Apple expands Volume Purchase Program to 9 new countries

Last night, Apple posted a public notice to its dev center regarding the addition of 9 new countries to its Volume Purchase Program. The additions include France, Germany and the UK.

The Program, which was previously only available in the US, allows businesses and educational institutions to purchase and distribute apps and iBooks in bulk, at a significant discount…

How it works:

“Through the Volume Purchase Program Education Store, your institution’s Program Facilitators can purchase apps and books in volume, using a credit card, PCard, or Apple Volume Vouchers.

After making a purchase, Program Facilitators receive a unique code for each app or book. Codes can then be distributed to students, teachers, administrators, or anyone at the institution who will be using the apps or books.

Once they have their codes, end users go to the iTunes Store to redeem them. They just enter the code and download the apps or books to their devices.”

It all actually sounds pretty simple, and seems like a great way for developers to distribute their organization-specific applications and books through iBooks and the App Store.

If you’re interested, the new countries that are now eligible for the Program are: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, and the United Kingdom.