In a $3.7 million project, the West Australian government has promised to equip 730 high-school students with their own iBooks.

Education and Training Minister Alan Carpenter told Australian IT: "Students at Geraldton Secondary College received the first instalment of Apple 12-inch iBooks last week.

"By giving all students access to a portable wireless notebook, we are setting up an environment for a new and ground-breaking way of thinking about teaching and learning."

Apple Australian managing director Tony King said the contract also included the supply of a "handful" of Xserve servers, "but most of the work will be at a client level".