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Last edited at 8:43PM on 7/10/2013
A paper eating bug. Book makers spray a chemical on the books to kill the bugs. That is why when you go into libraries or book stores they have a scent. Some book workers will wear gloves; so after prolonged handling of the books, the poison won't absorb into the skin.
Consider the Caterpillar. It is a voracious consumer of it's favorite plants! In this form it occupies 100% of the worms time/concern/activity!
I submit to you: Is it then probable that the term was derived from the similarity between a Caterpillars appetite for Leaves and an Avid Readers appetite for Books?
Good luck, I have research similar questions and IT CAN BE DIFFICULT to come across any definitive proof due to the verbal nature of well...words and the expanse of time since the term was first used. Understand?
A person who constantly reads books will obviously damage them. This is truer when you consider the fact that ancient books were basically thin wood bark. A modern book uses bleached paper and thus is not as tasty as the real thing. Who would want to eat bleached anything?