Amazon customers: Get your e-book credit - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Amazon customers: Get your e-book credit

Posted: Updated:

(CNN) - Consumers nationwide who bought e-books through Amazon and other online retailers will get credited a total of $166 million stemming from price-fixing settlements with five publishers, according to the New York State attorney general.

"Illegal actions by these publishers forced consumers in New York and across the nation to pay artificially inflated prices for e-books," said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, in a statement.

Schneiderman said the settlements being paid by the publishers apply to consumers in 33 states, with $11.5 million going to customers in New York.

Related: Google Glass gets a makeover

Schneiderman said the settlement is with Simon & Schuster Inc. of CBS (CBS, Fortune 500), HarperCollins Publishers LLC of News Corp. (NWS), Hachette Book Group, Macmillan and Penguin Group of Pearson (PSO).

The settlement applies to consumers who bought the e-books through retailers Amazon(AMZN, Fortune 500) and Kobo with devices made by Amazon, Apple (AAPL,Fortune 500) and Sony (SNE). Consumers who bought e-books for Barnes and Noble(BKS, Fortune 500)'s Nook tablet are also eligible.

Amazon is sending e-mails to its e-book consumers announcing, "Good news! You are entitled to a credit of $xx.xx for some of your past Kindle book purchases."

The online retailer says the credit applies to books sold between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012, and expire on March 31, 2015. For most of the states, the payment is $3.17 for New York Times bestsellers and 73 cents for other books; Minnesota residents get $3.93 for Times bestsellers and 94 cents for other books.

Related: Federal judge rules against Apple in price-fixing case

As for Apple, a federal judge in New York ruled that it engaged in a conspiracy with the publishers to artificially inflate the prices of e-books. Apple is appealing the ruling.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • East Texas mother's bond set at $2 million dollars in daughter's death

    East Texas mother's bond set at $2 million dollars in daughter's death

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:30 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:30:22 GMT
    UPDATE: An East Texas mother's bond is now set at $2 million dollars. Stacie Marie Parsons was arraigned in the Henderson Co. jail this morning. She is charged with the capital murder of her 4 year old daughter.More >>
    UPDATE: An East Texas mother's bond is now set at $2 million dollars. Stacie Marie Parsons was arraigned in the Henderson Co. jail this morning. She is charged with the capital murder of her 4 year old daughter.More >>
  • ‘Operation Coyote’ targets human smuggling networks

    ‘Operation Coyote’ targets human smuggling networks

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:43:13 GMT
    photo: (ICE)photo: (ICE)
    WASHINGTON (KYTX) — In a news conference Tuesday, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, joined by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol and U.S. Deputy Attorney General announced the progress of ongoing enforcement efforts by ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Department of Justice to target human smuggling networks in the Rio Grande Valley.More >>
    WASHINGTON (KYTX) — In a news conference Tuesday, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, joined by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol and U.S. Deputy Attorney General announced the progress of ongoing enforcement efforts by ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Department of Justice to target human smuggling networks in the Rio Grande Valley.More >>
  • Yantis man indicted after admitting to having sex with 12-year-old girl on school playground

    Yantis man indicted after admitting to having sex with 12-year-old girl on school playground

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:05 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:05:14 GMT
    photo: Wood Co. Jailphoto: Wood Co. Jail
    QUITMAN (KYTX) – A Wood County Grand jury has indicted a Yantis man on child sex abuse charges.More >>
    QUITMAN (KYTX) – A Wood County Grand jury has indicted a Yantis man on child sex abuse charges.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.