Amazon is said to have begun searching for high street locations in central London.
The online retailer declined to comment on the issue to the Sunday Times, which reported that Amazon is looking at two dozen sites. The newspaper suggested the property search means Amazon is planning to bring its Amazon Go grocery stores to the UK.
Amazon is currently testing its first Amazon Go store in Seattle. Goods at the store can be bought without queuing at a till, using sensors to track customers and record the items they put in their shopping baskets, with the cost taken directly from their Amazon account on leaving the store.
There is no mention of bookshops in the ST report. The online retailer opened a physical bookstore in Seattle in 2015, followed by further shops in San Diego and Portland, and with another set to launch in New York City this spring.