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Books24x7® Launches Publisher 1-on-1 A Free Podcast Series Featuring Leading Publishers

Books24x7 Provides Unique Opportunity to Hear Directly from Publishing Partners

NORWOOD , MA — September 18, 2006 — Books24x7®, a subsidiary of SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL) and the developer of online Referenceware® for IT, business, engineering, financial and government professionals, announced Publisher 1-on-1, a free podcast series featuring insightful interviews with best-selling publishers. The publishing companies featured in the periodic Publisher 1-on-1 podcast series all have titles that are included in Books24x7 award winning Referenceware collections. Books24x7 Referenceware bridges the gap between what employees know and what they need to know in hundreds of leading organizations. The podcasts, which can be manually or automatically downloaded to a laptop, iPod or other portable devices, are captivating interviews covering topics of interest to the publishing industry as well as Books24x7’s corporate clients with publishers such as Infinity Science Press, John Wiley and Sons and the Center for Creative Leadership.

The publisher interviews provide professionals with an opportunity to hear directly from industry veterans and learn valuable perspectives on business issues and publishing trends in an easily consumable audio format that empowers them to listen when they want, from wherever they want. The Publisher 1-on-1 podcast series follows the July launch of Books24x7 popular free periodic podcast series featuring excerpts from its ExecBlueprints™ Referenceware collection.

“The Publisher 1-on-1 podcast series showcases some of the most influential publishers in the industry,” said John Ambrose, vice president and general manager for Books24x7. “The podcasts provide an unprecedented opportunity to hear directly from trusted thought leaders shaping the future of publishing and influencing key business issues including executive education and succession planning.”

The podcast series is available for free by subscribing via the Books24x7 website www.books24x7.com , as well as through the Apple iTunes Music Store. A new podcast will be released on or about the twentieth of every month through the end of 2006.

The Publisher1-on-1 podcast series will feature the following topics and executives throughout the fall and winter, addressing critical IT and executive management issues:

September

The interview with David Pallai, President and Founder, Infinity Science Press is an opportunity to hear a technical publishing industry veteran’s views on how changes in technical education can meet the challenges faced by the next generation of college graduates entering the workforce.

October

An interview with Joe Wikert of John Wiley & Sons focuses on bridging the print and electronic worlds of books and blogs. In this interview with a technical book publishing veteran, hear how Joe’s experiences keeping a blog on issues related to publishing trends is impacting his traditional role in book publishing.

November

An interview with David Berke from the Center for Creative Leadership is featured in the November podcast. The discussion focuses on succession planning. With the retirement of the baby boomer generation, succession planning is a major concern for many corporations today.  Listen as this expert on the topic discuss strategies for effective succession planning.

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

SkillSoft courseware content described herein is for information purposes only and is subject to change without notice. SkillSoft has no obligation or commitment to develop or deliver any future release, upgrade, feature, enhancement or function described in this press release except as specifically set forth in a written agreement.

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SkillSoft PR Manager
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Donna_Keenan@SkillSoft.com

 
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