Apple recently announced that it has expanded the availability of iBooks Textbooks and the iTunes U Course Manager to over 50 total countries. Among the countries to receive the expanded availability are Brazil, Italy, Japan, Russia, Thailand and Malaysia. Overall, the Cupertino California company states that iBooks Textbooks are now available in a total of 51 countries, while the iTunes U Course Manager has expanded to include a total of 70 countries.

Appleís senior vice president of Internet Software and Services had the following to say regarding the matter:

The incredible content and tools available for iPad provide teachers with new ways to customize learning unlike ever before. We canít wait to see how teachers in even more countries will create their new lesson plans with interactive textbooks, apps and rich digital content.
For those of you who didnít already know, Apple originally announced iBooks Textbooks at an education-focused media event in 2012 as part of a push into the education market. The Cupertino California company has been making strides in the sector ever since despite legal issues regarding the pricing of iBooks.

Source: Apple (Press Release)