Apple has rolled out a new Managed Distribution Program for schools to help facilitate the bulk delivery of eBooks and eTextbooks. The update was pushed today to the Apple volume purchase portal that allows schools to push out apps and digital content.
When a book or app is assigned to a device, it can be automatically downloaded and installed, or a push notification can prompt the user to install the item. Removal can also be done automatically when the assignment is revoked, and the license is immediately available to be moved to a different device. This is tremendously useful for schools that are pushing out digital textbook apps or academic titles from the iBookstore.
The program to manage the entire pipeline is relegated to Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, the U.K.