Apple, Amazon Begin Paying Out Court-Ordered eBook Credits

Did you purchase a Kindle eBook published by Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin or Macmillan between April 1, 2010, and May 21, 2012?

Well then, you might want to check your Amazon account, because it might have some extra money in it.

No, Amazon didn’t just decide to give a whole bunch of customers an early Christmas present; the money comes from Apple as part of a settlement of a series of anti-trust lawsuits brought by various state attorneys general.

Apple provided funds for the settlement, which Amazon — who was not part of the anti-trust lawsuit — began distributing to eligible customers in June.

As part of the settlement, Amazon customers will receive a $1.57 credit for any eligible eBook, but those who purchased a book on the New York Times bestseller list during that time frame will be credited $6.93, according to Mashable.

Any unused credits will expire by June 24, 2017, and can be applied to any Amazon purchases other than Amazon gift cards or certain subscriptions.

For more information about the Amazon credits, go here. For more info about the eBook anti-trust suit, visit

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