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.