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Books24x7 Announces Winners of Third Annual Referenceware Excellence Awards

Awards Based on Reader Usage; Presented at Waterside Publishing Conference, April 15

NORWOOD, MA – April 16, 2004 -- Books24x7, a subsidiary of SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL) and the developer of online Referenceware™ for IT and business professionals, yesterday announced the winners of its third annual Referenceware Excellence Awards, co-sponsored by Waterside Productions, Inc., of Cardiff, CA. The awards recognize the most widely used computer technology and business books available through Books24x7, which offers subscription clients detailed online searches to more than 5,000 unabridged IT and business books. Winners were announced at the 14th annual Waterside Publishing Conference, attended by authors, publishers, and third-party vendors, on April 15, in Berkeley, California.

For each of 14 major categories, five book titles were selected based on actual usage by Books24x7 subscribers from January 1 through December 31, 2003. Judges, selected from the Books24x7 editorial advisory board, chose each category winner after considering a variety of qualitative data, including content organization, depth and quality of subject matter coverage, and graphics.

“These awards give us the opportunity to formally recognize those authors and publishers whose books have proven to be indispensable in the day-to-day work of thousands of IT and business professionals,” said John Ambrose, general manager of Books24x7. “As one of the major events for the publishing industry, the Waterside Conference is a perfect venue for honoring these top achievers.”

In alphabetical order by category, winners are:

Business and Culture: “Leading Geeks: How to Manage the People Who Deliver Technology,” Paul Glen (Jossey-Bass).
Certification and Compliance: “MCAD/MCSD Visual C# .NET Certification All-in-One Exam Guide,” Kenneth S. Lind and Marj Rempel (McGraw-Hill/Osborne).

Databases: “Oracle Internals: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for DBAs,” Donald K. Burleson (Auerbach Publications).

Desktop and Office Applications: “Microsoft Access Version 2002 Inside Out,” Helen Feddema (Microsoft Press).

Enterprise Computing: “High-Performance Client/Server,” Chris Loosley and Frank Douglas (John Wiley & Sons).

Graphic Design and Multimedia: “Photoshop 7 at Your Fingertips: Get in, Get Out, Get Exactly What You Need,” Jason Crawford Teague (Sybex).

Hardware: “The Book of Overclocking: Tweak Your PC to Unleash Its Power,” Scott Wainner and Robert Richmond (No Starch Press).

Networking and Protocols: “Networking Explained, Second Edition,” Michael A. Gallo and William M. Hancock (Digital Press).

Operating Systems: “Microsoft Windows XP Registry Guide,” Jerry Honeycutt (Microsoft Press).

Programming : “Excel 2002 VBA Programmer’s Reference,” Rob Bovey, Stephen Bullen, John Green, and Robert Rosenberg (Wrox Press).

Security: “Stealing the Network: How to Own the Box,” Ryan Russell et al (Syngress Publishing).

Software Engineering: “The Art of Software Architecture: Design Methods and Techniques,” Stephen T. Albin (John Wiley & Sons).

Telecommunications: “Broadband Telecommunications Handbook, Second Edition,” Regis J. “Bud” Bates (McGraw-Hill).

Web Programming and Development: “Learn HTML in a Weekend, Third Edition,” Steve Callihan (Premier Press).

About Waterside Productions, Inc.
Waterside Productions, a literary agency for computer and technology authors, has represented more than 5,000 books to more than 50 publishers since its founding in 1982. Waterside Productions hosted the 14th Annual Waterside Publishing Conference for authors, publishers, and third-party vendors April 15 - 16, 2004 at the Doubletree Berkeley Marina in Berkeley, California. The event featured speakers such as Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel of Peachpit, Bill Pollock of No Starch Press, Brandon Nordin of McGraw-Hill/Osborne, and Rodnay Zaks of Sybex. For more information, call 760-632-9190 or visit

About Books24x7
Books24x7, a subsidiary of SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), offers subscription clients online access to more than 5,000 unabridged IT and business books and reports. 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, FinancePro, and OfficeEssentials.

Books24x7 helps bridge the gap between what employees know and need to know in hundreds of leading organizations, including Bank of America, EDS, and Lockheed Martin. The company has relationships with more than 85 leading publishers, including AMACOM, Apress, ASTD, Harvard Business School Publishing, McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Press, and John Wiley & Sons. For more information, visit