Does the rise of the read-later apps mean that users don't want the experience of using your site at all? Jon Mitchell explores that question in this week's top story, Websites Have to Get Better. All of this and more in the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-up.

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Websites Have to Get Better

When you take content written by someone else, strip it of its chosen monetization methods, and present it back to readers without the publisher's permission, that publisher is not going to be happy. Unfortunately for publishers, that's exactly what many of the read-later apps are doing. But is this because readers want to be able to read offline, or is it because they simply don't like using our sites? Read Jon Mitchell's take on this issue in Websites Have to Get Better.

From our readers:

Jaap Willem Online Marketeer and Photographer -- That's true.
The reading experience is very important indeed, but so is the time shifted reading and the different device when you read the content.

The big break through for Instapaper was with the iPhone and I think it´s still their main scanning (in your words scraping/parsing) device while the iPad is the main reading device.

I don´t have the exact numbers for this but when I hear Marco Arment speaking, I have this idea.

Furthermore I do hope indeed that the websites will continue to improve and that in general the reading experience will be improving every time

Keep up the good work here at RWW :)

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