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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Sex sells. Already a ten-billion dollar industry -- and growing -- most sex businesses require relatively low start-up costs and minimal equipment. No wonder retired porn stars, homemakers, college students, and entrepreneurs of every stripe are eager to jump on the pornography bandwagon. Following the money trail, or in this case, the telecom routes, the author reveals how some big phone companies are cashing in too.Obscene Profits offers a startling and entertaining new look at this very old business, and shows why pornography, in all of its variations, (videos, magazines, phone-sex, spy cameras, etc.), is one of the most profitable and popular new opportunities to arise in the electronic age. Starting with a brief discussion of the varying cultural, religious, and legal definitions of pornography and obscenity Frederick S. Lane examines how cameras, VCRs, and the internet are making it increasingly possible for individuals to become both producers and distributors of pornography. He examines obscenity laws, and considers the reduced stigma attached to working in the pornography industry.Drawing from candid interviews with pornographers, sex workers, moral leaders, and legal scholars, Lane challenges the reader with provocative questions about why the industry is so successful, and why we should care. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Sex sells. Already a ten-billion dollar business-and growing-most sex businesses require relatively low start-up costs and minimal equipment. No wonder retired porn stars, homemakers, college students, and entrepreneurs of every stripe are eager to jump on the smut band wagon. Following the money trail, or in this case, the telecom routes, the author reveals how some big phone companies are cashing in too. Obscene Profits offers a startling and entertaining new look at this very old business, and shows why pornography, in all of its variations--videos, magazines, phone-sex, spy cameras, etc.-- is one of the most profitable and popular new careers to come out of the electronic age.

From the Inside Flap: PORNOGRAPHY ... Obscene Profits is an unblinking look at how dirty pictures, phone sex, and X-rated videos have become a $20 billion industry.

Thanks to changing social standards, aggressive marketing, and, above all, the economic benefits of new technology, the pornography industry has not merely survived but prospered.

In the process, the industry has expanded its ranks to include some of the nation's largest companies and thousands of new entrepreneurs.

PORNOGRAPHY ... It's always been about sex, but increasingly, it's about business as well.

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