SkillSoft's Books24x7 Expands Collection with Addition of 25 Best Practices in Learning & Talent Development

Proceeds to Benefit Children's e-Learning Nonprofit Organization

NASHUA, N.H., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Books24x7(R), a subsidiary of SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL) and the developer of online book collections for IT, business, engineering, financial and government professionals, today announces the availability of 25 Best Practices in Learning & Talent Development by Dr. Nick van Dam, Global Chief Learning Officer for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. Royalties from the publication of this book will benefit e- Learning for Kids (EFK,, of which van Dam is the Founder and Chairman. The e-Learning for Kids organization is a global nonprofit foundation that provides free online learning for children ages 5 through 12.

"Throughout our long and dedicated partnership with Deloitte, our shared goal has been to foster professional growth and development within an organization," said Jerry Nine, SkillSoft COO. "SkillSoft is proud to support the workforce of tomorrow by providing Nick van Dam with an additional outlet for this influential publication."

The themes established in 25 Best Practices in Learning & Talent Development are aligned with SkillSoft's vision and direction. The demand for talent within a global labor market, the increasing complexity of job responsibilities and the challenge of serving generational differences have propelled learning and development to the forefront of organizational strategies to attract, develop and retain talent.

"As today's business environment continues to go through dynamic changes, it is more important than ever to ensure effective learning processes are in place across an organization," said Nick van Dam. "SkillSoft continues to make a significant impact in helping to shape and develop 21st century leaders, which is why Books24x7 is a perfect fit for 25 Best Practices in Learning & Talent Development."

SkillSoft is a sponsor of e-Learning For Kids, having donated specially- created courses and content to accelerate the development of young minds. These programs are designed to engage children at the level where they can perform independently and successfully.

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About Books24x7(R)

Books24x7(R), a subsidiary of SkillSoft PLC, offers subscription clients online access to more than 10,000 IT and business books, book summaries, reports, and best practices. 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), HospitalityPro (TM), ExecBlueprints(TM), ExecSummaries(TM), ExecSuite(TM), GovEssentials(TM), OfficeEssentials(TM), Well-BeingEssentials (TM) and AnalystPerspecitves(TM).

Books24x7(R) Referenceware(R) 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 PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL) is a leading provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses. SkillSoft enables companies 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 and compliance courseware collections, as well as complementary content assets such as SkillSim(TM) simulations, KnowledgeCenter(TM) portals and online mentoring services. The Books24x7(R) division offers online access to more than 10,000 unabridged IT and business books in its Referenceware(R) collections, as well as book summaries, executive reports and best practices. Technology offerings include the SkillPort(R) learning management system, Search-and-Learn(R), SkillSoft(R) Dialogue(TM) virtual classroom, SkillView(R) competency management software and the Enterprise Learning Connection Suite(TM), a set of platform-neutral modules that can be used to create learning programs tailored to business needs.

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.

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