Denton has looked at some of the news-media apps and says he’s unimpressed. “Wasn’t it obvious when one played with the WSJ and Time apps that the apps were a massive step back?” he says. “I loved the look of the Time app, but then I tried to select and copy a paragraph to send to a friend. I did the action automatically, without even thinking.”The limitations are not confined just to the iPad's programming specifications, but also to doing business with Apple, which is under fire from anti-trust investigators. "Do you really dare to get into bed with Apple, and put yourself at the mercy of Steve Jobs? Over and over, Apple has run roughshod over its partners," writes Lyons. "Recently Apple has been bullying developers, issuing new rules telling them what tools they can and cannot use when they make apps."
And guess what? You can’t do that. “You can’t e-mail. You can’t bookmark. It made me realize how much the experience of reading has changed. Nobody really just reads anymore. They copy text, send links, tweet,” Denton says.
Lyons and Denton aren't the only opponents of Apple's "walled garden." Dan Frommer at Business Insider concurs: "And it's true -- of all the apps we've used on the iPad, the web is by far the best."