Predictions that printed books will soon be replaced by books in electronic formats such as CD-ROM are exaggerated. W...

Stephanie on February 27 at 03:20AM

Please explain

Hi, Can someone please explain the correct answer? Thank you!

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Ravi on March 1 at 04:29AM

@Steph,

Happy to help! Let's take a look at the stimulus before we dive into
the answer choices.

The stimulus concludes that people are making exaggerated predictions
of the future when they say that printed books will soon be replaced
by electronic formats in libraries. The stimulus reasons that because
book stores and public libraries will stock books in the format the
public wants, printed books will still be around.

The question stem is asking us to pick an answer that strengthens the argument.

The stimulus tells us that the general public will keep on wanting
printed books. We're also told that public libraries will continue to
stock books in the format the public wants. But what if the new
electronic formats made printing books economically inefficient
(because you could get the exact same book for way cheaper in an
electronic format)? The argument assumes that this isn't the case. If
we can find an answer choice that provides support for this
assumption, then we can strengthen the argument.

(B) says, "Publishers will continue to print books in the format
stocked by bookstores and public libraries."

This answer choice does a great job in matching the anticipation we
made before looking at the answers. Obviously, a publisher must print
a book in order for someone to be able to read a printed book. If it's
true that the public will continue wanting printed books AND that
publishing companies will continue to print books, then this
strengthens the argument and its conclusion that predictions that
printed books will soon be replaced by books in electronic formats
such as CD-Rom are exaggerated.

Does this make sense? Let us know if you have any more questions!