Attorney General George Jepsen today announced that a settlement with electronic book publishers will provide some Connecticut consumers with refunds for e-books purchased on tablet computers and other reading devices.

The $69 million settlement was reached with e-book publishers Hachette Book Group, HaperCollins Publishers, and Simon and Schuster. An antitrust lawsuit was filed by Attorneys General in 49 states as well as Washington DC and 5 US territories alleging the publishers (along with the Penguin Group and Macmillan) conspired to fix prices of electronic books. The settling publishers deny wrongdoing, and the litigation is continuing against Penguin, Macmillan, and Apple Inc.

Connecticut consumers who purchased e-books from Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon and Schuster between April 1, 2010 through May 21, 2012 are eligible. An email from will be sent to consumers notifying them of their eligibility for a share of the settlement money.  Some e-book sellers, like Apple, Sony, and Barnes and Noble will require customers to activate their credits after receiving a notification. will provide credits automatically. Those credits will come in the form of store credit, but checks can also be requested.

The settlement’s website says that the exact refunds have not yet been determined but will be approximately $1.32 per book for New York Times bestsellers, and 30 cents per book for others.

“This settlement helps consumers who were overcharged get back some money for their past purchases and to ensure competitive eBook prices in possible future purchases,” Jepsen said in a press release.

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Lon Seidman is the host and producer of “Lon.TV,” a consumer technology video show that is on a number of platforms including YouTube and Amazon. He creates in-depth, consumer-friendly product reviews and commentary. His YouTube channel has over 300,000 subscribers and more than 100 million views.

In addition to being a full-time content creator, Lon is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford (his alma mater) where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial content creation.

Prior to becoming a full-time creator, Lon was a partner at The Safety Zone, his family’s business that manufactures gloves and safety equipment. The company has locations around the globe and employs over 200 people worldwide. The Safety Zone was acquired by the Genuine Parts Corporation in 2016.

Lon is also active in public service, serving as the Chairman of the Essex Board of Education, a member of the Region 4 Board of Education, and as the Secretary / Treasurer of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He was endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans for his re-election in 2021.

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