Penguin and Macmillan Announce E-Book Settlement to Customers

Penguin and Macmillan Announce E-Book Settlement to Customers

Today, Penguin and Macmillan have begun notifying eligible customers that they may receive iTunes credit or a check as part of a legal settlement related to the US Department of Justice’s antitrust lawsuit. Apple, despite being found guilty, has not yet agreed to a settlement in this price-fixing case.

The announcement clarified that only Penguin and Macmillan are involved in this notification, with court approval still pending for their settlements.

Penguin and Macmillan Announce E-Book Settlement to Customers

Previous settlements had been reached with HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Hachette Book Group, with notifications issued in November 2012.

Under the current terms, the settlement offers an estimated $3.06 credit per e-book for titles that were New York Times bestsellers, and $0.73 per e-book for other titles. Residents of Minnesota will receive additional e-book credits from a separate settlement involving the other three publishers.

If the court approves the settlements during the scheduled December 6 hearing, credits will be issued to customers.

Unless there are appeals, these credits are expected to be distributed in 2014, potentially providing a financial boost to many e-book purchasers.


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