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Books24x7 Announces GovEssentials, a Centralized, Online Information Resource for Federal Workers, Consultants and Contractors

Partnership with Management Concepts Will Make Hundreds of Government-Focused Titles from Thought Leaders and Publishers Instantly Accessible and Searchable

NORWOOD, Mass., April 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Books24x7(R), a subsidiary of SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL) and the developer of online Referenceware(R) for IT and business professionals, today announced the availability of GovEssentials(TM), an online collection of books and documents targeted to federal government workers, contractors, and consultants. GovEssentials was developed in partnership with Management Concepts, a company focused on solving the "people issues" of government through publications, training and consulting.

With GovEssentials, subscribers can immediately access government-focused titles from recognized publishers and a wide range of public domains. The GovEssentials collection initially comprises more than 150 titles in areas such as: e-government and information technology, foundations of government, leadership and management, budget and financial management, program management and results, human capital management, security and homeland defense, and acquisition and contracting. Books24x7's powerful search engine allows users to search the entire collection for keywords, agency names, specific quotes, statistics, or other criteria. As with all Books24x7 Referenceware collections, new titles will be added to GovEssentials every month.

"Our goal with GovEssentials is to apply Books24x7's proven strengths -- relevant content, ease of access and unique search technology -- to the information needs of the federal government," said John Ambrose, general manager of Books24x7. "Management Concepts brings to the partnership expertise and in-depth knowledge of the government workforce and its information needs. We are confident the result will be a new, consolidated information resource that will address major information gaps and help increase the productivity of federal workers."

"We believe this collection will significantly change the way federal employees work," said Thomas F. Dungan III, president of Management Concepts. "By centralizing information from the major thought leaders in government, we will help agencies disseminate information more efficiently and put valuable, but often difficult-to-find information at the fingertips of federal employees. The collection will also extend the reach of government-related publishers."

    Representative titles included in GovEssentials include:
      * Digital Government Principles and Best Practices, Idea Group
        Publishing, 2004
      * Budgeting and Financial Management in the Federal Government,
        Information Age Publishing, 2001
      * President's Management Agenda: A Balanced Scorecard Approach,
        Management Concepts, 2003
      * Final Report and Recommendations: The 21st Century Federal Manager,
        National Academy of Public Administration, 2004
      * Guide to Contract Pricing, Management Concepts, 2005
      * Building the Optimum Organization for Federal Agencies, 3rd edition,
        FPMI, 2002
      * Balanced Scorecard Step-by-Step for Government and Non-Profit
        Agencies, John Wiley & Sons, 2003

"The new GovEssentials collection underscores SkillSoft's commitment to the federal market," said Kevin Duffer, vice president of government and channel markets for SkillSoft. "Later this year, we plan to introduce a new series of self-paced courses designed specifically to meet critical across- the-board training requirements of all federal agencies."

Organizations can license GovEssentials as a stand-alone collection or with other Books24x7 collections, which include ITPro(TM), BusinessPro(TM), OfficeEssentials(TM), FinancePro(TM), EngineeringPro(TM), ExecSummaries(TM), and ExecBlueprints(TM). Subscriptions are based on number of users, duration of contract, and other collections licensed.

For information on GovEssentials, e-mail sales@books24x7.com or call 781- 440-0550.

About Management Concepts

Management Concepts is an integrated training, consulting and publishing company with expertise in the "people" issues of government. The company focuses on the professional growth of individuals and the effectiveness of teams. For more than 30 years, Management Concepts has helped government organizations serve the public more effectively by improving workplace performance and creating measurable results. For more information, visit http://www.managementconcepts.com.

About Books24x7

Books24x7, a subsidiary of SkillSoft PLC, offers subscription clients online access to more than 7,100 unabridged IT and business books, reports and book summaries. Books24x7's patent-pending technology platform enables users to pinpoint business-critical information quickly by performing multi-tier, online searches of the company's Referenceware collections: ITPro, BusinessPro, OfficeEssentials, FinancePro, EngineeringPro, ExecSummaries and ExecBlueprints.

Books24x7 helps bridge the gap between what employees know and what they need to know in hundreds of leading organizations, including Bank of America, CSC, Deloitte, EDS and Lockheed Martin. The company has relationships with more than 220 leading publishers, including AMACOM, Apress, ASTD, Harvard Business School Press, McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Press and John Wiley & Sons. For more information, visit http://www.books24x7.com.

About SkillSoft

SkillSoft is a leading provider of comprehensive e-learning content and technology solutions for business and IT professionals within the Global 2000. SkillSoft's multi-modal learning solutions support and enhance the speed and effectiveness of both formal and informal learning processes and integrate SkillSoft's in-depth content resources, learning management platform, virtual classroom technology and support services.

In addition to Books24x7 Referenceware collections, SkillSoft offers business and IT skills courseware collections and environmental health and safety compliance courseware by GoTrain. SkillSoft's complementary technologies include SkillPort(R), the company's learning management system with its powerful Search-and-Learn capabilities, and SkillSoft(R) Dialogue(TM), the company's newly introduced virtual classroom offering with associated tools for blended learning solutions.

For more information, visit http://www.skillsoft.com.

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