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# A recent survey indicates that the average number of books read annual

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A recent survey indicates that the average number of books read annually per capita has declined in each of the last three years. However, it also found that most bookstores reported increased profits during the same period.

Each of the following, if true, helps to resolve the survey’s apparently paradoxical results EXCEPT:

(A) Recent cutbacks in government spending have forced public libraries to purchase fewer popular contemporary novels.
(B) Due to the installation of sophisticated new antitheft equipment, the recent increase in shoplifting that has hit most retail businesses has left bookstores largely unaffected.
(C) Over the past few years many bookstores have capitalized on the lucrative coffee industry by installing coffee bars.
(D) Bookstore owners reported a general shift away from the sale of inexpensive paperback novels and toward the sale of lucrative hardback books.
(E) Citing a lack of free time, many survey respondents indicated that they had canceled magazine subscriptions in favor of purchasing individual issues at bookstores when time permits.

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16 Nov 2019, 23:12
A recent survey indicates that the average number of books read annually per capita has declined in each of the last three years. However, it also found that most bookstores reported increased profits during the same period.
I'm thinking either the total population has increased or the bookstores have put in some work

(A) Recent cutbacks in government spending have forced public libraries to purchase fewer popular contemporary novels.
Libraries have fewer new books. People want those books. People buy those books. Logical. Hopefully the others are worse cause this looks solid.

(B) Due to the installation of sophisticated new antitheft equipment, the recent increase in shoplifting that has hit most retail businesses has left bookstores largely unaffected.
the recent increase means that this has likely occurred within the past 3 years. Installing antitheft equipment may prevent the kind of shoplifting that happened in bookstores before, but it's not a strong and explicit connection. Keep B for now.

(C) Over the past few years many bookstores have capitalized on the lucrative coffee industry by installing coffee bars.
The initial information doesn't state that bookstores have made more money from books, but have simply made greater profits. They could sell heroin for all we care. Fortunately, they have only sold coffee. Logical. B

(D) Bookstore owners reported a general shift away from the sale of inexpensive paperback novels and toward the sale of lucrative hardback books.
Fewer total books, but a greater profit from each of them. Good business strategy. Logical. B

(E) Citing a lack of free time, many survey respondents indicated that they had canceled magazine subscriptions in favor of purchasing individual issues at bookstores when time permits.
Magazines aren't books. Book sales at bookstores may have declined, but could be outweighed by magazine sales. Logical. B
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22 Nov 2019, 07:21
Not sure why it's not A - libraries still do purchase from book stores.
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