Read ebooks? You may be about to receive a payment from Apple

apple ebook settlement ibooks ios
Buy an ebook from Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Kobo between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012?

In that case, a credit or check could be on its way to you soon. Apple’s payout to U.S. customers marks the final stage of the long-running ebook price-fixing dispute that ultimately forced the tech giant into a $450 million settlement.

Starting June 21, millions of ebook buyers will begin receiving payments in the form of credits and checks for losses incurred as a result of an alleged price-fixing scheme involving Apple and a number of publishers, namely Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, and Simon and Schuster.

If you’re one of the affected customers, you can expect to receive a $6.93 credit for every ebook you bought that was listed as a New York Times bestseller, and a $1.57 credit for all other ebooks.

Attorneys are describing the refund process as “uniquely simple,” with payouts sent automatically to consumers’ accounts at major ebook retailers, including Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

Recipients can also expect to receive an email direct from the relevant retailer informing them that their account has been credited.

So who’ll receive a check and who’ll get a credit? According to law firm Hagens Berman, who litigated the case with the Department of Justice, “If ebook purchasers requested a check in lieu of a credit, they will receive a check. If purchasers received a credit during the first round of distribution of publisher settlements, and they did not opt out, they will automatically receive a credit.”

Hagens Berman described the settlement, which sees $400 million shared between affected customers, as “one of the most successful recovery of damages in any antitrust lawsuit in the country.”

As for the remaining $50 million, $30 million will go toward covering legal fees and $20 million will be shared among the 33 states involved in the lawsuit.

Apple was first accused of fixing ebook prices back in 2010, with the class-action suit that led to this month’s payout launching two years later.

The plaintiffs alleged that Apple illegally colluded with publishing companies to control the ebook market by artificially raising the price of ebooks, lowering competition, and charging consumers higher prices.

While the publishers settled several years ago, Apple continued to fight the suit until March when its final appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court.

Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix right now (June 2019)

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Computing

Mac Pro vs. iMac Pro: Apple's incredibly powerful beasts square off

Apple’s Mac Pro and iMac Pro are both incredibly powerful machines, but there are some key differences between them. Which one is best, and which one should you buy? Our guide lays it out.
Health & Fitness

Stop waking up groggy every morning. Snooze smarter with the best sleep gadgets

Do you snore? Toss and turn? Alternate between extremely hot and extremely cold body temperatures at night? A deluge of smart sleep technology on the market aims to help you get a better night of shut-eye.
Music

Apple Music vs. Spotify: Which service is the streaming king?

Apple Music is giving Spotify a run for its money, but which service is best for you? In our Apple Music vs. Spotify showdown, we compare and contrast all we know about the two streaming music services.
Photography

Tapped out? Edit faster with 5 gesture shortcuts in Lightroom CC on mobile

Missing those keyboard shortcuts when photo editing on a smartphone or iPad? Lightroom has a handful of gesture-based controls that can help fill the gaps, if you know where to find them.
Mobile

Learn how to create a 360-degree panorama with your phone and Google Street View

Google Street View encourages you to explore the great outdoors, including landmarks, natural wonders, and even your own neighborhood. Learn how to create 360-degree imagery using your smartphone camera to add locations to Google Maps.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Plant-based shoes and a ukulele learning aid

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Mobile

Put down the controller and pick up the best phones for gaming on the go

Which phones are the best if all you want to do is play some mobile games? We've done the hard work and put together a list of the best gaming phones on Android and iOS, so you can keep playing and winning.
Mobile

Israeli company claims it can unlock any iPhone up to iOS 12.3 for police

Israel-based forensics firm Cellebrite claimed that its UFED Premium service can unlock any iPhone. The device will be sold as an on-premises tool, which means that the police will be able to use it any way they want.
Cars

Uber drivers reportedly triggering higher fares through Surge Club

Uber drivers are reportedly participating in a so-called Surge Club to artificially trigger higher fares. Many drivers said that they do not want to join the shady practice, but they are forced to do so due to pay cuts.
Mobile

American Airlines expands its fast in-flight Wi-Fi, but it will still cost you

American Airlines has completed the installation of satellite-based in-flight Wi-Fi for the whole of its mainline narrowbody fleet comprising more than 700 planes, mainly on its domestic routes. But the service still costs.
Mobile

Global Honor 20 launch marred by fear, as Huawei gets squeezed by U.S. ban

The launch of the Honor 20 series may be the first new device range to be seriously hit by Huawei’s presence on the Entity List. Huawei executives reportedly fear sales will be poor, which may force it to cut off shipments.
Mobile

Huawei Mate 30 Pro render shows 2019 really is all about weird camera arrays

The Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro may join the Mate X folding phone as the company's star products for late 2019. This is what we know about the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro so far.
Mobile

How to turn on Now Playing and see music history on your Google Pixel

The new Now Playing feature is perfect for if you often hear songs you like but don't know the name of. The feature essentially shows songs playing around you on the Pixel lock screen. Here's how to turn on Now Playing on your Pixel.