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What is the name of the person who steals books?
Can you please tell me what is the word for it?

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    Probably the more common expression is "book thief" books.google.com/ngrams/…, also thanks to the novel and the recent movie en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_Thief – user66974 Jun 14 '15 at 7:40
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    .A tome raider. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 15 '15 at 18:40
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    I usually call the people who steal my books "friends". Are you talking about people who don't return books you loan them, or someone who, for instance, shoplifts bestsellers to take to a used book shop? – Jason M Jun 15 '15 at 18:48
  • @sumelic - I didn't post it as an answer because OP is asking for a single word, but I think it is the expression normally used. – user66974 Jun 15 '15 at 19:00
  • @Josh61: I edited the tags on this question recently for just this reason-- the "single word requests" tag is not actually from the OP, but from a later editor. It's not completely clear yet if the OP wants a single word, or phrases as well. (While the question does say "the word for it", that might encompass phrases.) – herisson Jun 15 '15 at 20:06
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From Wiktionary:

biblioklept (plural biblioklepts)

A person who steals books

E.g.

But the extreme is found in covetousness, and the covetous man who is in the extreme state of bookloving, is the biblioklept, or bookstealer.

[Merriam-webster.com]

  • I was just going to add the attribution (as is required), but found that the M-W article was inaccessible. I switched to the equivalent definition from Wiktionary. I assume the example is from the not generally accessible M-W article. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 15 '15 at 18:46
  • You might also indicate that this word is rare and not commonly heard. – herisson Jun 15 '15 at 18:49
  • @sumelic Perhaps rare, perhaps not commonly heard, but if this word didn't already exist, I'd have created it. The roots are readily understandable to a bibliophile. – Paul Rowe Jun 15 '15 at 22:31
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A more common expression is book thief probably thanks to the novel and recent movie with the same name.

Ngram: biblioklept vs book stealer vs book thief.

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