e-book buyers to get 25 cents to $1.32 per book in Apple price-fixing case
#SuryaRay #Surya Consumers outside of Minnesota will be reimbursed at least 25 cents for every e-book purchase they made from large publishers between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012.
The news come from court filings that offer fresh details about a sweeping settlement between state governments and three publishers over an alleged conspiracy with Apple to fix the price of e-books.
As my colleague, Laura Owen, reported last night, Simon & Schuster, Hachette and HarperCollins will pay a total of $69 million to consumers. Here are some fresh details based on today’s filings:
* Consumers will receive $1.32 for each New York Times bestseller they bought
* They will receive 32 cents if a book was not on the NYT bestseller list but was in its first year of publication, and 25 cents if it was an older backlist book
* Most consumers will get the reimbursement in the form of a credit to their Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo or Apple account unless they state they prefer a check
* Those who bought e-books through Google and Sony will get a check
* Any money left over will go to literacy related charities
If a court approves the deal, the publishers will put aside money into a dedicated consumer account within 30 days and begin notifying customers by email and through Google ads and Facebook.
The publishers will also put aside $7.6 million to compensate the states’ for investigation and attorneys’ costs and an additional $750,000 each to pay for the notification process.
Consumers of every state and five territories are eligible except Minnesota where the state AG has opted out of the deal (we’ve reached out to Minnesota for comment and will update when we hear back).
Even though only three of the five accused publishers are part of the deal, publishers who bought an e-book from any one of the five will be compensated. The office of Connecticut’s attorney general said by email that this is because any conspirator is responsible for the actions of a co-conspirator.
The states are continuing a related lawsuit against Apple and the two hold-out publishers, Penguin and Macmillan. If they prevail, according to the memo below, more money could be forthcoming to consumers.
Here’s the memo with key parts underlined: