Amazon offers Kindle e-book buyers antitrust settlement credit - did you get yours?

Amazon offers Kindle e-book buyers antitrust settlement credit - did you get yours?

Amazon.com has begun to notify customers who have purchased Kindle e-books from various publishers that they're entitled to a credit, as a result of the legal settlements reached with various e-book publishers in antitrust lawsuits. Amazon:

Publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan and Penguin have settled several antitrust lawsuits about eBook prices that were brought by a coalition of state Attorneys General, and by a Plaintiff Class. Amazon is not a party to these lawsuits. Under the settlements, the publishers have provided funds for credits that will be applied directly to Amazon.com accounts of eligible customers. The account credits will appear automatically and can be used to purchase any Kindle book or print books sold by Amazon.com.

The credit you receive will vary, depending on how many Kindle books you bought, whether they were best sellers, and whether you were a Minnesota resident (their case was settled separately).

I managed to get an astonishing $3.90 out of the settlement, but I can't complain. A friend of mine scored a whopping 67 cents out of the deal. That's a class action settlement for you.

How about you? Did you get an e-mail from Amazon this morning? How much credit did you get? Let me know in the comments.

Peter Cohen

Managing Editor of iMore, Mac and gaming specialist and all-around technologist. Follow him on Twitter @flargh

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Amazon offers Kindle e-book buyers antitrust settlement credit - did you get yours?

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~$50, and I did exactly what I'm sure Amazon was hoping I would do: instantly bought a pile of books with it.

$2.91. With 471 books in my Kindle library I was kinda expecting a little more, but I guess I wasn't buying the "right" books. :)

When did you hear from B&N? I haven't heard anything from them yet. I've got plenty of Nook books too, it will be interesting to compare how much I receive from them.

I guess I just needed to be patient... $27.28 from B&N vs. 2.91 from Amazon. I guess I must have bought more bestsellers from B&N.

I'm surprised I haven't heard from Amazon. I only bought 33 books from B&N but have bought 177 from Amazon.

Just checked with Amazon and I get nada. I have over 160 kindle books in my library, but apparently I don't read the right books.