The difference is that a retired book shows a banner at the top that says a book is no longer being worked on.

A book that is unpublished sends the message that it may be published someday, and the author is working on it.

In both cases, a book cannot be purchased.

Here is an article on how to "unpublish" a book:

Here is an article on how to "retire" a book:

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