As the U.K. eagerly awaits the release of the iPad, we’re hearing reports of some users receiving their pre-orders today.┬á3G customers will still need to wait until tomorrow to be able to start using their micro sims ­čÖé

We at Lightflows are an impatient bunch and sourced an iPad from eBay a few weeks ago to test the apps we are developing.┬áImagine our surprise last week when the iPad app store went live – no more downloading apps through iTunes.┬áToday brings more goodness – a recent check on the App store revealed that the iWork family of apps, Pages, Numbers & Keynote are released – but iBooks is there too! There had been speculation that iBooks wouldn’t be available here until later in the year.

iPad Apps , iWork -Pages , Keynote, Numbers and iBooks hit UK iPad store

We’ve yet to download and check if iBooks lets us buy any books yet… we’ll report back soon. Happy iPadding everyone!

– Update – Books are available to download in the iBooks app , but only titles that are freely available in the public domain – no commercial titles yet. Winnie the Pooh is the freebie that comes with the App.