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Will You Be Getting an eBook Refund?

Posted by JenThorpe at 2:38 AM on October 16, 2012

Those of you who have a Kindle might have a refund coming your way, eventually. This is a result of a recent antitrust lawsuit settlement between Amazon and the ebook publishers that were named in the lawsuit: Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster, and their many subsidiaries.

Amazon.com has started sending email to some of their customers to tell them that they may be eligible for a credit This specifically relates to ebooks that were purchased between April of 2010 and May of 2012 by the above mentioned publishers. Consumers might receive anywhere between $0.30 and $1.32 for each ebook they purchased during that time frame.

How much you get depends on a few things. First, you have to have purchased an ebook from Amazon during that time frame. The amount of refund you get depends upon if the book was on the New York Times Bestseller list when it was purchased. If so, you could be getting a $1.32 refund for that book. If not, you may be getting less, (as low as $0.30) as a refund for that particular book. If you bought a bunch of ebooks during the time frame the settlement specifies, you could be in for quite a refund.

Before you get too excited, realize that the refunds will not be made until after the courts approve of the settlements. That hearing is scheduled for February of 2013. In addition to Amazon.com, Apple and Barnes & Noble will also be issuing refunds (but the amount hasn’t been released as of yet). The refunds will come in the form of an account credit. It may also be possible for you to request your refund in the form of a check, instead.

It seems to me that most of the time, when lawsuits like these happen, consumers don’t end up receiving anything at all. It is interesting that this time, at least some people will be getting a credit.

Image: Stock Photo Young Woman Reading On eBook by BigStock

6 Comments

  1. From QueenofHaiku at 2:41 am on October 16, 2012

    You could be getting an ebook refund (sometime in 2013). I wrote this for Geek News Central: http://t.co/bndSuhrL

  2. From jasonw754 at 8:42 am on October 16, 2012

    I got the e-mail from Amazon, and I’m sure I’ll get something like $.90, but what I’m more interested in is whether this means we’ll quit seeing the dreaded “This price was set by the publisher” next to a kindle edition price that’s the same as the edition that has to be printed and warehoused and put in a box and shipped to you.

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  6. From PCATTTweet at 11:11 am on October 19, 2012

    If you received a notification about a possible e-book refund, this is what it means. http://t.co/6E0hdqW1