Small independent bookshop Real Books yesterday sold a book, according to an unconfirmed report from the Small Independent Bookshops Association.
Penny Wilson (76) said she was browsing in the bookshop on Slough High Street, finishing the last chapter of Barchester Towers, when she saw a man go up to the till.
'I thought it was a bit strange because he had a book in one hand and his wallet in the other,' she said.
Real Books proprietor Jenny Williams said she had just nodded off when she became aware of a man offering her money in exchange for a book.
'I was flummoxed,' Miss Williams said. 'I could hardly tie the string round the brown paper parcel, my hands were shaking so much.'
Ruth Parker of the Small Independent Bookshops Association, said it was a great day for small independent bookshops.
'This proves that the real book and the small independent bookshop have life in them yet. Miss Williams has hammered home the final nail in the coffin of the ebook and the Kindle. This morning Amazon must be trembling in their shoes,' she said.
'We are not anticipating any extra demand for brown paper and string,' an Amazon spokesman commented.