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It seems there could be more than one term, to describe different flavors of this urge:

  1. The urge to read may stem from inherent curiosity, so "bookworm" may fit. It is not precise enough because the feeling may extend not just to books, but also newspapers, journals, educational material, Q&A on Stack Exchange, etc.

  2. A kind of "mania", for example a person that can't ignore advertisements, posters, or any other form of random text that catches the eye.

  • Mad reader, I say – NVZ Jun 2 '16 at 20:29
  • Some sort of logomania/verbomania considering he is only interested in worded materials – vickyace Jun 2 '16 at 20:36
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    '-mania' has a compulsive flavor, while '-philia' feels less so. Lexiphile / lexophile, maybe? – Jim Mack Jun 2 '16 at 20:41
  • Forget my suggestion. I'd go with what @JimMack said. " Mania" is a tad too extreme. – vickyace Jun 2 '16 at 20:52
  • a -philia term will fit the first definition, a -mania term for the second. I'm looking for a nomenclature for both an enlightened, avid reader (as proposed) and a compulsive reader, for which I'd expect some professional term. Is it only expressible by adjectives? – Nano Jun 2 '16 at 21:29
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I am not trying to be funny, but perhaps simply a reader since one definition at cambridge.org includes this aspect (emphasis is mine below)

: someone who reads for pleasure, especially a person who reads a lot:

He's a great/voracious reader (= reads many books). She's an avid reader of historical novels.She's a very keen reader - she devours one book after another. He's a voracious reader of historical novels.

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    Reader, yes, but "voracious reader" says it all. IMO, that is exactly what someone who reads everything in sight can be described. – Kristina Lopez Jun 2 '16 at 21:13
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A "compulsive reader"(simple as that) comes to mind. Not necessarily an OCD but it may reach such extremes.

I was a compulsive reader when I was younger. I often found myself reading posters and advertisements... nothing escaped me.

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Would an "avid reader" work for you?

Avid - Dictionary.com

Showing great enthusiasm for or interest in.

Source link: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/avid


Avid - Merriam-Webster.com

1) Desirous to the point of greed : urgently eager : greedy

2) Characterized by enthusiasm and vigorous pursuit.

Source link: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avid

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Bibliophile is also listed in Merriam-Webster as:

a lover of books especially for qualities of format; also: a book collector

Which lists synonyms such as bibliolator, bibliomaniac, and bookman.

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