tsumu, to pile up + doku, to read, punning on tsundeoku, to leave piled up)
Noun (informal) the act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with such other unread books
The word dates back to the very beginning of modern Japan, the Meiji era (1868-1912) and has its origins in a pun. Tsundoku, which literally means reading pile, is written in Japanese as 積ん読. Tsunde oku means to let something pile up and is written 積んでおく. Some wag around the turn of the century swapped out that oku (おく) in tsunde oku for doku (読) – meaning to read. Then since tsunde doku is hard to say, the word got mushed together to form tsundoku.
Avid reader Wemedge had his daughter illustrate the word
Don’t suffer from Abibliophobia. Go to the library.
From MacMillan Buzzwords
The World Wide Web is a cavernous source of reading material. Indeed, it’s a bigger readers’ repository than the world has ever known, so it seems rather ironic that the term abibliophobia appears to have been coined on the Web during the last three or four years. It would seem impossible for anyone with regular access to the Internet to be an abibliophobe (someone suffering from a fear of running out of reading material) or to become abibliophobic when more and more reading matter is available by the hour.
One who devours books, literally or figuaratively
Bibliophagist: an avid or voracious reader <Like many , Dirda sometimes has an excessively romantic view of the power of the page. — Kirkus Reviews, 1 Mar. 2006>
<Once you had got through Pooh and Dr. Dolittle, Alice and the Water Babies, you were a on the loose. — Nadine Gordimer, Telling Times: Writing and Living, 1954–2008, 2010>
First Known Use of BIBLIOPHAGIST 1881