Amazon sends out eBook settlement credits, auto adds them to customer accounts

Last December, publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin settled their eBook price fixing suits. This morning, Amazon sent out their credit notifications. Here’s mine. Interesting that the credit is for “some” of my past Kindle book purchases. I’m assuming that’s because not all of my purchases were from the settling publishers.

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eBooks Antitrust Settlement Information

Dear Dave Mark,

Good news! You are entitled to a credit of $xx.xx for some of your past Kindle book purchases. The credit results from legal settlements reached with publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin in antitrust lawsuits filed by State Attorneys General and Class Plaintiffs about the price of eBooks.

You don’t have to do anything to claim your credit, we have already added your credit to your account. We will automatically apply your available credit to your next purchase of a Kindle book or print book sold by, regardless of publisher. The credit applied to your purchase will appear in your order summary. If your account does not reflect this credit, please contact Amazon’s customer service.

For more information about the settlements, please visit

Your credit is valid for one year and will expire after 03/31/2015. If you have not used your credit, we will send you another email 90 days before it expires to remind you that it is still available.

Thanks for being a Kindle customer.

The Amazon Kindle Team

  • CJ

    So for you to receive the proceeds from this settlement, you have to buy more books from Amazon. Amazing how well this suit has benefitted Amazon. Good thing they don’t wield monopoly like power in book selling…

    • Lauren

      A monopoly means that one entity has complete control over the market. But you can buy e-books from other sellers, so it isn’t exactly a monopoly. They’re just the biggest game in town and for a reason. They usually have better prices than anyone else.

      This started because Apple wanted to wrest control of the market from Amazon, and instead of offering competitive prices, they convinced the publishers to change the selling model to one that does more damage to the consumers. We were all better off when Amazon had more control because Amazon had to compete on price like everyone else.

      Yes, the whole business of just getting a credit rather than actual money back is a little obnoxious but they’re not exactly the ONLY villain here. Or even the biggest villain.