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Question reguarding the e-book settlement between the differant publishing companies

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Initial post: Mar 5, 2013, 5:52:41 AM PST
When should we expect our accounts to be credited after the settlement goes through and roughly how much will be refunded per e-book?

Posted on Mar 5, 2013, 5:57:26 AM PST
seedlady says:
within a few months, and about 30 cents, if i remember my email correctly. what did your email say?

Posted on Mar 5, 2013, 5:58:13 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 5, 2013, 5:59:15 AM PST
Perhaps 30 cents for qualifying books. Every book you have purchased will not qualify.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013, 5:58:58 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 5, 2013, 5:59:32 AM PST
Double posting from too many tabs open.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013, 6:02:36 AM PST
Unless you live in Minnesota, in which case you won't get anything. The suit was brought by the attorneys general of the other 49 states. MN's AG refused to participate, so the residents there do not get anything in the settlement.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013, 8:36:19 AM PST
I seem to remember them saying it would be up to a 1.29 per e-book. Its been awhile though and don't have that e-mail anymore.......

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013, 8:42:28 AM PST
King Al says:
That's only if the book was on the NY Times bestseller list. You will get about $0.30 for all other books.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013, 8:50:17 AM PST

"The date for distribution of funds from the Settlements has not yet been determined."

As for the amounts, the distribution plan was accepted and finalized. The amount expected by the approved plan, and wasn't changed by the time it was accepted, is $1.32 per book that was on the NYT Bestseller list, $0.30 each for the ones not on the bestseller list, and nothing for those that were free.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013, 10:15:42 AM PST
loriltx says:
This is what the email from Amazon said:

"We have good news. You are entitled to a credit for some of your past e-book purchases as a result of legal settlements between several major e-book publishers and the Attorneys General of most U.S. states and territories, including yours. You do not need to do anything to receive this credit. We will contact you when the credit is applied to your account if the Court approves the settlements in February 2013.

Hachette, Harper Collins, and Simon & Schuster have settled an antitrust lawsuit about e-book prices. Under the proposed settlements, the publishers will provide funds for a credit that will be applied directly to your account. If the Court approves the settlements, the account credit will appear automatically and can be used to purchase Kindle books or print books. While we will not know the amount of your credit until the Court approves the settlements, the Attorneys General estimate that it will range from $0.30 to $1.32 for every eligible Kindle book that you purchased between April 2010 and May 2012. Alternatively, you may request a check in the amount of your credit by following the instructions included in the formal notice of the settlements, set forth below. You can learn more about the settlements here:"

In addition to the account credit, the settlements impose limitations on the publishers' ability to set e-book prices. We think these settlements are a big win for customers and look forward to lowering prices on more Kindle books in the future.

Thank you for being a Kindle customer."

A separate email from the Attorney General's office stated:

"Benefits from an Attorney General E-books Settlement Fund

Para una notificación en Español, llamar o visitar nuestro website.

Settlement ID Number: AP01490273

Records indicate that you are eligible for a payment from Settlements reached by the State Attorneys General with electronic book publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster. The Settlements resolve an antitrust lawsuit about the price of electronic books. Apple Inc. ("Apple") has not been sued in this case. It is assisting in providing this notice as a service to its customers.

What the Settlements Provide

The Settlements create a $69 million fund for payments to consumers who purchased qualifying electronic books from April 1, 2010 through May 21, 2012. If the Court approves the Settlements, eligible consumers like you will receive credits to your iTunes account. The credit can be used on any purchases of electronic books. The amount of your payment has been determined based on the qualifying electronic book purchases identified by Apple in your iTunes account.

How to Receive your Benefit

Because you are pre-qualified, you do not need to do anything at this time to receive your credit. If the Court approves the Settlements, you will receive another email letting you know how to activate your credit. Once you activate the credit, it will be applied to your account by Apple. (If you bought electronic books from more than one retailer, you may receive notices with different instructions about whether you will receive a credit or need to file a Claim Form for that retailer. You will have a separate claim for each retailer and you should follow the specific instructions from each one.)

