Although the iPad isn't out in Europe yet (in fact, in a controversial move, Jobs pushed back the European release of the device a month due to high US demand) UK publishers are readying their apps for its May release. Both the Guardian and the Daily and Sunday Express have created iPad apps, the Guardian having released theirs for US customers on April 2.
The Guardian currently has a paid news app on the market for the iPhone and a free photo app for the iPad. The iPhone app, released in December, has since received over 100,000 downloads and, despite its 3.99 price tag, is widely considered to be one of the best available news apps for the iPhone. So it comes as no surprise to find that the Guardian's iPad app, created in conjunction with Cannon, is a hit, receiving 50,000 downloads in only ten days.
It is currently the 28th most downloaded free app in the iPad app store, but those news apps that beat the Guardian app in the store also offer text and other content. Considering the specificity of the content offered by the app, its popularity likely foreshadows even greater success for the Guardian news iPad app.