Amazon Might Owe You Money Today

An antitrust settlement means the company will shell out $166 million in credits to customers. On Twitter, it’s already turned into a bragging contest.

Be sure to check your inbox today, as you may have some free money waiting for you. If you do, it’ll look something like this:

This morning, Amazon is issuing its customers credits as part of an antitrust settlement coming on the heels of price-fixing allegations. The payout is based on the number of books purchased during the disputed time period (April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012) and will come out of a pool of $166 million that was collected from the publishers HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Penguin, and Macmillan. Amazon is automatically adding 73 cents per e-book purchased (and $3.17 for New York Times best-sellers) to customers’ accounts.

Because the credit amount is tied to the total number of books purchased, Twitter users are sharing their compensation as a way of bragging about how much they read:

I just got a credit of $76.55 from the ebook anti-trust settlement. Guess I buy a lot of books, huh?

— Susana Ellis (@susanaauthor)

@DarleneMarshall I know I buy a lot of books when my part of the Amazon settlement is over $150. Thx for the follow! Happy Tuesday. :-)

— Mandy (Màndaidh) (@rtidwell730)

@LizzinDC I am a little chagrined; given the amount they gave me, I guess I buy a lot of books. :/

— Glam Wizard (@YarnGeek)

What does it say about my book addiction that I got a $48 credit from the Amazon antitrust settlement?

— WhitMc (@theWhitMc)

Seeing other people saying they got $7, $5 from Amazon for the ebook antitrust settlement. I got um $32. Yay?

— Jen W (@RussianCatsJen)

Aaaaand I know I'm a sucker for ebooks because my @amazon antitrust settlement claim was significantly higher than all my coworkers

— gina gatto (@ginacatto)

free money from Amazon today. It literally pays to read.

— Joshua Jansen (@joshjansen)

Amazon, of course, has a few ideas about how you should spend your newfound cash…

$11.45 credit from the eBook antitrust case for me and Amazon thoughtfully put ads on how I could spend it in the settlement email.

— Sean West (@SeanW)

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Charlie Warzel is a senior writer for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Warzel reports on and writes about the intersection of tech and culture.
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