Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Amazon Kindle book credit: Apple settlement

You probably remember the ongoing battle about the infamous Agency Pricing for ebooks: Apple and some top book publishers agreed to set contracts for ebooks so that retailers like Amazon and Barnes and Noble could not discount their ebooks, in effect fixing the price. They argued it was not price fixing as Amazon and others were just selling venues and couldn't set their own pricing for someone else's product. Amazon disagreed and apparently, so did the US attorney general.

Over the course of the past few years, there have been lawsuits against the publishers and Apple. We've seen a couple of outcomes already, with book credits being issued to people who bought books and "overpaid" during the Agency Model period. My credits were about $50 one time, and $10 another.

So, I was surprised by this email in my inbox (and frankly thought it was a scam email) telling me I had a $167 credit, this time from the Apple settlement. You can read more about it and see your credit on the official Amazon announcement. (

Information for 2016 Apple eBooks Antitrust Settlement

In November 2014, a federal court approved a Settlement of antitrust lawsuits brought against Apple, Inc. (“Apple”) by State Attorneys General and Class Plaintiffs about the price of electronic books (“eBooks”). Those settlements resulted in credits for qualifying Kindle books purchased between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012. These credits are funded by Apple. Read more and see your credit....

 Now to decide which books from my wish list to buy!!

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