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Beth W



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:32 am    Post subject: e-book publisher's settlement - Kindle credit! Reply with quote

Just got this email:
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:
www.amazon.com/help/agencyebooksettlements

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.

(The email went on with more details).

Whoo hooo! more books!
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Linda in sw va



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got this too, love it!

Linda
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library addict



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buyers will also receive credit or a check from books purchased at other vendors. (Unless you live in Minnesota, their AG wasn't part of the settlement)

Purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo or Apple = automatic credit.

Purchased through Sony, will receive a check.

Purchased through Google, you will need to file a claim form and the settlement id number that will be emailed to you.

For any other retailer, you must fill out a form and provide proof of purchase.

Not sure when the form will be available to fill out. I purchased a number of agency books from All Romance eBooks.

(info via Dear Author)

I really wish Penguin would settle. I bought a ton of books of theirs and would get a bigger chunk of change Laughing
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jaime



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smile I got the same email today too.
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Rosie



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Huh. I haven't received that email and goodness knows I've bought dozens of books on Amazon from those publishers in that time frame.
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Linda in sw va



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got another email today, this one in regards to Sony, to receive any settlement from them you have to file a claim and they give you an online link to do so, very little information was required so it was easy.

For B&N and Amazon you don't need to file the claim to receive a settlement award, they will just let you know when it's been credited to your account.

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brwneyedbeauty



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I received a similar email today:

Benefits from an Attorney General E-books Settlement Fund


Records indicate that you are eligible for a payment from Settlements reached by the State Attorneys General with electronic book publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster. The Settlements resolve an antitrust lawsuit about the price of electronic books. Apple Inc. (“Apple”) has not been sued in this case. It is assisting in providing this notice as a service to its customers.

What the Settlements Provide

The Settlements create a $69 million fund for payments to consumers who purchased qualifying electronic books from April 1, 2010 through May 21, 2012. If the Court approves the Settlements, eligible consumers like you will receive credits to your iTunes account. The credit can be used on any purchases of electronic books. The amount of your payment has been determined based on the qualifying electronic book purchases identified by Apple in your iTunes account.

How to Receive your Benefit

Because you are pre-qualified, you do not need to do anything at this time to receive your credit. If the Court approves the Settlements, you will receive another email letting you know how to activate your credit. Once you activate the credit, it will be applied to your account by Apple. (If you bought electronic books from more than one retailer, you may receive notices with different instructions about whether you will receive a credit or need to file a Claim Form for that retailer. You will have a separate claim for each retailer and you should follow the specific instructions from each one.)

You also have the option to receive a check instead of your credit.

Your Other Rights

You can choose to exclude yourself from the Settlements and keep your right to sue on your own. If you exclude yourself, you can't receive any benefits from the Settlements. If you don't exclude yourself, you can submit objections about the Settlements.

Your written Exclusion Form or objections must be postmarked by December 12, 2012. Please visit the Settlement website for detailed information on how to submit a valid Exclusion Form or objection.

A separate lawsuit against two other publishers and Apple continues and is set for a trial in 2013. Apple denies the allegations in that lawsuit. Your rights in the separate suit are not affected by any action you take in regards to these Settlements.

The Court will hold a hearing on February 8, 2013 at 10 a.m. to consider whether to approve the Settlements. You or your own lawyer may ask to appear and speak at the hearing.


I don't remember buying anything from Itunes, other than music. I did, however purchase books from B&N fro my nook. Has anyone gotten emails from B&N?
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Mark



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got a notice from Google Books, where I only bought one ebook because they didn't actually offer a downloadable copy.
I got a notice from Kobo, where I didn't think I had bought any Agency ebooks because I mainly buy there when I can use discount codes.
I'm still waiting for a notice from Sony, where I have bought hundreds of Agency ebooks.
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Marilyn.K



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got the email letter from Amazon, too, and I gotta say I felt (and still do) a sweet, sweet sense of satisfaction. I got my Kindle in July 2010, right after the Agency Pricing was introduced. I felt then that it was price fixing plain and simple despite some laborious arguments to the contrary. This is one of the few times the government and I are in agreement. I have no idea how many pennies on the dollar I may be credited with; it's just the sense of justice that makes me and many others like me feel satisfied.
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library addict



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I received emails from Sony and Kobo yesterday.

The settlement's website includes Penguin and Macmillan even though those publishers are listed as “Non-Settling.” I called them today to verify and was told, yes, to include books I purchased from Penguin and MacMillan on the detailed claim forms I am filing from retailers other than Kobo and Sony (or Amazon, Google, Apple and Barnes & Noble).

Also, I asked about Borders and was told the agency digital books purchased from Borders that were transferred to Kobo before they closed will be included provided they are now listed in my Kobo library.

Since I purchased ebooks from multiple retailers other than Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google, Kobo or Sony, I can do multiple claim forms (one for each retailer) since there is only space for one retailer name. I will need to fill out the detailed claim forms for Penguin.com and All Romance eBooks as an example.
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Judyblueeyes



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So excited: Right is right, and sometimes things do work as they should.
Thinking about making a list of books to buy with my 5 cent refund. Embarassed I could be wrong maybe it will add up to a buck, no matter I will be happy to see the credit and happy to see it go back in their pocket.
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Rosie



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone ever heard anything else about this? February came and went.

Thanks in advance.
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Tinabelle



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rosie wrote:
Has anyone ever heard anything else about this? February came and went.

Thanks in advance.


Good question. I was just wondering about this myself. Haven't heard anything from Amazon about a Kindle credit since their initial email last fall.

