Earlier this week Amazon began letting customers know they if they were elegible for a share of the $69M State Attorney settlements with Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon and Schuster. Today, Apple started notifying iBooks customers who bought an iBook from April 1st 2010 to May 21st 2012 of the same payout.
The payout will be dispersed as Kindle/iBooks credit or customers can call a number and request a check sent to them in February.
Notably, if you purchased the Steve Jobs E-book bio from Simon and Schuster on iBooks or Amazon you should receive this notice.
To be clear, this is separate from the Federal price-fixing case surrounding Apple and some publishers. Barnes and Noble and other E-book distributors are likely doing the same thing. The Amazon version is below:
Dear Kindle Customer,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 Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com 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.
The Amazon Kindle Team