Exactly one year ago today, we told you about the Apple and Amazon legal settlement. Apple and five other publishers made a deal that drove up the prices of Amazon eBooks. The case was settled for $566 million.
All of that money has been dispersed among the customers who purchased the more expensive books. If you bought a Kindle eBook between April 1, 2010, and May 21, 2012, then you should have a credit in your account.
If you haven't already used this credit then you need to hurry. It expires Saturday, June 24, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Hawaiian Standard Time! You don't have to use your credit to buy more eBooks. With the exception of gift cards and certain subscriptions, you can apply it to any Amazon.com purchase.
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How do you know if you qualify?
According to the attorneys, book publishers Penguin, Macmillan, Simon & Shuster, HarperCollins, and Hachette worked out a deal where Apple customers paid less for their eBooks. So if you purchased a book from one of these publishers through Amazon and between the specified timeframe, then you are eligible for the credit.
People who qualify should have received an email about the case about a year ago when the settlement was first announced. If you believe you are entitled to a credit but you never received an email then you can click here and use the Amazon contact information on the left side of the page.
How do I receive the credits and how much will it be?
Qualified consumers will receive a $6.93 credit for each New York Times bestseller and $1.57 for other eBooks. They may not sound like much but if you're an avid reader then it could turn out to be a nice chunk of change.
You don't need to apply for your credits, they should already be in your Amazon account. You might have used them already; it would have shown up in your account history and order summary as a gift card. If you closed your Amazon.com account then you can contact Amazon's customer service to find out about your credit.
Other eBook retailers are issuing credits too, including Apple's own iBooks store, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Sony. As long as you purchased an eBook from the five publishers during the time period, you could qualify for the payout too. Check your email for credits from these retailers.