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CES 2018 | The eOneBook is an expensive dual-E ink display device that can only be used to read one manga

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Do you have $300 burning a hole in your pocket and really like the manga Fist of the North Star? The eOneBook by Progress Technologies may be the device for you. Featuring two E ink displays that fold out like a book, the device can only be used to read 18 volumes of Fist of the North Star.

E-readers are great for avid readers. The space- and cost-effective devices run for weeks on a charge and can store tens of thousands of books. Most E-readers are also relatively affordable, coming in between USD $50-100. However, for those that want something completely extravagant, Japanese-based Progress Technologies showed off their new eOneBook E-reader at CES 2018. There's one catch: the device can only be used to read 18 volumes of the Manga Fist of the North Star.

The eOneBook is a pretty innovative E-reader. It features two E ink displays that fold out like a book with navigation buttons on either side. The case of the device is also beautifully decorated with cover art from Fist of the North Star. The E Ink displays look crisp and do the detailed artwork of the manga justice. Since the manga is stored as an E-book, users can also switch between Japanese and English translations at the touch of a button.

While the eOneBook is undoubtedly beautiful, it's also incredibly expensive considering the package on offer. Progress Technologies is planning on selling the device for USD $300 in the near future, which is a lot for an E-reader. Throw in the fact that there's no way to load any other content on the device and the eOneBook becomes a niche luxury item.

However, the device does have all 18 volumes of Fist of the North Star loaded on it. Not only does it save quite a bit of shelf space, it's also one of the cheapest ways to get all the volumes. Considering that single paperback volumes of the manga routinely sell for $50 each, the eOneBook may not be too bad of a deal. You're essentially getting the manga at one-third the price you'd have to pay for the individual volumes.

Progress Technologies is also hoping to work with other publishers and bring more content-specific devices to market. No word yet on a possible release date, but if you like Fist of the North Star, you may want to keep your eye on this one.

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Sam Medley, 2018-01-10 (Update: 2018-01-10)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.