The days of struggling to school with a bag full of books are over. Apple has announced that there are now nearly 25,000 educational titles that have been specially created for the iPad.

These titles have been created by independent publishers, teachers and leading education services companies, including new educational content from Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Hodder Education, claims Apple.

iBooks Textbooks now cover 100 percent of US high school core curriculum and the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) core curriculum in the UK, according to the company.

Teachers can create and distribute courses for their own classrooms, or share them publicly via the iTunes U app.

Peter Marshall, Managing Director, ELT Division at Oxford University Press said: "Oxford University Press is using iBooks Author for Headway, Oxford’s all-time best-selling English language series, to create engaging iBooks Textbooks for iPad . In releasing 13 new iBooks Textbooks, including Headway Pre-Intermediate, the best-selling level in the series, we are enriching the language learning experience for students around the world."

Sophie Post, fourth grade history teacher at UK’s Falkner House school said: "[The] 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."

Apple states that iBooks Textbooks are now available to teachers and students in 51 countries and 70 countries now have access to iTunes U.

To view the textbooks available from Apple visit to the iBook Store and look for the textbooks section.

On a Mac > open iTunes > iTunes Store > Books > All categories > Textbooks

On a iPad > open iBooks > Store > More > Textbooks

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