SkillSoft Expands Books24x7 Offering with Apress Alpha Program Partnership

SkillSoft Books24x7 Teams Up with Apress to Provide Subscribers with Preview of Newest Tech Content

NEW YORK, NY and NASHUA, NH, June 4, 2012 – Apress and Skillsoft today announced an expansion of their partnership to now include Apress’s Alpha Program titles in Books24x7 ITPro™ digital book collection. Apress is known as the authoritative source for growth and career empowerment for IT professionals, developers, and business leaders. SkillSoft is a pioneer in the field of learning with a long history of innovation that provides cloud-based learning solutions for its customers worldwide, ranging from global enterprises, government, and education to mid-sized and small businesses. Together, Apress and Skillsoft are building on a long-standing content licensing relationship that will provide SkillSoft’s subscribers to Books24x7 with a preview of cutting-edge content for fast-evolving technologies. The Alpha Program gives early access to an Apress book before its official release—providing the rare opportunity of reviewing breakthrough content as it is being written. Chapters are added and updated on a regular basis through the full completion of the book. SkillSoft will be adding new Microsoft .NET Apress Alpha books in pre-release form to its Books24x7 digital books library and subscription access. This is the first time that Books24x7 has adopted a program of this kind. Apress and SkillSoft will launch this special offering of Apress’s Alpha program with their latest Windows and .NET titles. Subscribers will be able to get a head start in learning about the newest versions of Microsoft® technologies. Books24x7 users can expect to see the following Apress titles added: "Apress has been a very important partner of Books24x7 for over 10 years,” said Pam Boiros, Vice President, Books24x7 Product Management, SkillSoft. “We are very excited to move this relationship to the next level and begin offering their Microsoft Alpha content through our digital books library. Our Books24x7 subscribers can now have access to up-to-the minute content on the latest, most cutting-edge Microsoft technologies.” About Apress Apress Media is a technical and business publisher devoted to meeting the needs of IT professionals, software developers, programmers, and business leaders with more than 1,000 books in print and electronic formats. Apress provides high-quality, no-fluff content that helps serious technology professionals build a comprehensive pathway to career success. For more information about the innovative approach Apress takes to publishing, please visit About SkillSoft SkillSoft is a pioneer in the field of learning with a long history of innovation. SkillSoft provides cloud based learning solutions for its customers worldwide, ranging from global enterprises, government, and education to mid-sized and small businesses. SkillSoft's customer support teams draw on a wealth of in-house experience and a comprehensive learning e-library to develop off-the-shelf and custom learning programs tailored to cost-effectively meet customer needs. SkillSoft's courses, books and videos have been developed by industry leading learning experts to ensure that they maximize business skills, performance, and talent development. SkillSoft currently serves over 5,000 customers and more than 13,000,000 learners around the world. SkillSoft is on the web at 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 & Learn, SkillChoice, Books24x7, ITPro, BusinessPro, OfficeEssentials, GovEssentials, EngineeringPro, FinancePro, AnalystPerspectives, ExecSummaries, ExecBlueprints, Express Guide, Dialogue, Quickskill and inGenius are trademarks or registered trademarks of SkillSoft Ireland Limited in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Contacts Stephanie Carino Apress 212-620-8062 Donna Ayer SkillSoft 603-821-3211 Maribel Lopez Lois Paul and Partners 617-986-5719