The University of Chicago Press (UPC) has an outstanding catalog of publications—writers know them as the home of the Chicago Manual of Style. While many of UCP’s books are available online for purchase in digital format as eBooks the press also offers you a free eBook of their choice every month with no strings attached.

I’ve been reading their free eBooks since 2011—it’s a wonderful program from a respected institution. No tricks, no surprises, no unwanted email, just the offer of one free eBook each month.

The topics vary widely from month-to-month. April’s selection is An Orchard Invisible, A Natural history of Seeds. Simply follow this link enter your email and UPC will send you the download link.

From the University of Chicago Press:

From the tiny sesame that we sprinkle on our bagels to the forty-five-pound double coconut borne by the coco de mer tree, seeds are a perpetual reminder of the complexity and diversity of life on earth. In An Orchard Invisible, Jonathan Silvertown presents the oft-ignored seed with the natural history it deserves, one nearly as varied and surprising as the earth’s flora itself. Enjoy An Orchard Invisible: A Natural History of Seeds.

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