updated 10:06 am EST, Tue January 21, 2014
Educational content now in dozens of countries
Access to iBooks textbooks and the iTunes U Course Manager has expanded to a number of new countries in Asia, Europe, and Latin America, Apple has announced. Textbooks are now available in 51 countries -- including Brazil, Italy, and Japan -- while the Course Manager can be found in 70, among them Russia, Thailand, and Malaysia.
Apple introduced textbooks in early 2012 as part of a deeper push into the educational market, based off the success of the iPad. The other part of that push involved completely revamping iTunes U, transforming it from something that only provided supplemental material to allowing complete courses to be taken online.
Since then, the company has also worked hard to convince schools to buy iPads. The flagship effort has been with the LA Unified School District, which is buying tens of thousands of tablets. That program has generated controversy, however, because of the cost and the students' discovery of how to work around content restrictions.