I was looking for a book that was to be released by that time and opened the respective page saying " (name of the book) is released!".

How can that be possible? Shouldn´t it be the present perfect here because it is relevant for the present meaning that I can buy now? I don´t understand.

  • I would use "has been released" because the release of a book involves a number of processes over some period of time. As opposed to "He was released from prison." which would be a single event.
    – user3169
    Commented Mar 28, 2018 at 5:37

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Passive sentences in English can be stative passives (describing a state) or dynamic (describing an action). Similarly, a form of "to be" plus the past participle can also be an adjective phrase rather than a passive expression.

(Book) is released

This can be understood as the book is now in the state of being released (i.e. before it would be said "(Book) is unreleased").

(Book) has been released

This would also be valid, but this would more emphasize the action/event.


The book is about to be released, very soon. Remember, they probably want you to buy it. Sometimes there is a waiting list for books that haven`t been released yet. Once the book has been released, you can say it has been released, so now I can buy it.

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