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SkillSoft’s Books24x7® Releases Well-BeingEssentials™ and HospitalityPro™ Referenceware® Collections

Instant Access to Trusted Web Content Delivers Targeted Information, Fosters Healthy Work-Life Balance and Greater Employee Development

NORWOOD, MA — May 15, 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 the release of two new Referenceware collections, Well-BeingEssentials™ and HospitalityPro™.

With the addition of these two digital content collections, Books24x7’s Referenceware product line now includes over ten different topical content collections to address information needs of time-challenged knowledge workers throughout the enterprise.

With more than 10,000 titles, Books24x7 Referenceware supports companies in helping employees to bridge the knowledge gap between what they know and what they need to know to operate at peak productivity. Books24x7 works closely with a diverse group of leading publishers, ensuring the most current information and complete copyright adherence.

“Books24x7 focuses on unlocking the knowledge locked inside today’s best reference books by transforming them into searchable digital databases that organizations can embed into employees’ daily work flow,” said John Ambrose, vice president and general manager for Books24x7. “The new Well-BeingEssentials and HospitalityPro collections are no different. Individuals with access to the Well-BeingEssentials collection now have the opportunity to gain further insight into the issues that matter most to them, from stress management and parenting to personal finance and work life balance. Subscribers to the HospitalityPro collection will have unprecedented front line access to resources focused on the latest techniques in guest satisfaction and employee management as well as compliance and revenue generating techniques. Having resources readily available promotes a healthy and confident workforce, resulting in greater productivity, skill development and satisfaction.”

Well-BeingEssentials provides resources to help employees balance the responsibilities of work, family, health, personal finance and overall well-being. The virtual library of unabridged books includes best-selling titles from the top publishers in the health and work-life arena. Subscribers can find information to supplement corporate employee assistance program (EAP) initiatives and learn more about handling the day-to-day issues of career development, stress management, family and care giving. The Well-BeingEssentials collection helps employees proactively manage their personal health while assisting companies to control the rising costs of medical insurance.

“We are pleased to offer our titles as part of Books24x7’s Well-BeingEssentials collection,” said Nolo CEO David Rothenberg. “Nolo books address many of the issues critical to today’s employees.” Nolo is the nation’s leading publisher of do-it yourself legal books, forms and software. Based in Berkeley, CA, the 35-year-old company is the only publisher in America with a staff of lawyers dedicated to creating products that guide consumers safely and easily past the legal tangles of life’s big events. “As a publisher, we value the partnership with Books24x7,” said Rothenberg, “because it creates new distribution channels for our content assets, enabling us to reach a wider audience.”

HospitalityPro offers resources that assist in hotel management, food and beverage operations, casino management, and other relevant topics. The complete HospitalityPro collection enables professionals to educate themselves in the areas they face throughout the work day. The easy to use, collaborative collection facilitates instant learning with significant and demonstrable increases in the knowledge base needed to perform the daily activities of hospitality professionals.

“Wiley's mission is to provide must-have references to targeted communities of interest, including those that work in the hospitality and tourism industry” said JoAnna Turtletaub, vice president and publisher, John Wiley & Sons. “Books24x7’s new HospitalityPro collection is a perfect complement to our deep reservoir of quality content, offering a tremendous resource to hospitality professionals looking to learn new skills or become more competitive.”

Books24x7 regularly adds new titles and materials to each collection and provides email notification and RSS feeds to apprise subscribers of recent additions to the collections. To learn more about Books24x7’s latest Referenceware collections, 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™, and Well-BeingEssentials ™.

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 is a leading provider of comprehensive e-learning content and technology products for business and IT professionals within global enterprises. 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 system, virtual classroom technology and support services.

Content offerings include SkillSoft's business, IT, desktop and compliance courseware collections and BusinessPro™, ITPro™, OfficeEssentials™, FinancePro™, EngineeringPro™, GovEssentials™, ExecSummaries™ and ExecBlueprints™ collections from Books24x7®. SkillSoft's complementary technologies include SkillPort®, the company's learning management system with its powerful Search-and-Learn™ technology and premium add-on modules, and SkillSoft® Dialogue™ virtual classroom, a tool that allows customers to create and deliver effective blended learning programs using custom content and off-the-shelf learning resources. For more information, visit www.skillsoft.com.

SkillSoft, the SkillSoft logo, Ahead of the Learning Curve, SkillPort, Search-and-Learn, SkillChoice, Books24x7, Referenceware® , ITPro, BusinessPro, OfficeEssentials, GovEssentials, EngineeringPro, FinancePro, ExecSummaries, ExecBlueprints, Express Guide and Dialogue are trademarks or registered trademarks of SkillSoft PLC in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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