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As I understand, a publisher is an organization which prints a book. But I'm still confused between published and published by. Is publisher and published by the same thing? Does published mean the date of publishing?

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closed as general reference by Andrew Leach, FumbleFingers, Hugo, Matt E. Эллен, kiamlaluno Jul 20 '12 at 15:05

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I'm not entirely certain what it is that you find confusing ... A publisher publishes just as a writer writes and an actor acts. The word "published" is simply the past tense form of the verb "publish". – coleopterist Jul 19 '12 at 21:25
Yes, but I'm confused if it is the date of publishing or the name of publisher? If it is the name then what is published by? I would appreciate an answer. Thanks. – user142213 Jul 19 '12 at 21:36
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The publisher is the firm which prints the book—you had that right. For the other two:

  • Published by [name] tells you who the publisher is. You will rarely see published by [date].

  • Published [date] tells you the date the book was published. You will probably never see published [name].

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You also see Published [location] (often followed by [date]). – FumbleFingers Jul 19 '12 at 22:02
But these distinctions are not implied by English grammar, or even unambiguously by the meanings of the words. They are really extra-linguistic conventions of how to present bibliographic information. – Colin Fine Jul 19 '12 at 23:50

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