About The Next Chapter!

We are an independent book and gift boutique selling new and used books, a wide array of gifts for people of all ages, greeting cards, coffees, teas, and gourmet chocolates.

We host a Lunch Time Book Club, as well as Author and Community Events.


We are located in Knoxville, Iowa, at 202 E. Robinson Street on the south side of the town square.  You can reach us at tel. 641.828.7323 or via email at

Hours, etc.

Our hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  We are closed on Sundays.

Holiday Hours: Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we are open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

We accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.  We do have gift cards, and gladly print them in any denomination.

We are members of the American Bookseller’s Association, the Midwest Bookseller’s Association, and IndieBound.

Special Orders

Yes! We are happy to take special orders for those books you don’t find in our store, whether they are new or out of print. We’re even getting pretty good at tracking down those elusive half-remembered titles!  Most books arrive within a week and you pay the cost of the book only. If you need an out-of-print edition, or are in a rush, you will also be charged for shipping. We ask for payment in advance on special orders.

Used Books

We gladly accept your donations of used books!  The community has been very generous so check back often as we get new stock in every day.  As you may know, we are giving 10% of our used book sales to a different community project each month. So far, we have been happy to make donations to the Marion County Humane Society,the Knoxville Boosters, Marion County Habitat for Humanity, Red Rock Area Community Action, Dollars for Scholars, the Bessie Spaur Butterfly Garden, the Red Rock Arts Alliance, and many more!  The past two years we have also held a book drive for the troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.


11 responses to “About The Next Chapter!

  1. Kathryn Shaw

    January 22, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Do you accept paper backs as well as hard back used books?


  2. thenextchapterbooks

    January 22, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Thanks for your question. Yes we do accept both hardback and softcover used books.

  3. Kelly Srader

    May 5, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I came across a bookmark with “The Next Chapter” written on it. I just assumed that it was some old business that was no longer around since I’d not heard of it. So while bored at work today, I googled it, and lo and behold, here you are, alive and well, and hopefully thriving. I live in Knoxville and apparently I don’t pay nearly enough attention to what is going on around my town. I can’t wait until I get paid Friday so I can stop by and take a look at your store. I’m an avid reader and have found the perfect job at Principal, because I am ALLOWED to read at my desk in between phone calls. As a result, when we aren’t too busy, I can read 3 or 4 books a week at work. I look forward to exploring this unexplored treasure called “The Next Chapter.”

  4. thenextchapterbooks

    May 18, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Thanks for looking for us! And we look forward to meeting you in person. Read on!

  5. Kim Armstrong

    September 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Do you have an outlet for your surplus? We at Better World Books want to create revenue for your store through the online sale of your unwanted materials.

    The basics are these: We will pay to ship books to our warehouse, where we begin to sell them across 21+ online marketplaces. A commission is returned to your store and to our Non Profit Literacy Partners.

    To date, we have worked with more than 500 bookstores nationwide, raised over $6 million for global literacy programs and diverted over 23 millions books from landfills. Additional information can be found here:

    Please feel free to call or email me with questions, or let me know convenient time to contact you regarding this service.


  6. Sara Roberts

    October 20, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Hello! First of all, I love your store. I could spend literally hours in there! I have a deals blog called The Millennial Housewife where I post deals for our grocery stores here in Knoxville. I would love to post any deals that The Next Chapter has going on as well. If you are interested in a little free publicity, please contact me at the email address listed above and go and check out The Millennial Housewife!

  7. Commander Pants

    January 12, 2011 at 8:29 am

    I’m wondering if I could send you a copy of my damnable piece of blasphemy for your reading pleasure (and possibly adding it to your inventory)? WHOM GOD WOULD DESTROY tells the twisted tale of what happens when “God” returns to Earth to goof on humanity once more. Needless to say, things don’t go quite as He’d planned.

    The book has all the ingredients for a killer satire: insanity, a deity, Big Macs, space aliens and the quest for the Ultimate Orgasm.
    Best of all, it’s thought provoking, leading readers to question not only religion and psychiatry, but also the very nature of reality.

    Thus far WGWD has been very well-reviewed. You can check out lots of what’s been said at The book is also available for Kindle at just $2.99.

    If I’ve piqued your interested, I’d love to send you a copy (either a Kindle gift or a hard copy).

    Thanks in advance for considering my spawn

  8. Pat Sanchez

    November 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    (Press Release) Apr 12, 2011
    Denver, Co, and Littleton, Co- Outskirts Press, Inc. has published Honeymoon Nightmare by Patricia Sanchez. The Author’s most recent book to date is a 5.5×8.5 paperback in the biography and religion category, and is available worldwide on book retail websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The web page at was launch simultaneously, with the book’s publication.

    Comments from one of the Outskirts Inc.,
    “Before I begin to explain some of the options and available services here at Outskirts Press, I want to give you my overall impression of your work: You have a terrific writing style. You have obviously done a significant amount planning and preparation in crafting your work. Your prose is nicely written with details that capture the reader right from the introduction. I am sure it was very painful to revisit some of these memories however you have done a great job capturing them and committing them to paper which is not an easy feat. Even though this is a personal narrative, you have written it in a way that many will benefit from reading. Your narrative voice is very familiar and friendly and you have a way with words. I wish more people would take the time to write their stories down like you have. I am sure it will be embraced by many. We can learn so much from reading the stories of other’s lives and experiences. Writing can be very therapeutic. I hope you found solace in your work. I am sure your prose will help many” Lisa Conner

  9. S. YUE

    December 1, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Would love for you to check out my children’s book on pet loss. It went into second print in one month. It’s won awards already! Yeah.
    It’s called Snort’s Special Gift.

    Thank you for your time.
    Suzann Yue. author

  10. Alisa

    November 19, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    I noticed your window display, not sure what it is supposed to be but it looks to me as though it is an upside down Christmas tree….was that the look you was going for? I personally don’t like it for that reason. You could make it like rays from a star or anything else but anti Christmas/Christ.

  11. thenextchapterbooks

    November 20, 2012 at 11:07 am

    In response to the Window Display comment, yes, it is an upside down Christmas tree, which in no way indicates any sentiment contrary to Christmas or the season of Christ’s birth. In fact, this style of tree shows off ornaments better, and this particular upside down tree is bedecked with the covers of children’s Christmas books, most of which are traditional and quite religious. To go a bit further, Christmas Trees are an ancient, pagan Winter Solstice symbol from the Germanic tribes of Europe, and this tradition has been adopted by Christians worldwide to symbolize eternal life. But mostly, we thought the tree was a fun and different way to decorate for the holidays.


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