28 April 2009
One of Asia's largest general trade book publishers, Marshall Cavendish, has recently signed a deal to provide an initial 28 Asian business titles to award-winning and premier provider of e-learning and performance support solutions, SkillSoft.
Marshall Cavendish titles will be incorporated into SkillSoft's Books24x7 20,000-plus online book collection which is read by subscribers looking to access a range of topics such as project management, economics and leadership development, as well as titles focused on individual health and personal financial education.
The titles, handpicked by Marshall Cavendish, will include best-selling business titles such as India Rising: Emergence of a New World Power by Tarun Das, Colette Mathur and Frank-Jurgen Richter and Managing in the Discomfort Zone: Essential Skills for Dealing with Unpleasant, Sensitive, Awkward, Difficult, Uncomfortable and Embarrassing Management Situations by Patrick Forsyth.
These books offer an assortment of diverse and topical Asia Pacific focused themes that provide a wide variety of information catering to the needs and interests of readers in Singapore, Malaysia, Korea and the like. This collection will enable companies to search and find local subject matter to help address local challenges. Managers will also have access to best practice material that can help address issues that may be unique to the local business culture.
The books will be accessible to subscribers of Books24x7's (www.books24x7.com) BusinessPro and Well BeingEssentials packages.
According to SkillSoft's Regional Director, Asia, Peter Kokkinos, the alliance with Marshall Cavendish will have a significant impact on Singaporean businesses' capacity to keep their workforces productive and engaged.
"It's an exciting move for us to be able to provide high quality business titles from Marshall Cavendish," he said.
"The addition of these titles provides SkillSoft with a wealth of content from a respected Singaporean publisher and highlights our commitment to continually expand our online library worldwide."
Pam Boiros, Vice President, Product Management, Books24x7, is also thrilled in securing another leading publisher for the Books24x7 repertoire, one of the largest online books collections offered by a global e-learning provider.
"Having Marshall Cavendish on board is a testament to SkillSoft's continued objective of attaining world-class publications and expanding the on demand reference and learning opportunities for our customers," she said.
According to Chris Newson, General Manager at Marshall Cavendish, the publishing house is also delighted to be able to give the world online access to their essential professional reference books.
"We continually seek to extend our distribution reach beyond the traditional bookshop channels in order to improve consumers' accessibility to us." he said.
SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL) is a leading Software as a Service (SaaS) provider of on-demand e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small- to medium-sized businesses.
With its Asia Pacific headquarters in Sydney, SkillSoft enables business organisations to maximise business performance through a combination of comprehensive e-learning content, online information resources, flexible learning technologies and support services.
For more information on SkillSoft Asia Pacific and its world-class products and services, please visit www.skillsoft.com.au.
About Marshall Cavendish
Marshall Cavendish is a publisher of books, directories, magazines and digital platform. With an exensive global network, Marshall Cavendish publishes in 13 different languages, encompassing a wide variety of interests ranging from home and library references, education and business information.
A publisher of choice and winner of numerous awards and accolades, Marshall Cavendish remains committed to its customers - bringing innovative, authoritative and attractive value-added products created by its rich pool of international talent.
Marshall Cavendish is a member of Times Publishing Limited. www.marshallcavendish.com
For further information
SkillSoft Asia Pacific
0437 438 315
0430 59 66 99