Heads up, ebook buyers: Here’s how much you’re likely to get in the Apple ebook settlement


All five publishers who were accused of conspiring with Apple(s aapl) to set ebook prices at the launch of the iBookstore have settled with the federal government and with the states, and until now it has been unclear how much money customers would get from those settlements. On Friday, though, the states released new documentation laying out how much people who made qualifying purchases are likely to receive.

Short answer: If the states’ settlement with the publishers is finalized, customers who bought an ebook from any one of the five settling publishers between April 1, 2010 and May 1, 2012 will be eligible for a refund of up to $3.06 per book. If you’re one of those people, you’ll get that money as a credit to the digital bookstore where you purchased the book.

It’s taken awhile to even get to this “final” — but still preliminary — dollar amount…

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Kobo stops using the Amazon-owned Goodreads API


Maybe this was inevitable since Amazon (s AMZN) acquired book-based social network Goodreads (see disclosure), but Kobo has stopped using the Goodreads API on its website and in its apps, Good E-Reader reports.

That means no more Goodreads ratings and reviews on Kobo book pages. It sounds as if the decision was driven by Kobo, not Goodreads or Amazon: The company’s chief content officer Michael Tamblyn tells Good E-reader that Kobo might re-add the Goodreads API in the future. And back in March when Amazon acquired Goodreads, the companies told me they would leave the Goodreads API open and would not shut off the Kobo feed. (Update: Goodreads confirmed it’s made no changes to its API.)

Nonetheless, the move demonstrates the risk of relying on what is now a competing retailer’s API. At one point, Goodreads actually encountered a similar problem itself: In early 2012, it stopped sourcing its…

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