USA Today said it plans to have software ready to support Apple Computer Inc.'s forthcoming iPad e-reader.

The daily is the first to publicly disclose it plans to make its content available on the gadget. Other papers, including The New York Times, are reportedly cobbling together their own iPad apps.

USA Today showed participants attending the 2010 E-reader Symposium at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute at the University of Missouri in Columbia a demonstration of what the paper will look like on the iPad.

USAToday's deputy managing editor of design, Chuck Rose, said developing an app for the gadget has been a fast-moving project for the paper.

"When Steve Jobs made the iPad announcement, [USA Today Publisher David Hunke] said we want to be in the store on the day of launch," Rose said.

USA Today worked with Mercury Intermedia to develop the software, the same company that helped the paper put together software for iPhone users, Rose said.

Apple said it will formally introduce the iPad April 3. It hasn't yet determined when the iPad's app store will begin operations.