You also have the option to receive a check instead of your credit. You can request a check by calling 1-866-621-4153, or going to the Settlement website listed below, and clicking on the Check Request Option link. Be sure to reference the Settlement ID number found at the top of this email. The Settlement website is:

Your Other Rights

You can choose to exclude yourself from the Settlements and keep your right to sue on your own. If you exclude yourself, you can't receive any benefits from the Settlements. If you don't exclude yourself, you can submit objections about the Settlements.

Your written Exclusion Form or objections must be postmarked by December 12, 2012. Please visit the Settlement website for detailed information on how to submit a valid Exclusion Form or objection.

A separate lawsuit against two other publishers and Apple continues and is set for a trial in 2013. Apple denies the allegations in that lawsuit. Your rights in the separate suit are not affected by any action you take in regards to these Settlements.

The Court will hold a hearing on February 8, 2013 at 10 a.m. to consider whether to approve the Settlements. You or your own lawyer may ask to appear and speak at the hearing.

For more detailed information:
Call 1-866-621-4153 or Visit"

Posted on Jul 19, 2013, 4:04:16 AM PDT
rcarey22 says:
Has anyone received a credit from the settlement reached by the State Attorneys General with electronic book publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster? What's the hold up?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2013, 4:36:41 AM PDT
They have until September to disburse the funds, I think.

This is all the info anyone has. Visit

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2013, 5:38:28 AM PDT
Both those emails say you'll receive an email first, and then you have to (in one case) activate the credit or (in the other case) notify them how you want to receive the credit. So it won't be just applied to your account without you noticing.

Posted on Jul 20, 2013, 7:36:02 PM PDT
mike palmer says:
They have until September, which means it won't happen a day sooner.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2013, 7:48:57 PM PDT
Artist says:
What's the hold up? Reality! The law doesn't work fast just because you want it to.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2013, 7:14:15 AM PDT
mike palmer says:
The law already worked. It's done. The money's already there. They're holding onto it "just in case".

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2013, 7:40:53 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Actually they are holding on to it to draw as much interest on it as possible before releasing it. That is what I would do as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2013, 7:44:01 AM PDT
mike palmer says:
Sounds like something that should be illegal.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2013, 7:47:40 AM PDT
Tinker-bella says:
Why? They are legally entitled to not have to disperse any settlement funds until a specific date... so even though it may seem uncharitable to not do so (and none of us may care for those types of ethics), they are within their legal rights to do so.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2013, 7:49:12 AM PDT
mike palmer says:
Which is why I said it SHOULD be illegal, not that it IS.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2013, 7:54:44 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
So it should be illegal for them to pay by the date the courts set?? OK.....

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2013, 7:56:13 AM PDT
mike palmer says:
It should be illegal for them to profit off making us wait.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2013, 7:57:56 AM PDT
Tinker-bella says:
Do you feel the same way about credit card grace periods or property tax bills?

Technically, you are supposed to pay your credit card charges (in the legal terms) upon demand, which means when you charge them. But credit card companies give you a grace period (typically 20-30 days). If you make any charges to a credit card, do you pay it as soon as you charge it?

My property tax bill arrives in November, and I can either pay the entire amount in full by December 31, or I can pay every other month the divided amount through July.

Which option do you think I prefer? Personally, I would rather collect the interest in my account and pay every other month (since there is no penalty for doing so).

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2013, 8:00:15 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
So then it should be illegal for you to draw interest on your own accounts if you have already received bills dated for a later date then. Is that what you are saying??

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2013, 11:02:55 AM PDT
Artist says:
"The money's already there." Yeah, so what? It's not a simple task to divide it among millions of people. Your mind is obviously too narrow to understand the enormity of what goes into disbursing that kind of money to that many people.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2013, 12:23:48 PM PDT
mike palmer says:
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