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National Underwriter Company Contributes to SkillSoft's Books24x7(R) FinancePro(TM) Referenceware(R) Collection

Expands Online FinancePro Collection with Leading P&C and Life Insurance Titles

NORWOOD, Mass., Aug. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Books24x7(R), a subsidiary of SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL) and the developer of online Referenceware(R) for IT, business, engineering, financial and government professionals, today announced that The National Underwriter Company (NUCO), one of the leading publishers of financial services information will be contributing content to the Books24x7 FinancePro(TM) Referenceware collection. As a result Books24x7 will add approximately 35 NUCO titles to its robust FinancePro Referenceware collection, bolstering the availability of trusted resources that address the critical topics of the property and casualty (P&C) and life insurance industries.

"NUCO is the definitive source of information for both the P&C and life insurance markets," said John Ambrose, vice president and general manager for Books24x7. "We're excited to add their titles to our constantly growing collection of digital Referenceware content. By expanding the breadth of resources available through our FinancePro collection, we are enabling subscribers to easily gain insight into a wide variety of issues that are vital to job performance and overall business success."

The FinancePro Referenceware collection is part of the Books24x7 expansive collection of complete content of more than 10,000 leading business and technology titles from the world's top publishers. Collections include: ITPro(TM), BusinessPro(TM), EngineeringPro(TM), ExecBlueprints(TM), ExecSummaries(TM), ExecSuite(TM), HospitalityPro(TM), Well-BeingEssentials(TM) GovEssentials(TM) and OfficeEssentials(TM).

Offering an online library of more than 500 books and documents for finance and accounting professionals, FinancePro provides instant access to relevant, reliable information on a variety of financial and accounting topics, including investing, operations management, credit and loans, venture capital and taxation and valuation. Subscribers have access to the unabridged text of all titles in the collection, including new titles added throughout the subscription period. Subscribers can also take advantage of the ability to search for specific information using Books24x7's unique multi-tier search engine for more informed decision making.

As a result of the collaboration between Books24x7 and NUCO, a number of insurance-related titles may be made available to FinancePro subscribers, including:

  • Tools & Techniques of Risk Management & Insurance
  • The Business Interruption Book: Coverage, Claims, and Recovery
  • Tools & Techniques of Financial Planning
  • Tools & Techniques of Life Insurance Planning

"We're proud to be among the 'best-in-class titles' included in Books24x7's rich online library," said Deborah A. Miner, JD, CLU, ChFC, editorial director of Tax and Financial Planning at The National Underwriter Company. "Our titles will prove an excellent resource for Books24x7 subscribers intent on gleaning valuable information on the latest insurance-related topics. Moreover, as a publisher, we value the partnership with Books24x7 because it creates new distribution channels for our content assets, enabling us to reach a wider audience."

Corporate and agency subscription rates for FinancePro vary depending on, among other things, the number of users and contract duration. Discounts may be available for those organizations licensing FinancePro as an add-on to other Books24x7 collections.

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About The National Underwriter Company:

NUCO, formed in 1897, is the leading publishing and information services business for the insurance industry. Headquarters are in Erlanger, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, and principal editorial and advertising sales offices are in Hoboken, New Jersey. NUCO's Insurance Magazine Division publishes two weekly newsmagazines for the property/casualty and life/health sectors of insurance carrying the National Underwriter brand. The company also publishes Claims, a monthly magazine for claims executives; Tech Decisions, for IT insurance professionals; Advising Boomers, for financial advisors to the baby boom generation; and two regional titles, Florida Underwriter, and Insurance Advocate, for the New York metro market. In live events, NUCO sponsors the Annual Claims Exposition, and the Life Insurance Sales Mastery Forum. NUCO's Professional Publishing Division issues its Fire, Casualty and Surety bulletins, reporting on the latest developments in insurance policy application and legal interpretation; and the TaxFacts annuals, summarizing how the tax code affects insurance and investment decisions, among some 160 titles in all. For more information about NUCO, visit

About Highline Media:

Highline Media LLC was formed in October 2003 to acquire The National Underwriter Company, the leading publisher and reference provider to the insurance and financial industries. Magazine brands include the National Underwriter Property/Casualty and Life/Health weeklies, Claims, Tech Decisions, Insurance Advocate and Florida Underwriter; the reference tools TaxFacts and Fire, Casualty and Surety Bulletins, along with 150 other books and electronic products, and three conference events. In May 2004, the company added insurance and banking data assets, including regulatory, M&A and publicly traded data, from The Thomson Corporation. In the fall of 2005, Highline acquired Wealth Manager magazine from Bloomberg and Research and Futures magazines from Adams Business Media. The company has 250 employees and revenues of $50 million.

The company is backed by Spire Capital, a private equity firm whose current fund is making investments totaling $260 million, and the banks Harris Nesbitt, Brown Brothers Harriman and Wells Fargo.

About Books24x7

Books24x7(R), a subsidiary of SkillSoft PLC, offers subscription clients online access to more than 10,000 unabridged IT and business books, reports and book summaries. 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(R) collections: ITPro(TM), BusinessPro(TM), EngineeringPro(TM), FinancePro(TM), ExecBlueprints(TM), ExecSummaries(TM), ExecSuite(TM), GovEssentials(TM) and OfficeEssentials(TM).

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

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(TM), ITPro(TM), OfficeEssentials(TM), FinancePro(TM), EngineeringPro(TM), GovEssentials(TM), ExecSummaries(TM) and ExecBlueprints(TM) collections from Books24x7(R). SkillSoft's complementary technologies include SkillPort(R), the company's learning management system with its powerful Search-and-Learn(TM) technology and premium add-on modules, and SkillSoft(R) Dialogue(TM) 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

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