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#3- Statistics from the National Booksellers Association

karen_k
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Hi!

When I first did this question, I overlooked A and chose E. Looking back, I understand why A is a better answer but why exactly is E wrong? Thank you!
jeff.wren
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Hi Karen,

Thanks for your question. The problem with answer choice (E) is that it mentions "overseas" customers. Here, the word "overseas" is being used to mean other countries. Since this argument only concerns the national campaign to encourage people to read more, statistics about customers from other countries are not relevant.

I hope this helps.

Best,
Jeff
karen_k
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Thank you, Jeff!
taylorballou
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Hello,

I narrowed down my contenders to answer choices A and B. I chose B because I thought the fact that newspapers and periodicals selling more than fiction books showed efforts to increase reading have been successful in specific genres. Is B incorrect because it does not discuss any type of book/periodical/etc. sales increasing?

Thank you,

Taylor
Eric Ockert
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Hi Taylor!

Careful, the efforts here were not to encourage more reading generally but, rather, to encourage people to read more fiction, specifically. So, the argument in the conclusion is essentially that these campaigns (to read more fiction) have not been successful. So, if our job is to weaken this argument, we need an answer that suggests that perhaps these campaigns to read more fiction have been successful.

Answer choice (B) mentions newspapers and periodicals which are not fiction (at least, without further information, we cannot interpret these items as fiction). This does not provide any evidence that the fiction reading campaigns have been successful. Therefore, it is incorrect.

Answer choice (A), on the other hand, specifically mentions other types of fiction sales going up. This would suggest that maybe the fiction reading campaigns have had some success. That weakens the author's claim that they have not been successful, and is therefore correct.

Hope that helps!
Eric Ockert
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