small town, authentic."

  • Great Gifts for all ages! We have great gift books, greeting cards and other gift items for every special occassion. A book is a gift you can open again and again!
  • New Book Section for Books for Soldiers - Novel Ideas now has a LARGE used book section and all proceeds will be donated to Books for Soldiers! You can also buy a new book requested by soldiers that we will ship to them on your behalf. OR give a special gift by donating in a friend or family member's name. Find out more about Books for Soldiers on our Events page.
  • Remember and Support Our Troops!

    Thank you for your continuing support of our ongoing 'Books for Soldiers' program. Your monetary donations support shipping of books to soldiers stationed overseas.

    Find out more about Books for Soldiers on our Events page.

Click here or on our 'Events' Bookmark for more details.

Enjoy the quiet side in Baileys Harbor! Stop in to check out our new selection of books, toys and games for the season. We have great gift ideas for every occasion. And lots of Door County books & gifts - and directions to Cana Island Lighthouse!

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Novel Ideas - 8085 Hwy 57 Baileys Harbor in Door County Wisconsin


Now on Winter Hours: Open Friday through Monday, 10am. - 4pm.

CLOSED Tuesday through Thursday.

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