I want to talk about a book from XYZ publisher.


I want to talk about a book by XYZ publisher.

or maybe they both wrong?


The difference is subtle.

A book by X

is what is usually said to convey that X wrote the book. So

A book by publisher Y

is not idiomatic because it conflicts with the expectation that “book by” is going to name the author.

What is idiomatic is

A book from publisher Y

This is true even though it is idiomatic to say

A book published by Y

Here there is no conflict because the word “published” creates the proper expectation for interpreting “by.”

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