Over the past decade, e-books have revolutionized the way people consume written information. It will probably come as no surprise that the total global sales number continues to rise each year. There are several reasons why readers are buying more e-books. For starters, reading a lengthy e-book in front of your computer isn't the most comfortable thing to do. But since tablet sales have exploded, readers can now relax and read their favourite e-books in bed or on the beach. Many e-books are often sold at lower prices than traditional books. Since there is almost zero cost for producing e-books, some authors are offering their novels at lower prices. Another factor is convenience. In the past, keeping a large book collection meant setting aside a lot of extra space in one's home. With e-books, it is now possible for readers to carry a portable library, which contains thousands of books. To really understand the e-book market, it is important to keep up with national trends. Recent data suggests that the e-book markets in the US and the UK have matured. In both of these countries, e-book sales account for roughly 20 percent of overall book sales. Although that percentage continues to increase, it is going up at a slower rate than in the past. The popularity of e-books has exploded in Russia. In one poll, 70 percent of Russians claim to have read at least one e-book. However, publishers are not too pleased with this news because approximately 92 percent of e-books in Russia are acquired illegally. In France, consumers don't appear to be too keen on e-books at this time. Although in 2012, e-book sales comprised about 3 percent of the market, it is predicted that this number will increase at a very slow pace. Some French people believe that reading e-books on small screens is uncomfortable. Others say that the French are a cultural exception, as they like the feeling of holding a dusty old physical book. This demonstrates that no matter how popular e-books get, it is unlikely that traditional books will disappear any time soon. Câu 36: This year e-book sales in the US and the UK will probably _____. A. increase drastically B. keep going up C. stay the same D. start to decline Câu 37: Which of the following is NOT a reason why e-books became popular worldwide? A. People can now store more books easily. B. Reading e-books recently became more comfortable. C. Most popular novels are only offered as e-books. D. A new type of reading device was invented. Câu 38: The phrase "account for" in paragraph 2 is closest in meaning to _____. A. know what has happened B. are the explanation for C. form the total of D. are a particular part of Câu 39: Why are publishers unhappy about the popularity of e-books in Russia? A. The quality of e-books is poor. B. Customers are not paying for them. C. More people are returning to traditional books. D. Only a small percentage of people read e-books.