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About Peak Dragon Books

Peak Dragon Books is run by husband and wife team Ian and Karren Barfield.

Ian established his first shop in the Manchester Corn Exchange in 1991 and has been in the trade ever since. He has been selling online since 1998 and was one of the first 100 sellers on Amazon Marketplace.

He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this new venture which is the culmination of a long-held ambition to open a second hand bookshop in Derbyshire.

Karren was born in Darley Dale, lived on Dale Road and in Cromford as a child. She very much sees Matlock as her home. Her family originated in Matlock Bath and Santon-in-Peak.


Green Credentials

Peak Dragon is proud to have been recycling for over 30 years.

It takes around 600gCO2e to produce a new book*

Buy buying second hand books you are helping to cut your carbon footprint and save the panet and if you sell the book back to us, you're saving even more carbon!

It takes around 20–40kgCO2e to manufacture an e-reader*

Not to mention the environmental impact and possible dangers of extracting the precious minerals required to produce electronic devices and the energy required to produce the electricity to charge the  e-reader.

26m tonnes of waste  to landfill each year**

The UK produces a staggering 26m tonnes of waste a year.

We never send an unwanted book to landfill, we either donate them or recycle them!

*Data sourced from Penguin books

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Offical  PBFA member

Peak Dragon Books is proud to be a member of the PBFA.

The PBFA (Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association), founded in 1974, is a UK booksellers association dedicated to the trade of rare, out-of-print and antiquarian books and is the largest bookselling association in Europe, with the aim to make collecting books fun and easy.

The PBFA maintains a code of practice to ensure that materials are properly prescribed and at a reasonable price.

Learn more on the PBFA website.

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