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Predictions that printed books will soon be replaced by books in electronic formats such as CD-ROM are exaggerated. While research libraries may find an electronic format more convenient for scholars and scientists, bookstores and public libraries will stock books in the format desired by the general public, which will be something other than an electronic format.

Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

(A) Scholars and scientists find an electronic format for books the most convenient one for quick searching and cross-referencing.
(B) Publishers will continue to print books in the format stocked by bookstores and public libraries.
(C) Scholars and scientists do not usually conduct their research in public libraries.
(D) At some bookstores and libraries, the popularity of books on tape and of videos is beginning to rival that of printed books.
(E) Some members of the general public prefer to purchase books in an electronic format rather than borrow them from the library.

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We are looking for an answer that supports the assumption that printed books will remain, and will not be changed into electronic versions of them.

(A) Scholars and scientists find an electronic format for books the most convenient one for quick searching and cross-referencing. >> highlights why scholars and scientists prefer electronic format vs printed format.
(B) Publishers will continue to print books in the format stocked by bookstores and public libraries.>>this answer suggests that book printing will continue, meaning that there is a demand for paper books.
(C) Scholars and scientists do not usually conduct their research in public libraries.>>Irrelevant
(D) At some bookstores and libraries, the popularity of books on tape and of videos is beginning to rival that of printed books.>>this weakens the argument, since it implies that bookstores and libraries are finding that customers are starting to like electronic versions more and more (rivaling printed books)
(E) Some members of the general public prefer to purchase books in an electronic format rather than borrow them from the library.>>this also weakens, since it increases the number of who prefer electronic formats.

Answer B seems to be the only choice that supports the argument: The number of printed books will not decrease because there is demand for them in public libraries and bookstores, hence publishers will continue to print books.

Please correct me if I am wrong, either in my answer choice or the way I reasoned these answers out!!!

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Just to give a quick official explanation for this one:

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Conc:
Printed books will not soon be replaced by electronic books
(why?)
Prem:
Bookstores and public libraries will stock books in the format desired by the general public (the general public desires non-electronic formats)

There is also a
Counterpoint
Research libraries may prefer electronic formats for scholars/scientists

(A) reinforces Counterpoint ... Weakens

(B) Bridges a gap between the premise and the conclusion. Imagine if this were negated - "publishers will NOT continue to make printed books" ... devastating to the conclusion! So ruling this out strengthens the argument.

(C) Language blender trap. It doesn't matter where scholars and scientists usually do their research. Imagine if this were negated - "scholars and scientists usually do research in public libraries" ... what effect would it have? We don't actually know which format scholars and scientists prefer, only which format research libraries prefer. Even assuming that scholars/scientists prefer electronic formats, the scholars and scientists do not comprise the general public, so a public library would just have to stock BOTH printed and electronic formats if it was trying to meet the demands of both the general public and scholar/scientists.

(D) Weakens

(E) Technically irrelevant, but on its face it seems to weaken.
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