Edinburgh school chiefs hope to provide the city’s over-nines with wireless access to iBooks .

The move follows a visit by the city's education leader, councillor Ewan Aitken, to the US state of Maine, which already provides such a service – something education chiefs there says has improved pupils’ discipline, behaviour, attendance and achievments.

Edinburgh's education bosses plan to commission a £15,000 report looking into rolling out a similar program in the city. Early estimates suggest implementing the idea would cost £40 million, and would be one of the first such schemes in Europe.

Councillor Aitken met with Maine education official and Apple execs in November, on a visit he described as "inspirational". The city hopes to have a scheme in place by 2007, but will have to find financial backing to put the program in place.

Aitken said: "This would be an extremely exciting and ambitious undertaking, which is why we must explore all avenues open to us and make sure that we get this right."

However, the proposals are not solid yet - local paper the Edinburgh News reports Lib Dem education spokesman Jim Lowrie, who voiced fears over the security risk of pupils taking such equipment home.