Amazon announces payouts for e-book price fixing settlement

kindle-matchbook1If there’s one big winner in the ongoing e-book antitrust mess, it’s Amazon and their customers.

According to an email sent out by Amazon over the weekend, customers stand to receive between “$0.73 and $3.06″ for each e-book covered by the settlement that they purchased. It’s unclear what will determine the payout rate per book, though, and there doesn’t seem to be any way to estimate a settlement check before things get sent out.

If you’re one of the people affected by the settlement, Amazon will automatically credit your account, though the credit will only be usable for e-book purchases through the Kindle store. The credits will only be available for a year after they’re issued, so If you’d rather get a check, you have to request one before October 21.

Even though the notifications went out this weekend, people benefiting from the settlement still have a while to wait. Before you get your free e-book dough, a judge will have to approve the settlement on December 6. Barring any appeals, the credits will start flowing after that.

If you have any other questions about the settlement, Amazon has set up a FAQ here.