Amazon, Barnes & Noble to issue settlement credits

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Did you purchase an e-book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble between April 2010 and May 2012? If so, you might be entitled to a refund.

The bookseller heavyweights began issuing credits yesterday as agreed to under an antitrust settlement brought by the publishers HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Penguin and Macmillan. The credits, which in most cases are being deposited directly into customer accounts for future purchases, are dependent upon the number and type of e-books purchased and range from 73 cents to $3.17 for New York Times best-sellers.

In response,

customers have taken to Twitter to brag about their credit amounts (including one user who said that Amazon offered suggestions on how to spend his refund).


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