Amazon Settlement Emails Mean Books!


Once again, I’m veering from the typical book post to the general subject of reading, and this time, by reading, I mean a class action suit settlement you don’t have to do anything to collect. The proceeds from the antitrust lawsuit Amazon filed against the major publishers for ebook price-fixing are now sitting in your Amazon account.

Well, your share of them, anyway. How much that will be depends on the books you bought in the past, and whether you bought them from major publishers. My chunk isn’t much of a chunk, it’s a chunklet, but it will buy me at least one indie book or half of a traditionally published one.

Look out for the e-mail from Amazon, it will tell you exactly how much you have to spend. You get a year, according to the e-mail, but I suspect, readers that we are, no one’s money will sit there for long.

Interestingly, this is the first time I’ve ever seen an actual dime or benefit from a class action where I’ve been included in the class, and I’d say Amazon handled it pretty brilliantly. Not only because we actually get money to spend, but because we have to spend it at Amazon (unless you opted out months ago) and odds are, we’ll spend more than the settlement amount.


At Amazon, the Book Buys You


OK, that’s not entirely accurate. Or remotely accurate, but I couldn’t resist the joke.

Normally, about now I’d be telling you about a book you can buy from Amazon, but today I figured I’d flip that. I don’t know if you know, but Amazon will buy your books as well. It’s like a big, natural circle of reading. Amazon pays for shipping, so it won’t cost you anything. Current best-sellers are probably your best bet, but at least that takes some of the guilt out of buying a full-priced new book.

And it’s not just for books, either. You can trade in movies, video games and other things, and get an Amazon gift card in exchange. When I logged in, it even told me what some things I’d bought from Amazon were worth, which is nice to know, not that I’m parting with my Zumba World Party, which is the most fun game ever, but I digress.

So you can use books to feed your reading habit. It’s beautiful, in a way.

Anyway, thus concludes this public service announcement.