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.
'Have centerfolds simply migrated to the Web, or has there been a more profound shift in the nature and the influence of pornography? In ''Obscene Profits: The Entrepreneurs of Pornography in the Cyber Age,'' Frederick S. Lane III argues the latter' - New York Times
Introduction 1. A Brief History of Pornography and Technology 2. Voyeur Viewing Pleasure 3. The Thin Blue Line 4. The Risky Business of Online Pornography 5. Phone Sex: The First National Pornography Network 6. The Search for Satisfaction 7. Honey, is that Really You? 8. All the Web's a Stage 9. The Future of Online Sexual Entrepreneurship