The launch of Kindle Direct Publishing’s Kindle Direct imprint has been delayed for more than a month as the imprint seeks to meet demand from its new publishers.
In an email to members of the press, Penguin Publishing Group said: “It is with deep regret that we are announcing today that the Kindle Direct publishing program has been temporarily suspended.
The Kindle Direct program will not resume until we can achieve a better understanding of how it will work and how to make it work.”
The Penguin Group has a history of delays and cancellations in publishing, but this is the first time the imprint has pulled out entirely.
The e-books are currently available in more than 100 countries and Penguin’s announcement comes as Penguin is looking to expand its distribution footprint beyond its US imprints.
The announcement comes after the Kindle group said it would suspend all Kindle Directs in Australia and New Zealand, except for the UK, France and the UK’s largest regional e-reader distributor, Barnes & Noble.
“We believe the launch of the Kindle direct program has the potential to make the imprints business more sustainable and to support their continued growth and expansion,” the group said in its announcement.
“We remain committed to making Kindle Direct available to more authors across the world.
We hope this announcement will be welcomed by all our customers.”
The announcement of the suspension comes after Penguin was forced to suspend its e-readers in several countries last week after a dispute over payment terms.
Amazon announced in April that it would not renew Kindle Direct’s contract with Penguin and other publishers after a year.
It also has been forced to delay the launch date of its Kindle Direct e-reading program.
The Kindle Direct website will remain up and running for now, but Penguin is offering a $10 refund for any purchase made through the service.