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Old 06-14-2010, 06:10 PM   #1
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The Safari Reader Arms Race Begins

Interesting take on Apple's new Safari 5, which has a "Reader" option that basically removes ads and other distractions, and presents just the text of a webpage (a bit similar to what some RSS feeds, or Instapaper does)

http://jimlynch.com/index.php/2010/0...s-race-begins/

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Apple, by adding Reader to Safari 5, is essentially trying to force an ebook style interface onto the web reading experience. It will never work out over the long haul because web publishers will resist and the end result will be an arms race, with publishers on one side and Apple on the other.
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Old 06-14-2010, 06:15 PM   #2
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yeah. i tried it. was not at all impressed.
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Old 06-14-2010, 08:43 PM   #3
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The Reader option is an implementation of Readability, see Apple lifted 'make web go away' button from open source. Apple will most likely make this much more popular than the original, which seems to give you more control of its output.
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Old 06-14-2010, 09:03 PM   #4
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I like the reader function, as I hate reading long web articles in a web browser. I have been using Instapaper to read long web pages, but I like the Safari Reader function as well as the Readability bookmarklet that works on Firefox and Chrome and possibly other browsers.
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I hope apple puts the Safari reader functionality on the ipad browser.
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