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Eligibility for Payment in E-book Settlement

To U.S. E-book Purchasers (Residents of Minnesota are NOT Eligible):

Pay attention to your e-mail to see if you receive a letter or a postcard in the mail about a recent settlement regarding E-book pricing. (I got an e-mail from Kobo today, and Amazon announced it on the news earlier.)

If you purchased an E-book between April 1, 2010 and May 12, 2012, you may be entitled to a payment from a $69 million settlement fund.

The lawsuit claims there was conspiracy among three of the nation’s top publishers and others to fix and raise retail prices of E-books.

Settling publishers are Hachette Book Group, Inc.; HarperCollins Publishers LLC; as well as Simon & Schuster, Inc. and Simon & Schuster Digital Sales, Inc.

Non-settling publishers are Penguin Group (USA) Inc., as well as Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC, also known as Macmillan.

All claim forms must be submitted by December 12, 2012. The final approval hearing will be held February 8, 2013.

*Amazon: You will receive credit to your account automatically unless you change your payment option to request a check.

*Apple, Barnes & Nobles or Kobo: You will be required to activate your account unless you change your payment option to request a check.

*Google, Sony or other retailers: You will be required to fill out a claim form in order to receive a check.

For more information about the settlement, visit the official website.

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