Production

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
8

The volume of sexually explicit paperback books which have been published is tremendous. The 1970 President's Commission on Obscenity and Pornography estimated that approximately five thousand new "adult" titles were published each year.[2070] Recent studies of this segment of the industry suggest that while it is doubtful that five thousand sexually explicit paperbacks are still published each year, the actual number published is still large.[2071]

Two major publishers or sexually explicit paperbacks are Star Distributions, Inc., and Greenleaf Classics.[2072] Star Distributors, Inc., is located in New York and is alleged to be controlled by Robert DiBernardo.[2073] Greenleaf Classics is located in California.[2074] William Hamling's Greenleaf's director in 1971, was convicted of obscenity violations for publishing the Illustrated Report of the President's Commission on Obscenity and Pornography.[2075]

The content of sexually explicit paperback books is similar to the content of any other sexually explicit medium.[2076] Incest, sadomasochism, bondage and discipline, bestiality and sexual acts involving children are all common themes in these books.[2077] Current paperbacks available include titles such as: Suckalot Wife, Grandma's Horney Visit, Daddy's Sweet Slut, Hot, Wet Nun, Transvestite in Chains, Vietnamese Pleasure Girls, Rape High School, Rhonda's Trained Dobermans, Pony for Daughter and Tying up Rebecca.[2078]

Paperback books often are developed as part of a series.[2079] Such series include: Siren Slavegirls, Tales of Terror, Pedophilia in the American Family, Incest Tales, and Forbidden Fantasies.[2080]

The cover of these paperbacks is often illustrative of their contents.[2081] I Want All Night Abuse pictures a kneeling man about to whip a partially nude, large-breasted woman who is bound, gagged and crying.[2082] Naughty Family Urges depicts two nude men and two nude women involved in orgy-like sexual activity.[2083] Kneeling for Daddy depicts the back view of a muscular man from the waist down including the buttocks and genitals. A pigtailed girl with one breast exposed and holding a lollypop can be seen through his legs.[2084]

The paperback books are very detailed in their descriptions of sex-related themes and acts and are often written at an elementary school reading level.[2085] The books are usually between one hundred and two hundred pages long and have retail cover prices of $2.95 to $4.95.[2086]

These books generally do not provide specific information about the authors of the books.[2087] Many books do not even include the name of the author.[2088] And, when the author's name is given, many times this name is fictitious.[2089]

The majority of publishers care little about the literary quality of these paperbacks and pay authors small lump sum amounts of five hundred dollars per book or employ in-house authors on salary who write these paperbacks full time.[2090]

Many sexually explicit paperback books contain advertisements on the back cover or the inside flap.[2091] The advertisements may be for sexually explicit paperbacks, magazines, or sexual devices and paraphernalia.[2092] Some paperbacks also have personal advertisements.[2093] Personal advertisements often contain names and addresses or may use a confidential number postal exchange system for correspondence with the individual described in the advertisement.[2094]

These paperbacks also contain order forms for the sex related products shown in the advertisement.[2095] When ordering, the purchaser is required to sign a release on the form that states he or she is over the age of eighteen.[2096] The product or personal advertisement orders may be paid for by cash, check, money order, or credit card.[2097]

Notes

  1. Sampson, Commercial Traffic in Sexually Oriented Materials in the United States (1969-1970), in 3 Technical Report of the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography (1971), p. 98.
  2. Eisenberg, Toward a Bibliography of Erotic Pulps, 15 J. of Popular Culture (1982), pp. 175, 176; See, The Imagery Found Among Magazines, Books, Films in "Adults Only" Pornographic Outlets, infra.
  3. Interview with Daniel Eisenberg, Modern Languages and Linguistics Department, Florida State University (Apr. 10, 1986).
  4. See, The discussion on organized crime influence in the pornography industry for more information on Robert DiBernardo and Star Distributors, Inc.
  5. Eisenberg, Toward a Bibliography of Erotic Pulps, 15 J. of Popular Culture (1982), pp. 175, 179.
  6. Id. at 180.
  7. See, The Imagery Found Among Magazines, Books, Films, in "Adults Only" Pornographic Outlets in Chapter 24.
  8. Id.
  9. Id.
  10. Id.
  11. Id.
  12. Id.
  13. Id.
  14. Id.
  15. Id.
  16. Id.
  17. Id.
  18. Interview with Daniel Eisenberg, Modern Languages and Linguistics Department, Florida State University (Apr. 10, 1986).
  19. Id. This is particularly true with  Star Distributors. Id.
  20. Eisenberg, Toward a Bibliography of Erotic Pulps, 15 J. of Popular Culture, (1982), pp. 175, 176.
  21. Id., p. 181.
  22. See, The Imagery Found Among Magazines, Books, Films in "Adults Only" Pornographic Outlets in Chapter 24.
  23. Id.
  24. Id.; One such advertisement read: "Animal of Action Sexy Model has those hard to find and elaborate poses available! Tell her what you want to see, from golden showers, slaves, master, animals and action or bi-scenes, I ah, should I say I can pose anyway you want, live or in person or by mail. Send $10 in cash with your order."
  25. Id.
  26. Id.
  27. Id.
  28. Id.