Apple announced today that it has expanded iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager to more countries, including Brazil, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Russia. In total, iBooks Textbooks are available in 51 countries, and iTunes U Course Manager in 70.
“The incredible content and tools available for iPad provide teachers with new ways to customize learning unlike ever before,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We can’t wait to see how teachers in even more countries will create their new lesson plans with interactive textbooks, apps and rich digital content.”
In terms of content, iBooks Textbooks now has nearly 25,000 educational titles created by independent publishers, teachers, and leading education service companies, while the iTunes U Course Manager has over 750,000 materials. As Apple points out in its press release, iBooks Textbooks now covers the entire US high-school core curriculum, as well as the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) core curriculum in the UK: