Could you receive part of $69M payment to e-book consumers?


Above, the Kindle 3 e-reader. Consumers who purchased e-books in the past few years might be eligible for a refund if anti-trust settlements are approved. (Associated Press photo)

If you’ve bought an e-book in the past couple of years, you could have some money coming your way. An anti-trust lawsuit was filed in April claiming a conspiracy among publishers to fix and raise the retail prices of e-books.

In short, you might have paid too much for that electronic copy of “Fifty Shades.”

Three publishers — Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster — have agreed to settle, with terms given preliminary approval by the court. And those settlements include approximately $69 million for consumers who purchased e-books at the alleged inflated or fixed prices.

Consumers impacted by these settlements have been sent email notices or postcards from the e-book retailers where they purchased their electronic books or from the national settlement administrator, according to a press release sent out by the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General.

Attorney General Linda Kelly said that anyone who believes they are covered by these settlements but has not received a notification postcard or email message should visit the official e-book settlement website at or callĀ 1-866-621-4153. All claim forms must be filed online or postmarked by Dec. 12, 2012.

The court is expected to finalize its approval of the settlement terms on Feb. 8, 2013.

About Sarah Chain

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