Over at The Passive Voice, there’s an important discussion about Autharium.
On the surface, this looks like the typical aggregating service for self publishers. They take your book and put it on a whole bunch of retailer sites, consolodate all that sales info, and pay it all in one lump sum, all for a small cut of royalties.
While Autharium apparently does those things (and adds some bells and whistles) there is something rather insideous in their terms of service. They say on the surface in various plain-english explanations that they don’t own your copyright, behind the scenes their terms grant them exclusive and perpetual licensed rights to exploit your uploaded content basically forever, even if you remove the story from their site. So, you write the next Fifty Shades or WOOL and suddenly trade publishers are courting you–sorry, those rights are not yours to exploit–they’ll apparently have to negotiate with Autharium.
This is not a self-publishing assist. This is a trade publisher, and a terrible one. Avoid Autharium.