If you are reading this post, chances are that you are one among the below Biblio’s. Most people might not be familiar with the below words:
Bibliomania – Bibliophilia – Bibliography – Bibliophobia
Do you know the difference between these words?
All these words begin with the prefix Biblio-, means these words have something to do with the books.
Wikipedia provide the following definitions:
Bibliomania can be a symptom of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) which involves the collecting or even hoarding of books to the point where social relations or health are damaged. One of several unusual behaviours associated with books, bibliomania is characterized by the collecting of books which have no use to the collector, nor any great intrinsic value to a genuine book collector. The purchase of multiple copies of the same book and edition and the accumulation of books beyond possible capacity of use or enjoyment are frequent symptoms of bibliomania.
Bibliophilia is the love of books. Accordingly, a bibliophile is an individual who loves books. A bookworm (sometimes pejorative) is someone who loves books for their content, or who otherwise loves reading. The classic bibliophile is one who loves to read, admire and collect books, often amassing a large and specialized collection. Bibliophiles do not necessarily want to possess the books they love.
Bibliography, as a discipline, is traditionally the academic study of books as physical, cultural objects; in this sense, it is also known as bibliology.
Bibliophobia refers to the condition of having an abnormal and extreme fear and persistent fear of books – some definitions also mention a “hatred” of books.
Considering the above definitions, definitely I am not a Bibliophobe.
I am pretty sure; I am not Bibliomaniac as well. My social relations and health are not damaged because of my love for books and I do not purchase multiple copies of the same book and edition. I consider myself a Bibliophile, as I love reading and collecting books. Yea, to some extend I am a bookworm, as I love reading. But more appropriately I am a Bibliophile, as I love reading and admire and collect books.
So, how about you? You fall in which category?