n. A deep appreciation for the aesthetic qualities of paper; a preference for reading items printed on paper rather than displayed on a screen.
paperphile n.

Example Citations:
Paperphilia seems to have captured imaginations worldwide in the last few years, its resurgence coinciding with a rekindled consumer love of simple arts and crafts, part of a "digital backlash" as Benja puts it. "Paper is unassuming and humble, we see and use it everyday."
—Frankie Unsworth, "DQ 40 Profile Benja Harney,", March 6, 2011

Why Moleskines, and why now? Their resurgence coincided exactly with the rise of digital connectedness, and my gut told me the two must be related. But how? Was it just nostalgia, an effort to escape from the messiness of the present into the simplicity of an idealized past? Maybe paperphilia really isn't so different from the recessive pinings that motivate some people to own antique cars.
—William Powers, Hamlet's Blackberry, Harper, June 29, 2010

Earliest Citation:
When it comes to the crunch the mug punters — that is you, me and those others who are called end users — prefer the information on a piece of paper. ...

This paperphilia accounts for the staggering success of facsimile transmission as a means of communication.
—Gareth Powell, "The fax of life," Sydney Morning Herald, February 28, 1994

The word paperphile is a few years older, dating to an April 18, 1998 Globe and Mail article titled "Those paperphiles still demand piles of the white stuff." Here's a slightly older citation that seems to be referring to a person who likes newspapers:

According to John Walsh, an out-of-town paperphile, sports reporters who are particularly helpful to Rotisserians with timely Sunday gossip are Peter Pascarelli of the Philadelphia Inquirer; Richard Justice of the Washington Post; ...
—Peter Golenbock and Alex Patton, How to Win at Rotisserie Baseball, Vintage, April 12, 1987

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