The UAE became one of 16 new countries where Apple has expanded its Volume Purchase Program (VPP). Schools now in the UAE have come a step closer into making their classrooms free of printed textbooks following an Apple decision to extend a bulk purchase discount to this market. What it means is that, when purchasing 20 or more copies of the ibooks, schools get a 50 % discount compared to normal pricing, Emirates 24|7 reported. The programme will cover educational institutions as well as private business establishments. Business units in the UAE can purchase any apps or interactive books at a much discounted rate. The list of new countries displayed on Apple’s website includes Belgium, Hong Kong, Norway, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey, and the UAE, among others.