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Literary critics are concerned by a recent trend in book publishing

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Literary critics are concerned by a recent trend in book publishing. The sales of genre books——lowbrow fare, such as romance novels, that critics contend have little literary value——have increased dramatically over the last five years. In fact, an analysis of the books stocked in bookstores shows that the ratio of titles in the classic literature category——which includes books with high literary value by such authors as Dickens, Dostoyevsky, and Faulkner——to titles in the genre category has decreased over the same period. In addition, average sales per title in the genre category have increased greatly over the last five years. Critics fear that if current trends continue, genre books will dominate the market for fiction books, signaling a lamentable decrease in the quality of literature to which the average reader is exposed.
Which of the following pieces of information would be most useful in evaluating the validity of the critics claim about genre books potential domination of the market for fiction books?
A. the likelihood that current trends in the sales of books in the genre and classic literature categories continue
B. the amounts of sales, in dollars, for books in the genre and classic literature categories over the last five years
C. a comparison of sales revenues for nonfiction books and genre books over the last five years
D. sales revenues over the last five years both for genre books and for fiction books other than those in the genre or classic literature categories
E. a numerical estimate of the literary value contained in each of several representative titles of the genre book category

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prat j
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The question is if the fiction books market is affected by the appalling trends on the entire books market.


1. the likelihood that current trends in the sales of books in the genre and classic literature categories continue
This would not prove the critics' anxiety.
2. the amounts of sales, in dollars, for books in the genre and classic literature categories over the last five years
Genre and classic categories are already covered in the argument, besides we are interested in fiction.
3. a comparison of sales revenues for nonfiction books and genre books over the last five years
Nonfiction books sales are not what we need to know.
4. sales revenues over the last five years both for genre books and for fiction books other than those in the genre or classic literature categories
Both genre and fiction books sales are concerned. If sales for fiction books has not diminished while sales for genre books increased, then fiction books market is apparently not affected by genre books.
5. a numerical estimate of the literary value contained in each of several representative titles of the genre book category
The value is already determined in the argument. 

answered Sep 22, 2015 by Beginner (6 points)
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