Amazon Kindle owners may soon receive a refund on eBook purchases depending on the outcome of a court ruling. Prices on eBooks may drop as well, which would be welcome news for any Kindle owner. Apple and five publishers are accused of fixing eBook prices to combat Amazon's dominance, and if a judge approves the settlement, Kindle owners can get a refund between 30 cents and $1.32 for eBooks purchased between April 2010 and May 2012 by three of the publishers. The three that are settling are: News Corp's HarperCollins Publishers Inc, CBS Corp's Simon & Schuster Inc, and Lagardere SCA's Hachette Book Group.
Those three publishers have denied any wrongdoing, but agreed to settle in order to avoid a lengthy court trial. If the refunds come in, the money will be applied directly to Kindle owners' Amazon accounts. The refunds can then be used to buy eBooks or print ones, or even request a check for the dollar amount. Every little bit certainly helps, especially if those three publishers made up the majority of your eBook purchases.