22 April 2008
Australia's largest independent publisher, Allen & Unwin, has recently signed a deal to provide an initial 75 Australian business titles to a leading provider of e-learning and performance support solutions.
Allen & Unwin's titles will be incorporated into SkillSoft's Books24x7's 5000-plus online collection which is read by subscribers looking to access a range of topics such as project management, economics and leadership development, as well as titles focused on individual health and personal financial education.
The Australian titles, handpicked by Allen & Unwin, Australia's 2007 Publisher of the Year, will include best-selling finance titles such as Smarter Property Investment and Financial Statements Demystified, and innovative local management titles such as Leadership for the Disillusioned, as well as books by high profile local authors such as ABC TV Inventors presenter James O'Loghlin, No.1 bestseller Stephanie Dowrick and Professor Greg Bamber from Griffith University .
The books will be accessible to subscribers of Books24x7 (www.books24x7.com) BusinessPro and Well BeingEssentials packages.
According to Ms Maryanne Puli, Regional Director of SkillSoft Asia Pacific, Australia and New Zealand, the partnership with Allen & Unwin will have a significant impact on Australian businesses' capacity to keep their workforces productive and engaged.
"It's an exciting move for us to be able to provide high quality business titles through Allen & Unwin.
"The addition of these titles provides SkillSoft with a wealth of content from a respected Australian publisher and highlights our commitment to continually expanding our online library worldwide," she said.
According to Elizabeth Weiss, publisher at Allen & Unwin, the publishing house is thrilled to be able to give the world online access to their essential professional reference books.
SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL) is a leading Software as a Service (SaaS) provider of on-demand e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small- to medium-sized businesses.
With its Asia Pacific headquarters in Sydney, SkillSoft enables business organisations to maximise business performance through a combination of comprehensive e-learning content, online information resources, flexible learning technologies and support services.