Amazon and other retailers are now informing their customers about the ebook settlement credits promised in yesterday’s announcement.
If you are due a credit, it should show up in your account as one or more discrete additions to your gift card balance.
Any US consumer who bought an ebook between 1 April 2010 and 21 May 2012 should be eligible to receive a pro-rated refund equivalent to $6.93 for each ebook which was on the New York Times best-seller list, and $1.57 for all other ebook purchases. Given the large number of ebook sites which have closed over the past few years, that refund is less than certain, but the major ebook retailers are following through.
There are several mentions in the comment section for my post yesterday of B&N sending refunds, and I expect that Apple will also be notifying customers as well.
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Here’s the email Amazon sent me this morning:
You now have a credit of $3.14 in your Amazon account. Apple, Inc. (Apple) funded this credit to settle antitrust lawsuits brought by State Attorneys General and Class Plaintiffs about the price of electronic books (eBooks). As a result of this Settlement, qualifying eBook purchases from any retailer are eligible for a credit. You previously received an email informing you that you were eligible for this credit. The Court in charge of these cases has now approved the Apple Settlement. If you did not receive that email or for more information about your credit, please visit www.amazon.com/
You don’t have to do anything to claim your credit, we have already added it to your Amazon account. We will automatically apply your available credit to your purchase of qualifying items through Amazon, an Amazon device or an Amazon app. The credit applied to your purchase will appear as a gift card in your order summary and in your account history. In order to spend your credit, please visit the Kindle bookstore or Amazon. If your account does not reflect this credit, please contact Amazon customer service.
Your credit is valid for one year and will expire after June 24, 2017, by order of the Court. If you have not used it, we will remind you of your credit before it expires.
Thank you for being a Kindle customer.
The Amazon Kindle Team
image by Wesley Fryer