I am also wondering why some Kindle book prices on Amazon are still being dictated by the publisher, such as Penquin and Random House. I thought they lost their suit, too. Hmmm...
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Mark



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Several months ago, this was the status of the Agency 5 (listing many imprints):

Settling:

Hachette Book Group
Imprints and Divisions
Grand Central Publishing Division
Business Plus
Forever
Forever Yours
Grand Central Publishing
Grand Central Life & Style
Twelve
Vision
5 Spot
Little, Brown and Company Division
Back Bay Books
Little, Brown and Company
Mulholland Books
Reagan Arthur Books
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Division
Little, Brown Book for Young Readers
LB Kids
Megan Tingley Books
Poppy
Hachette Nashville Division
Center Street
FaithWords
Orbit Division
Orbit Books
Yen Press

HarperCollins
Imprints and Divisions
Amistad
Avon
Avon Impulse
Avon Inspire
Avon Red
Avon & Tempest
Balzer + Bray
Broadside e]books
CollinsReference
Ecco
Eos
Greenwillow Books
Harper
Harper Design
Harper Paperbacks
Harper Voyager
HarperBusiness
HarperCollins
HarperCollins Children's Books
HarperFestival
HarperKidsEntertainment
HarperOne
HarperPerennial
HarperPerennial Modern Classics
HarperTempest
HarperTorch
HarperTrophy
Igniter
It Books
Joanna Cotler Books
Julie Andrews Collection
Katherine Tegen Books
Laura Geringer Books
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books
Morrow Junior Books
Mulberry Books
Newmarket Press
Perfect Bound
Tempest
Vida
Walden Pond Press
William Morrow
Zonderkidz
Zondervan

Simon Schuster
Imprints Division
Aladdin
Atheneum Books
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Atria Books
Beach Lane Books
Beyond Words
Downtown Press
Fireside
Folger Shakespeare Library
Free Press
Gallery Books
Howard Books
Juno Books
Karen Hunter Publishing
Libros En Espanol
Libros Para Ninos
Little Simon
Little Simon Inspirations
Margaret K. McElderry
MTV Books
Paraview Pocket
Paula Wiseman Books
Pocket Books
Pocket Star
Rabbit Ears
Scribner
Scribner Classics
Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group, (Division)
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Simon & Schuster Inc.
Simon & Schuster Trade Paperbacks
Simon Pulse
Simon Spotlight
Star Trek
Strebor Books
Threshold Editions
Touchstone
VH-1 Books
Wall Street Journal Books
Washington Square Press
World Wrestling Entertainment



Non-settling:

Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Imprints and Divisions
Ace Books
Alpha Books
Amy Einhorn Books
Appleton-Century-Croft
Avery Publishing
Base & Hopkins
Berkley Publishing Group
Blue Hen
Blue Rider Press
Boulevard
Brewer, Barse and Company
Caliber
Capricon
Celebra
Celebra Children's Books
Chamberlain Bros.
Charter Communications, Inc.
Cobblehill
Covici-Friede
Coward-McCann
Cupples & Leon
Current
Dial Children's Books
Dial Easy-to-Read
Dodd, Mead
Donald Fine
Donald I. Fine
Duell-Sloan-Pierce
Dutton
Dutton Children's
Dutton Studio
Eclipse
Elisabeth Sifton Books
EP Dutton
Fast Rolling
Firebird
First Express Paperbacks
G. Putnam Broadway
G.P. Putnam
Gotham Books
Grosset & Dunlap
Grossman
Hawthorn
Heat
Home
HP Books
Hudson Street Press
Jove
Ladybird
Lewis Publishing Co.
Lion Books
Lodestar
Magic Touch
Magnetix
McCall's
Mentor
Meredith
Minedition
Minton, Balch and Company
Modern Age
NAL
Nancy Paulsen Books
New American Library
Obelisk
Obsidian
Onyx
Orion
Pacer
Pamela Dorman Books
Paperstar
Paragraphic Books
Penguin
Penguin Audiobooks
Penguin Classics
Penguin Press
Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers
Perfect Image
Perigee Books
Philomel
Phyllis Fogelman Books
Picture Puffin
Pied Piper
Pillow Pal
Planet Dexter
Platt & Munk
Playvalue Books
Plume
Portfolio
Powerhouse Productions
Prentice Hall
Prestomagix
Price Stern & Sloan
Prime Crime
Puffin
Putnam
Putnam Berkley
Putnam's Monthly Magazine
Pyramid Books
Razorbill
Red Circle Books
Richard Seaver Books
Riverhead Books
Riverhead Books
ROC
ROC
Sandpiper Books
Saturday Review Press
Seafarer
Select Publications
Sensation
Sentinel
Signet
Sleuth
Speak
Splashtime Books
Stephen Greene
Stick n' Lift
Studio
Tarcher Books
Topaz
Truman Talley Books
Two Hearts
Unicorn
Vendome
Viking Children's Books
Viking Compass
Viking Critical Library
Viking Kestrel
Viking Penguin
Viking Portable Library
Viking Press
Viking Studio Books
W. B. Heubsch & Co.
Wee Books for Wee Folks
William Abrahams Books
Windhover
World
Zodiac Club

Macmillan
Imprint List
Farrar
Straus & Giroux
Henry Holt
Picador
Tor Books
Roaring Brook Press
St. Martin's Press

Based on the many ebooks that I still see with fixed prices, I don't think either of the last two have settled. At the time I looked last fall, the trial for the non-settling publishers wasn't expected until well into 2013.
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Rosie



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Macmillan books are now being discounted at Amazon. It just started this week. I noticed a lot of price drops on ereaderiq.com.

Penguin and Random House appear to be the only ebooks on the market right now where retailers still can't adjust prices.

The emails sent out last fall got customers excited about potentially getting some money back. But 7 months later, it hasn't happened and we apparently still don't know when that'll happen.
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