Not bibliophile, or really anything "biblio-" because that means a love of books, which might mean a collector or someone who loves the books themselves, but not necessarily their content. Also, not words like bookworm, because they refer to the person who loves reading, whereas I'd like a word that describes the act or state of loving to read.

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    If we go from Latin, lectiophilia would fit. Though it can only qualify as a nonce word for now but it can become a neologism perhaps.
    – ermanen
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 20:04
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    @ermanen: couldn't a lectiophile be someone with a deep love of bed? Like many teenagers. Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 20:20
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    Actually, "-philia" is from Greek (philo - loving), so I'd go with "anagnosephilia". hth.
    – jules
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 20:46
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    I assume "bookworm" conveys the behavior but fails to convey the emotion you are trying to convey...
    – GetzelR
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 20:56
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    The reason bookworm (and actually, all of the suggestions, which nonetheless are all excellent) doesn't work is because it describes A PERSON (caps for emphasis, not tone) who loves to read. I am looking for THE STATE of loving to read. The definition of this word should be: "the love of reading" or "a great affinity for reading." Bookworm also could convey a love of knowledge, but not actually gaining enjoyment from the act of reading itself. I honestly don't know if there is a word with this meaning...it seems like there really should be, though.
    – GuestMe
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 23:18

8 Answers 8


There is the word bookish:

fond of reading; studious

and bookishness for the fondness of reading:

the quality or condition of being bookish

The word has other connotations as well but I think this word is the closest single word you can get for this meaning.

As I mentioned in the comments, lectiophilia would be a suitable neologism for the love of reading if we follow the path of bibliophilia (and such words suffixed with -philia). Lectio means reading in Latin. In the end, it can always be used as a nonce word.


Bibliophily is the fondness or love for books or reading


describing someone who likes to read as having:

Ballycumber n. One of the six half-read books lying somewhere in your bed.
- (1983) coined by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd.


Librocubicularist (plural librocubicularists). (rare) A person who reads in bed.


Omnilegent reading or having read everything; having encyclopedic curiosity and knowledge: no historians have been more omnilegent, more careful of the document - George Saintsbury

  • All excellent, but still looking for a word that doesn't indicate a PERSON (CAPS for emphasis, I'm not yelling, I promise), but rather just the love itself (so your second and your last come closest). Thanks though, these are quite good.
    – GuestMe
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 23:22
  • I found a wordy Latin quote from 1344 to describe the love of reading -it was called "love of reading". Does your word need to be in English?
    – Third News
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 23:35
  • @ThirdNews I don't know if you still check this and maybe on this SE it's not appreciated but personally I'd love to see that quote. But I'm fascinating with language in general - philology, logophile, bibliophile, bibliomane/bibliomaniac (I'm really addicted to buying books...) and etymology too of course. The quote sounds interesting (if you even remember where it was)! Oh and wonderful post. Rare words are a delight and I'm saving these three you refer to in my file I keep of interesting words. Thanks for that!
    – Pryftan
    Commented Jan 18, 2020 at 16:44

bibliophagist (plural bibliophagists)

(rare) A bibliophage; one who loves to read books.

The term is also listed in Collins Dictionary and Merriam-Webster

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    I don’t dispute your source, but bibliophage sounds like someone who literally (as opposed to metaphorically) devours books. :)
    – Lawrence
    Commented Mar 8, 2019 at 13:05

How about the word "bookaholic"? It is an informal word defined as:

A habitual and prolific reader; a compulsive book buyer.


Bookworm (informal) ; noun

: a person unusually devoted to reading and study (Merriam-Webster online)

: a person who reads a lot (Cambridge dictionary online)

The librarian of former times was almost invariably a bookworm

  • No; OP had already mentioned and discounted this. Commented Jan 18, 2020 at 18:57

Logophile (like myself).

Definition by Merriam-Webster:

A lover of words.

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    Hi Elisheva, welcome to EL&U. I've edited your answer to include a published source and link for the definition you provided, but you should do this yourself in future answers. An answer on EL&U is expected to be authoritative, detailed, and explain why it is correct. Note that your post has been flagged for possible deletion as "low-quality because of its length and content" and is still lacking a solid explanation on why logophile represents "a deep love of reading" rather than, say, a crossword enthusiast. For further guidance, see How to Answer and take the EL&U Tour :-) Commented Mar 8, 2019 at 8:26
  • A lover of words may be interested in spoken rather than written word
    – nnnnnn
    Commented Dec 14, 2019 at 4:26
  • That's not the same thing though. I'm a logophile, a bibliophile and a bibliomane (bibliomaniac) and even get stuck in the dictionary (and have since I was a child) but I wouldn't identify any of those as loving to read per se. Still I can see how it could be interpreted that way. @nnnnnn Yes and then you also have philology/philologists to consider.
    – Pryftan
    Commented Jan 18, 2020 at 16:41

lectiophile - Latin reading lover


The Latin for "I read" is lego, so I suggest legophilia (yes, why not combine Latin and Greek?)

  • If it can be considered a word (and I suspect it's not in OED), then it seems to be used (rarely) in connection with the building blocks. Commented May 20, 2015 at 23:15
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    Sounds to me like a love of building things out of Legos.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Sep 18, 2018 at 12:36
  • @HotLicks That's what I thought of and it's what made me laugh out loud. Brilliant answer even if it has other meanings that's easy to think of!
    – Pryftan
    Commented Jan 18, 2020 at 16:37
  • @EdwinAshworth It's not. There's just 'Lego' and 'Leg over' but not what's suggested. Still that's a good analogy.
    – Pryftan
    Commented Jan 18, 2020 at 16:38

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