Amazon Planning Rebate for E-book Purchases

Amazon has announced rebates for many e-books purchased in the past two years. This is all a result of the recent suite by the Department of Justice.

As you probably know, three of the country’s largest publishers, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers and Simon & Schuster, have agreed to the settlement of a suite by the Department of Justice. While Pearson, Macmillan, and Apple are still fighting the suite, this settlement will allow prices of many e-books to be lowered. This is happening very quickly. Since the settlement still needs to be officially approved at a hearing on February 8, 2013, I was a bit surprised to have recently received this letter from Amazon. The letter is below.

In a nutshell, if you purchased e-books for the Kindle between April 2010 and May 2012, you can expect a credit in the range of $0.30 to $1.32 for each eligible purchase. Don’t worry if your junk mail filter ate the Amazon email, Amazon says that that the credit will automatically appear in your account. As you will see in this letter, you can also request payment by check.

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 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 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


1 Comment

Mark Cheeks 13-08-2014, 17:20

Between me and my husband we’ve owned more MP3 players over the years than I can count, including Sansas, iRivers, iPods (classic & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few years I’ve settled down to one line of players. Why? Because I was happy to discover how well-designed and fun to use the underappreciated (and widely mocked) Zunes are.

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