Barnes and Noble has sent out an email to customers who have purchased eBooks from April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012. The Nations largest bookseller has said that credits will be available in customers accounts within the next few days.
Anyone who has purchased an eBook from Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster will have $3.17 for New York Times Bestsellers and $0.73 for a normal eBook. The credits can be used to purchase any eBook you want for B&N and the credits will be adjusted to the total purchase price. You might not want to wait too long to use the credits, as they expire next April.
Emails were sent out today, but they are staggered, so you might not receive them right away. Generally, it will outline exactly how much credits you can expect to receive. For a list of your book purchases that qualified for a credit, please visit the Title Lookup Page.
The eBook Settlement is the result of an antitrust lawsuit filed by the State Attorneys General and Class Plaintiffs about the price of electronic books (“eBooks”). Settlements were reached with publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin in 2013.
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