The Beatles’ digital back catalogue remains exclusive to Apple’s iTunes Store, and now iOS is getting first dibs on a new app compiling John Lennon’s private letters too.

The John Lennon Letters App will be released for iPad later this month as a £5.99 download, as the result of a partnership between Weidenfeld & Nicolson and Haymarket Network.

The app will serve up 78 letters from Hunter Davies’ print book The John Lennon Letters, as well as 10 more that weren’t in the book.

The app will also include transcripts for the letters, annotations from Davies, audio readings by actor Christopher Eccleston, and a “curated play list” of Lennon’s music on the iTunes Store. Yoko Ono is providing its foreward.

Fans will be able to “tweet John’s letters to the rest of the world” while also posting to Facebook from within the app.