Amazon is considering adapting its Kindle tablet to allow bricks-and-mortar retailers to use them as checkouts.

Amazon executives told an internal briefing in the US that the etail giant may offer retailers Kindle tablets and credit-card readers, as well as web development and data analysis, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Last year, Amazon bought technology from GoPago and hired engineers from the San Francisco checkout system start-up to pave the way for a potential mobile payment solution.

It appears likely the Amazon Kindle checkout will initially be targeted at smaller retailers that do not have costly till systems and data analytics already in place.

The initiative could reach the US market as early as the summer, however the project could also be delayed, the paper reported.