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Books24x7’s EngineeringPro Collection Surpasses 1000 Titles and Announces Four New Publishing Partners

AK Peters, Pennwell, Springer, and Infinity Science Press Contribute New Content and Titles to Online Referenceware Collection for Engineering Professionals

NORWOOD, MA — December 8, 2006 — Books24x7®, a subsidiary of SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL) and the developer of online Referenceware® for IT, business, engineering, financial and government professionals, today announced that its EngineeringPro™ Referenceware collection now provides access to more than 1,000 engineering books.  In addition to this important milestone, Books24x7 is pleased to announce four new publishing partners, AK Peters, Pennwell, Springer and Infinity Science Press, whose engineering titles will add even greater breadth and value to this collection.

Offering an online library of more than 1,000 engineering texts and resources, EngineeringPro provides instant access to relevant, reliable information for engineers across all disciplines, including aerospace, bioengineering, chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, nanotechnology, nuclear and petroleum.  Texts feature select tables downloadable into Microsoft Excel and LiveEquations, a powerful feature that leverages the power of MathML by enabling users to import equations into computational analysis packages for immediate use.  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.

EngineeringPro is one of twelve topically-oriented subscription based Referenceware collections offered by Books24x7 to corporations and institutions.  EngineeringPro complements Books24x7’s flagship product – ITPro – which serves the needs of programmers, network administrators, database developers and other technical professionals.

“In a little over one year, our usage of the EngineeringPro library has jumped considerably, where it is now approximately half of our usage of the ITPro library.  I expect that our utilization of this wide spectrum library will continue to grow as the library grows and will eventually be just as important to us as the ITPro library,” said Philip Trudeau, Manager Technical Programs, MITRE Institute, MITRE Corporation.

Highlighted below is a sample of titles from the new publishing partners, as well as existing partner McGraw-Hill Professional, that are scheduled to be added to the EngineeringPro Collection before the end of 2006:

  • “Advanced Engineering Chemistry,” Infinity Science Press, M. Senapati, 2006.
  • “Digital Signal Processing Using Matlab and Wavelets,” Infinity Science Press, Michael Weeks, 2006.
  • “Formulas for Structural Dynamics: Tables, Graphs and Solutions,” McGraw-Hill Professional, Olga Lebed, Igor A. Karnovsky, and Igor Karnovsky, 2000.
  • “Gas Volume Requirements for Underbalanced Drilling: Deviated Holes” Pennwell, Boyun Guo and Ali Ghalambor, 2002.
  • “Low Voltage, Low Power CMOS Current Conveyors,” Springer, Giuseppe Ferri, 2003.
  • “Roark’s Formulas for Stress and Strain,” McGraw-Hill Professional, Warren C. Young and Richard Budynas, 2002.
  • “Nanostructured Materials,” Springer, Phillippe Knauth, 2005.
  • “Practical Reservoir Simulation: Using, Assessing, and Developing Results,” Pennwell, M. R. Carlson, 2003.
  • “Real-Time Rendering,” AK Peters, Tomas Moller, Eric Haines, and Tomas Akenine-Moller, 2002.

“We are pleased to make our authoritative engineering books accessible to an even wider audience through an online collection,” says Michael Hays, Vice President of McGraw-Hill Professional’s Digital group.

Books24x7 regularly adds new titles and materials to each collection and provides email notifications and RSS feeds to apprise subscribers of recent additions to the collections. To learn more about Books24x7’s latest Referenceware collections, including EngineeringPro, please visit www.Books24x7.com.

About Books24x7®

Books24x7®, a subsidiary of SkillSoft PLC, offers subscription clients online access to more than 10,000 IT and business books, book summaries, reports, and best practices.  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™, EngineeringPro™, FinancePro™, HospitalityPro ™, ExecBlueprints™, ExecSummaries™, ExecSuite™, GovEssentials™, OfficeEssentials™, Well-BeingEssentials ™ and AnalystPerspecitves™.

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 Business School Press, McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Press and John Wiley & Sons.  For more information, visit www.Books24x7.com.

About SkillSoft

SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL) is a leading provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses. SkillSoft enables companies to maximize business performance through a combination of comprehensive e-learning content, online information resources, flexible learning technologies and support services.

Content offerings include business, IT, desktop and compliance courseware collections, as well as complementary content assets such as SkillSim(TM) simulations, KnowledgeCenter(TM) portals and online mentoring services. The Books24x7(R) division offers online access to more than 10,000 unabridged IT and business books in its Referenceware(R) collections, as well as book summaries, executive reports and best practices. Technology offerings include the SkillPort(R) learning management system, Search-and-Learn(R), SkillSoft(R) Dialogue(TM) virtual classroom, SkillView(R) competency management software and the Enterprise Learning Connection Suite(TM), a set of platform-neutral modules that can be used to create learning programs tailored to business needs.

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