Amazon eBook Buyers Get eBucks Back Through a Court Settlement

The antitrust settlement could provide a little boost to your Amazon account. Here’s what you should know.

If you purchased certain Kindle books between April 1, 2010, and May 21, 2012, you may have a credit waiting for you in your Amazon account.

The automatic credits are part of a 2013 eBook antitrust settlement with popular publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan and Penguin.

The Amazon credits come just three weeks after a federal appeals court upheld a 2013 ruling that Apple violated antitrust laws by conspiring with the five major book publishers to raise digital book prices.

Some Amazon customers received credits of $2, $5 and even up to $8, as part of the price-fixing settlement, according to CNBC.

I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email from Amazon this week notifying me that $2.44 had been credited to my account. I’ll put the credit to good use when I purchase the next book in the Outlander series.

If you received a credit from Amazon as a result of the eBook settlement, Amazon said it will “automatically apply your available credit to your next purchase of a Kindle book or print book sold by Amazon.com, regardless of publisher.”

Amazon’s eBook settlement FAQ page said the book publishers have provided all the necessary funds for the credits because Amazon was not a party in the lawsuit.

If you want to see if you have an Amazon credit balance, click here. The book credits will be valid through July 31, 2016. If you think you’re entitled to a credit, but you didn’t receive a notification email from Amazon, contact Amazon customer service.

Click here to read more about the eBook lawsuit.

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