I just submitted this to Apple's bug/request tracking system. It's #1 on my wish list...

Please allow iPhone Safari to open web archives. One of my main apps on the Treo is reading Plucker ebooks, which are basically pre-downloaded partial web sites. I spend 1-2 hours per day doing this on the subway, out of cellular/Wi-Fi footprint.

Since the iPhone already has Safari, it just needs the ability to open Safari web archives, and Safari on Mac/Windows would need the ability to build web archives from CLI or AppleScript. The key options for building ebooks are: link depth (follow 0 or more links before stopping), directory or site not to go outside, and file types to fetch (don't bother with Java and other unusable types, but for some sites images are just ads). For bonus points, allow the user to specify max width & height, and scale any large images to these dimensions when building the archive.

http://plkr.org/


Doh! Apple reminded me that I requested this January 19th, after the iPhone was preannounced. Here's hoping...