Amazon was the big winner of the DoJ’s antitrust suit in July and they’re still the big winner today.
Yesterday, Amazon‘s winning streak continued. As part of an antitrust settlement, Amazon customers who bought books from Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin were given a refund of $3.17 per New York Times-bestseller and $0.73 per non-bestseller purchased between April 2010 and May 2012. (Customers in Minnesota received a slightly larger refund, so I’m sure Garrison Keillor loaded up his Kindle with books about jam, or whatever.) Judging from Twitter, it looks like a number of customers used the occasion to go on miniature shopping sprees and, as GigOm‘s Jeff Roberts noted, “Amazon didn’t have to pay a cent.”
Amazon, the undefeated heavyweight champion of late capitalism, will likely notch another victory in the near future, when Apple is forced to pony up its own, much more massive settlement. (This, of course, depends on its appeal of U.S. v. Apple, which is likely to fail.)
As Amazon noted in an email, all affected customers have to do is sit back and start buying ebooks:
“You don’t have to do anything to claim your credit, we have already added your credit to your Amazon account. We will automatically …read more

Via: Melville House Books