If you're a regular buyer of Kindle ebooks, you want to go check your email; inside, there might just be a little present from Amazon waiting for you. And by "present" I mean "legally mandated compensation to make up for years of price-fixing." Just like Christmas!

Here's the note going around to Amazon customers this morning. While Amazon initially estimated that the payout—a remedy to publisher collusion that kept ebook prices artificially high—would be up to three bucks, the numbers we're seeing so far have been a bit beefier than that.


You've got a little over a year to figure out how you went to spend your newfound riches, which will undoubtedly go towards a Gold Box deal on bulk toothpaste harlequin novels that you never actually get around to using reading (whoops! Kindle and physical book purchases only).