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LONDON - Richard Desmond's Daily Express is readying an Apple iPad app with an upfront cost expected to be £1.79, offering free online content as well as a subscription-based replica of the paper.

The newspaper group is launching iPad apps for its Daily Express and Sunday Express titles, along with its Daily Star and Daily Star Sunday national newspaper brands.

It will become one of the first British national newspapers on the iPad, which is expected to be on sale in the UK by the end of the month.

Express Newspapers, parent company of the newspaper brands, is to charge £1.79 for the Daily Express app, which will give free access to its website content.

There will be a subscription charge to read the e-edition of the newspaper, which will be free in the first week after download.

The online news can be customised according to personal preference for different sections such as world news and sport. Video content may be part of the app in the future.

There are thought to be no current plans to offer a similar app for Desmond's magazine brands, which include OK!.

Digital magazine specialist PageSuite has provided the software and is thought to be in discussions with other major publishers about taking their brands onto the iPad.

PageSuite is also the developer behind Metro's iPhone app.

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