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Manuscript screening: No
Kind of contract: Non-Exclusive
2+2=5 This is based on earlier claims, as the current incarnation of their website doesn't even feature this information.
Distribution: Through their site and online retailers mostly.
Basic fees: Paperback publishing Basic paperback fee is $749.00.
Hardcover publishing Not available
Combo publishing Basic combo fee is $1,299.00
Color publishing Basic color publishing fee is $899.00.
eBook publishing eBook publishing is $349.00.
Royalties are unknown (used to be 50% of net receipts).
Royalties: Unknown

Back when the information was actually listed, it used to be that you chose your royalties. These used to range between 5-20% on external sales and between 5-50% on direct sales.
Author's discount: Unknown
Break-even point: Between 500 and 700 copies sold through extrenal channels using a 10% royalty
Basic retail price: Unknown. Used to vary based on your choices in terms of royalty payments (between $14.95 and $21.95 for an average length book)
Layout: They will format your book for you (?).
Graphics: May be available as an extra.
Cover options: They will design one for you.
Trim size: You have three trim sizes to choose from.
Additional options: There are a number of more expensive packages with setup fees going up to $2,299.00.
Pros*: *Good distribution.
Cons*: *Expensive setup fee.
*Their contract may or may not be a problem.
*Their royalties are a mystery (but used to be pretty low by industry standards).
*Their site is ridiculously uninformative.
Comments*: The lack of publicly available information is pathetic. If you want to learn anything regarding their services (be it what their royalties are or what kind of contract they offer) you have to contact them directly and talk to a marketing agent that will almost certainly try to sell you as many extras as s/he can con you into. Beware that even their so-called Guide to Book Publishing fails to address these most basic questions.

This is one of several large publishers that were bought by Author Solutions (the others being iUniverse, Trafford and Xlibris)

This publisher used to be known as '1st Books Library'.
The Bottom Line*:

An expensive set-up fee, combined with a lack of anything remotely resembling useful information combine to make this a company you probably want to avoid.

Visit the publisher's site
Last updated: 04-02-2013

* These represent my personal opinion based on what I've seen in the publisher's site.

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