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(See the complete passage discussion here: lsat/viewtopic.php?t=14297)
The correct answer choice is (A)
At first glance, this seems to be a challenging question due to the unusual nature of the question
stem. Upon closer reading, you should recognize that it is just another Must Be True question, asking
you to identify a likely consequence of adopting the new model of digital publishing described in the
first two paragraphs.
Answer choice (A): This is the correct answer choice. Although not explicitly stated in the
passage, we can infer that the new printing machines will require a whole range of products (paper,
binding material, etc.) needed to print and bind the books at point of sale. While digital publishing
does not involve “physical inventory” (line 17), it still entails making books “on demand” using
paper and binding materials.
Answer choice (B): Whether used bookstores will increase in popularity is entirely unknown. This
might be a likely consequence of a scenario in which printed books are displaced by digitized books
that are read mainly on computer screens (lines 2-6). The author clearly rejects this hypothesis,
arguing that consumers will continue to prefer reading books printed on actual paper. We therefore
have no reason to suspect that used books will suddenly surge in popularity.
Answer choice (C): There is no reason to expect that publishers will cut the “middle man” and start
selling their own books. Under the new model, publishers will continue to rely on retailers to sell the
books they print on demand; the only difference is that retailers no longer need to display or stock
physical copies of books they sell.
Answer choice (D): Because digitized books will be printed and bound before being sold to
consumers, demand for the services of copy editors and book designers is unlikely to decrease.
Answer choice (E): As with answer choice (A), demand for book-grade paper will only decrease
if the alternative scenario described in the first paragraph were to become true, i.e. if the Internet
rendered printed books obsolete (lines 2-6). This is not the author’s prediction, and does not
represent the scenario described in the first two paragraphs of the passage.