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US ebook consumers reimbursed following end of Apple ebook price-fixing case

In the US, consumers are receiving reimbursement credits for previously purchased ebooks following the end of the Apple ebook price-fixing case in March, reports the Bookseller. Customers will receive US$6.93 (A$9.30) credit for every New York Times bestseller and US$1.57 (A$2.11) for every other ebook purchased between 1 April 2010 and 21 May 2012, with retailers Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Apple emailing customers the credits on 21 June. The refunds are part of the US$400m (A$537m) compensation due to customers following settlement of the ebook price fixing case between Apple and the US justice department. Credits can be used for ‘any product or service’ offered by the retailers. Another US$166m (A$223m) was paid to consumers in 2014 by the five publishers accused of collusion: Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster.


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