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Apple launches iBooks Textbooks in new international markets

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On Tuesday, Apple announced that it will be launching iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager to new markets across Asia, Latin America, Europe, and elsewhere.

As online educational tools become more and more common, with websites such as Coursera, the race has been on for the future of the education market. This new effort from Apple will bring the total number of countries that iBooks Textbooks are available for up to 51 and for iTunes U Course Manager up to 70.

Some of the countries that are now able to access iBooks Textbooks include Brazil, Italy and Japan, while some of the new markets for iTunes U Course Manager include Russia, Thailand and Malaysia.

iBooks Textbooks allows publishers to publish interactive textbooks with animations, 3-D models, videos, and slideshows. These textbooks can be viewed from any Mac or iOS device, and they will update themselves when the content is updated. iTunes U Course Manager lets educators create full-length courses that can be viewed on any Mac or iOS device.

According to the press release, iBooks Textbooks include nearly 25,000 titles and cover 100% of high school core curricula in the U.S.

Sophie Post, a fourth grade history teacher at UK’s Falkner House school, said in a statement:

iPad is so much more than just a textbook or just a notepad for students—it’s a powerful educational tool, a study partner, a window into the past and a glimpse of the future. Teaching history was once a static timeline of events. In leveraging the entire educational ecosystem of iPad, creating my own iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U courses, and pulling in apps like History: Maps of the World, studying history has suddenly become a creative, dynamic and truly transformative experience for my pupils.

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