Books24x7 Partners with iTunes to Launch Complimentary Executive Podcasts

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Books24x7, the online referenceware specialist, today announced its intention to offer a complimentary podcast series featuring top business leaders.

Books24x7, the online referenceware specialist, today announced its intention to offer a complimentary podcast series featuring top business leaders.

The series, which is free of charge, will be broadcast monthly. It will include excerpts from Books24x7’s ExecBlueprints Referenceware collection, a 350-strong library of strategic insights, trends and initiatives, authored by some of the world’s most prominent C-level business leaders. Aimed at senior executives and business managers, the series will examine best practice and offer practical hints and tips on a variety of critical business issues.

Each podcast can be manually or automatically downloaded to a laptop, CD, iPod or other portable device. Initial topics will include:

  •      Establishing a strategic vision for your company
  •     Technologies that will impact on your company in the next 12 months
  •     HR best practices: retirement services.

The second podcast features Andy Mulholland, global chief of technology at Capgemini and ExecBlueprints author. Commenting on the collection, he said:

“ExecBlueprints is a valuable tool for business professionals looking to gain insight and practical knowledge from their peers. I enjoyed contributing my own experiences to the collection and am excited that excerpts are now available in an audio format. The podcasts are an easy and innovative way to learn on the go.”

Kay Baldwin-Evans, vice president of research at Books24x7’s parent company, SkillSoft, added:

“The podcast series embodies our commitment to using technology to enable on-demand knowledge-gathering on the issues faced by senior managers on a daily basis. Hearing about the experiences and successes of one’s peers is a highly effective way to provoke thought and discussion. It provides executives with additional data to help them determine what might work within their own organisations.”

Notes to editors

The podcast series is available for free subscription via the ExecBlueprints dot com website, as well as through the Apple iTunes Music Store. A new podcast will be released on or about the first of every month until the end of 2006, with potential for the series to continue into 2007. Additional podcast topics will be announced in the Autumn.

For further information about ExecBlueprints, the podcast series, corporate licenses and Books24x7’s latest Referenceware collections, visit corporate Books24x7 dot com or contact Richard Lane at richard_lane at books24x7 dot com

About Books24x7®

Books24x7®, 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® collections: ITPro™, BusinessPro™, EngineeringPro™, FinancePro™, HospitalityPro ™, ExecBlueprints™, ExecSummaries™, ExecSuite™, GovEssentials™, OfficeEssentials™, and Well-BeingEssentials™.

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.

About SkillSoft (NASDAQ: SKIL)

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™, ITPro™, OfficeEssentials™, FinancePro™, EngineeringPro™, GovEssentials™, ExecSummaries™ and ExecBlueprints™ collections from Books24x7®. SkillSoft's complementary technologies include SkillPort®, the company's learning management system with its powerful Search-and-Learn™ technology and premium add-on modules, and SkillSoft® Dialogue™ virtual classroom, a tool that allows customers to create and deliver effective blended learning programs using custom content and off-the-shelf learning resources.

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, Ahead of the Learning Curve, SkillPort, Search-and-Learn, SkillChoice, Books24x7, Referenceware® , ITPro, BusinessPro, OfficeEssentials, GovEssentials, EngineeringPro, FinancePro, ExecSummaries, ExecBlueprints, Express Guide and Dialogue are trademarks or registered trademarks of SkillSoft PLC in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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