If the scenario described in the first two paragraphs were to become true, then which one of the following would most...

on May 8 at 05:47PM

A & C

Hi, I as between these two choices but chose C because it said warehouse costs would be eliminated. Why is C more incorrect than A?

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Filippo on May 30 at 01:48PM

I also had the same thought process and am wondering about the same thing. Could anyone provide an explanation please?

Francisco on July 30 at 12:13AM

Hello, I also have the same question as above. The author references that the individual printing could even take place by "machines." This helped me immediately eliminate A. There also is decent explanation for how authors will make more because it gives them more control. This is why I chose C. I think it can be inferred that A would be the only option for the traditional companies to remain competitive. I do not think this is more likely than C. Could you please explain how we eliminate C and find strong support for A?

Eugene on August 15 at 09:17PM

People no longer need storage for books; however, the author believes that more books my end up being printed, albeit not by factories, but by money small machines. Where do these machines get the materials for printing? I chose A because the more books printed would necessitate some storage system for those raw resources, IE warehouses. I may be wrong though. I'll see if I can get someone more qualified to look at this tonight.

on August 18 at 02:37AM

hello, following up on this conversation - why A and not C??

Meredith on September 19 at 07:52PM

Can an instructor please answer why C is incorrect?

on September 26 at 03:36AM

same question as above

on September 26 at 03:36AM

same question as above

on September 27 at 07:31AM

Same question as everyone else, would like to add briefly my (apparently incorrect) thought process:

In like 17-18, the author specifically refers to "thereby eliminating the costs of warehousing" in regards to having digital copies that are "printed and bound on demand at point of sale by machines" (7-8).

"...eliminating the costs of warehousing, shipping books to wholesalers and to retail stores, displaying physical books in retail stores, and returning unsold books to publishers..." (17-20).

I chose C because the passage references eliminating costs warehouses and costs for displaying physical books in retail stores, so from this, it would seem that publishers could skip distributors and sell their own books.

Now I would like to qualify this. Clearly, this is somewhat of a leap and not explicitly stated, or really that strongly implied. However, given that B, D, and E were wrong, out of scope, and/or irrelevant, the answer was between A and C.

So based on the new world of books described in the reading, is it POSSIBLE to have A and C? Absolutely. However, what is mentioned/implied in the text?

Answer A states that the need for warehousing will shift, but the only reference we have to warehousing is that the cost of publishing a book online "eliminates" the cost of warehousing.

For answer C, the author references eliminating costs for displaying physical books in retail stores.

So while C is at best implied and possibly a bit of an extrapolation from the text, it seems far less of a leap in logic since both C and the passage reference an eliminated cost, while A is a shift in cost, but in the passage is stated as potentially eliminated.

The only way I see A being correct is if I disregard the passage and just use my own interpretation of what is likely to happen in the world in general. Technically, the question asks what is "most likely the case," it does not actually asked what would be implied from the passage. So, if one thinks publishers could sell books with a higher cost/benefit then if they give amazon a cut, then I suppose it's more likely that they have many machines than eliminating retailers.

Greatly appreciate any help and/or critique, thank you!