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SkillSoft's Books24x7 Surpasses 20,000 Titles

More than One Title Per Business Hour Added to Collection Now Containing More than 6.4 Million Pages of Trusted Content

NASHUA, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 17, 2008--SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), a leading SaaS provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses, today announced that its Books24x7 offering has reached a major milestone and now boasts more than 20,000 titles. Books24x7 offers one of the largest online, on-demand book resources available comprised of digitized IT and business books, book summaries and executive reports that give users access to trusted information how, when, and where they need it.

"Books24x7 has been expanding the skills and increasing the personal development of thousands of users at many of the world's best-known companies for nearly a decade," said John Ambrose, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Corporate Development & Emerging Business for SkillSoft. "This impressive milestone underscores SkillSoft's commitment to ensuring comprehensive topical coverage throughout our Books24x7 reference collections. When users are searching a database like Books24x7 for business-relevant information, they recognize that depth and breadth of trusted content is critical because it raises the likelihood that they will find their answer."

Since its launch in 1999, titles under the Books24x7 product offering have grown at a steady clip. What started out as a niche application focusing on IT topics now reaches a global audience and touches all parts of an organization with an unprecedented depth and breadth of resources also covering business, engineering, financial skills, and work life balance topics. Hundreds of publishers contribute to over a dozen different Books24x7 collections. In addition to English-language titles, Books24x7 has recently expanded its offerings to include French and German collections.

On average, the offering has grown by 38 percent each year since its creation. In fact, Books24x7 adds an average of more than one title per hour of each business day throughout the year and, in all, has 6.4 million pages of content.

The Books24x7 On Demand Platform has grown in capabilities and enables users to search, browse, read, organize, recommend and share with other users of these vast professional libraries. Mobile users have access to the full content and functionality of the Books24x7 platform, including powerful patented search technology and browse capabilities, complete site and content navigation and personal and corporate folders.

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About SkillSoft

SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL) is a leading SaaS provider of on-demand e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses. SkillSoft enables business organizations 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, compliance and consumer/SMB courseware collections, as well as complementary content assets such as Leadership Development Channel video products, KnowledgeCenter(TM) portals, virtual instructor-led training services and online mentoring services. SkillSoft's Books24x7(R) product offering includes access to over 20,000 IT and business books, as well as book summaries and executive reports. Technology offerings include the SkillPort(R) learning management system, Search-and-Learn(R), SkillSoft(R) Dialogue(TM) and virtual classroom.

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.

SkillSoft, the SkillSoft logo, SkillPort, Search-and-Learn, SkillChoice, Books24x7, ITPro, BusinessPro, OfficeEssentials, GovEssentials, EngineeringPro, FinancePro, AnalystPerspectives, 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, countries.

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    SOURCE: SkillSoft PLC