NORWOOD, Mass., Aug. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Books24x7(R), a
subsidiary of SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL) and the developer of online
Referenceware(R) for IT, business, engineering, financial and government
professionals, today announced that The National Underwriter Company (NUCO),
one of the leading publishers of financial services information will be
contributing content to the Books24x7 FinancePro(TM) Referenceware collection.
As a result Books24x7 will add approximately 35 NUCO titles to its robust
FinancePro Referenceware collection, bolstering the availability of trusted
resources that address the critical topics of the property and casualty (P&C)
and life insurance industries.
"NUCO is the definitive source of information for both the P&C and life
insurance markets," said John Ambrose, vice president and general manager for
Books24x7. "We're excited to add their titles to our constantly growing
collection of digital Referenceware content. By expanding the breadth of
resources available through our FinancePro collection, we are enabling
subscribers to easily gain insight into a wide variety of issues that are
vital to job performance and overall business success."
The FinancePro Referenceware collection is part of the Books24x7 expansive
collection of complete content of more than 10,000 leading business and
technology titles from the world's top publishers. Collections include:
ITPro(TM), BusinessPro(TM), EngineeringPro(TM), ExecBlueprints(TM),
ExecSummaries(TM), ExecSuite(TM), HospitalityPro(TM), Well-BeingEssentials(TM)
GovEssentials(TM) and OfficeEssentials(TM).
Offering an online library of more than 500 books and documents for
finance and accounting professionals, FinancePro provides instant access to
relevant, reliable information on a variety of financial and accounting
topics, including investing, operations management, credit and loans, venture
capital and taxation and valuation. Subscribers have access to the unabridged
text of all titles in the collection, including new titles added throughout
the subscription period. Subscribers can also take advantage of the ability
to search for specific information using Books24x7's unique multi-tier search
engine for more informed decision making.
As a result of the collaboration between Books24x7 and NUCO, a number of
insurance-related titles may be made available to FinancePro subscribers,
- Tools & Techniques of Risk Management & Insurance
- The Business Interruption Book: Coverage, Claims, and Recovery
- Tools & Techniques of Financial Planning
- Tools & Techniques of Life Insurance Planning
"We're proud to be among the 'best-in-class titles' included in
Books24x7's rich online library," said Deborah A. Miner, JD, CLU, ChFC,
editorial director of Tax and Financial Planning at The National Underwriter
Company. "Our titles will prove an excellent resource for Books24x7
subscribers intent on gleaning valuable information on the latest
insurance-related topics. Moreover, as a publisher, we value the partnership
with Books24x7 because it creates new distribution channels for our content
assets, enabling us to reach a wider audience."
Corporate and agency subscription rates for FinancePro vary depending on,
among other things, the number of users and contract duration. Discounts may
be available for those organizations licensing FinancePro as an add-on to
other Books24x7 collections.
For additional information on Books24x7 and its Referenceware collections,
please visit http://www.books24x7.com.
About The National Underwriter Company:
NUCO, formed in 1897, is the leading publishing and information services
business for the insurance industry. Headquarters are in Erlanger, Kentucky, a
suburb of Cincinnati, and principal editorial and advertising sales offices
are in Hoboken, New Jersey. NUCO's Insurance Magazine Division publishes two
weekly newsmagazines for the property/casualty and life/health sectors of
insurance carrying the National Underwriter brand. The company also publishes
Claims, a monthly magazine for claims executives; Tech Decisions, for IT
insurance professionals; Advising Boomers, for financial advisors to the baby
boom generation; and two regional titles, Florida Underwriter, and Insurance
Advocate, for the New York metro market. In live events, NUCO sponsors the
Annual Claims Exposition, and the Life Insurance Sales Mastery Forum. NUCO's
Professional Publishing Division issues its Fire, Casualty and Surety
bulletins, reporting on the latest developments in insurance policy
application and legal interpretation; and the TaxFacts annuals, summarizing
how the tax code affects insurance and investment decisions, among some 160
titles in all. For more information about NUCO, visit http://www.nuco.com.
About Highline Media:
Highline Media LLC was formed in October 2003 to acquire The National
Underwriter Company, the leading publisher and reference provider to the
insurance and financial industries. Magazine brands include the National
Underwriter Property/Casualty and Life/Health weeklies, Claims, Tech
Decisions, Insurance Advocate and Florida Underwriter; the reference tools
TaxFacts and Fire, Casualty and Surety Bulletins, along with 150 other books
and electronic products, and three conference events. In May 2004, the company
added insurance and banking data assets, including regulatory, M&A and
publicly traded data, from The Thomson Corporation. In the fall of 2005,
Highline acquired Wealth Manager magazine from Bloomberg and Research and
Futures magazines from Adams Business Media. The company has 250 employees and
revenues of $50 million.
The company is backed by Spire Capital, a private equity firm whose
current fund is making investments totaling $260 million, and the banks Harris
Nesbitt, Brown Brothers Harriman and Wells Fargo.
Books24x7(R), a subsidiary of SkillSoft PLC, offers subscription clients
online access to more than 10,000 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(R) collections:
ITPro(TM), BusinessPro(TM), EngineeringPro(TM), FinancePro(TM),
ExecBlueprints(TM), ExecSummaries(TM), ExecSuite(TM), GovEssentials(TM) and
Books24x7 Referenceware bridges 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 290 leading publishers, including AMACOM, Apress, ASTD, Harvard
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