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What's the difference in meaning between publishing a book and releasing a book?

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Both options can be used, see publish and release dictionary definitions.

Even though the word publish might just have become too old-fashioned for nowadays consumers and the use of the word release is on the increase, for books case, I’d rather use publish

If we were talking about a movie, music CD, or software then the word release would be more appropriate.

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The short answer, to the effect of the opposite of the other answer here, is no. To elaborate, the synonyms listed by Google come daringly close to released:

make known, make public, publicize, bring to public notice/attention, announce, report, declare, post, communicate, impart, broadcast, transmit, issue, put out, distribute, spread, promulgate, propagandize, disseminate, circulate, air, blazon, herald, proclaim; disclose, reveal, divulge, leak

I'm not convinced that either would sound odd in that use case, but one point I ought to mention is that publishing can refer to the entire process of publishing-- the paperwork and all those sorts of things.

  • this point is important and that what I was asking about – user37421 Apr 15 '15 at 17:40

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