Agency Model Settlement – Money in Your Pocket
But don’t spend it yet.
If you purchased Kindle books from publishers Hachette, Harper Collins, or Simon & Schuster between April 2010 and May 2012, you may be eligible for a refund as part of the legal settlements between several major e-book publishers and the Attorneys General of most U.S. states.
Sorry, Minnesota residents, your Attorney General didn’t join the suit. (I’d vote him/her out of office.)
Readers will receive an Amazon credit or a refund if and when the settlement plan is approved in the court in February 2013. If you are eligible for a refund, you should have already received an e-mail from Amazon. Read more about the credit here.
This was the best sentence in the e-mail I received:
In addition to the account credit, the settlements impose limitations on the publishers’ ability to set e-book prices. We think these settlements are a big win for customers and look forward to lowering prices on more Kindle books in the future.
Serials Arriving on Schedule
If you purchased one of the new Kindle Serials that we featured in this Housekeeping post two weeks ago, you may have already received the update e-mail that states the following:
A new Kindle Serials episode is available for Oliver Twist (Kindle Serial) and it has been delivered to your Kindle for free. You can start reading from where you left off – the new episode has been automatically added to the end of the book, preserving your place in the book and any notes and highlights. If you have your Kindle device’s wireless turned off, please turn it on so that you will receive the new episode.
Admission time: I haven’t read one word of this serial yet, but I do appreciate that the capability to save my place, notes and highlights if I ever do use the features on a serial purchase.
Someone isn’t happy. And it’s me.
My Kindle Paperwhite is now scheduled to ship a week later than originally stated. Though disappointed, this isn’t the end of the world. I’ve told myself that the engineers are solving the ghosting problem and the Paperwhite that is delivered to my door will be perfect.
Have any of you received this polite message from Amazon?
We’re writing about the order you placed on XXX, 2012. Unfortunately, we are unable to ship the item(s) as soon as we expected and need to provide you with a new estimate of when the item(s) may be delivered:
“Kindle Paperwhite 3G, 6″ High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Free 3G + Wi-Fi”
New Delivery Estimate: October 25, 2012
We will make every effort to get the delayed item(s) to you as soon as possible.
Amazon better or there’s going to have to be some ‘splaining to me.
Scary Cheap Reads
999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense ($1.99) Award-winning writer and editor Al Sarrantonio gathers together twenty-nine original stories from masters of the macabre. From dark fantasy and pure suspense to classic horror tales of vampires and zombies, 999 showcases the extraordinary scope of fantastical fright fiction. (692 pages)
Cemetery Stories ($1.99) Admit it: You’re fascinated by cemeteries. We all die, and for most of us, a cemetery is our final resting place. But how many people really know what goes on inside, around, and beyond them?