eBook Settlement Guide

You may have received a credit as a result of the recent eBook settlement. This credit was available for activation from March 25th, 2014 through March 31st, 2015. eBook settlement credits are no longer available.

For more information you can visit our FAQ page or go to the Attorneys General Settlement page.

What You Need To Know

(This Settlement is no longer active and eBook settlement credits are no longer available.)

What Led to This Settlement?
There was an antitrust lawsuit between five publishers and the State Attorneys General. As part of the settlement, some NOOK customers are eligible for a credit.

How Do I Know if I'm Getting a Credit?
If you're eligible, you should have received an email telling you how much you can expect to receive.

Where Can I Find More Information?
You can visit our FAQ page or the States Attorney General's site, EbookAGSettlement.com.

More Details
The eBook Settlement is the result of an antitrust lawsuit filed by the State Attorneys General and Class Plaintiffs about the price of electronic books ("eBooks"). Settlements were reached with publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin in 2013. A separate settlement was also reached with the Minnesota State Attorneys General at that time.

Credits are based on the type of book you purchased. New York Times bestsellers were valued differently than other books. New York Times bestsellers are defined by the State Attorneys General as print books on the New York Times bestsellers lists for adult fiction, non-fiction and advice, from April 1, 2010 through May 21, 2012.

If you are eligible for a credit, the credit will be automatically loaded into your Barnes & Noble account.

Credits will be dispersed over the course of three days, beginning on 3/25/14. You can use the credit to buy eBooks and print books online at BN.com or at Barnes & Noble stores.

Please note that making a purchase in store, on device, or online activates your Settlement credit. If the credit is not used to make a purchase within one year, your entire credit will expire. However, if you make a purchase that only uses part of your credit, the remainder of the credit will have no expiration date.

To learn more the eBook settlement credit, please visit our FAQ Page.