Books24x7 Signs Agreement with John Wiley & Sons to Add Full Line of Wrox Titles to Its Online Library for IT Professionals

July 24, 2003

Under the agreement, Books24x7 will begin to immediately add the full line of Wrox titles to ITPro, its online library for technical professionals; all 36 titles should be live by the end of 2003. Books24x7 also plans to add new titles published under the Wrox imprint as they are released.
Founded in 1992, Wrox Press has focused on providing authoritative, timely information to address real-world programming problems. Books cover a variety of topics of interest to professional programmers such as ASP, Java, PHP,
Perl, SQL, VB, and .NET. Through this agreement, Books24x7 subscribers will
now have online access to the unabridged text of these titles, as well as the ability to search for specific information using Books24x7’s unique multi-tier search engine.

Representative Wrox titles to be added to ITPro include:

— “Beginning VB.NET, Second Edition,” Matthew Reynolds, 2002
— “Professional ASP.NET 1.0,” Alex Homer and Dave Sussman, 2002
— “Beginning XML, Second Edition,” Kurt Cagle, 2001

“This agreement with Books24x7 brings Wrox titles to an expanded reader audience,” said Joe Wikert, vice president and publisher, John Wiley & Sons. “Books published by Wrox Press have always had an excellent reputation for usability and relevance among the IT community, especially software programmers. Books24x7 will make these titles even more accessible and usable for addressing day-to-day programming issues and professional knowledge requirements.”
“Wrox has been one of our most frequently requested publishers. We are pleased to be adding the best top-selling Wrox titles to our ITPro collection,” said John Ambrose, general manager of Books24x7. “The addition of this major collection supports our ongoing commitment to develop partnerships with those publishers important to our subscribers.” The ITPro collection currently includes more than 2,700 unabridged titles from more than 85 different publishing partners.
Subscription rates for ITPro start at $399 per year for individual subscribers. Corporate and volume discounts are available for those organizations licensing ITPro as a standalone collection or as an add-on to Books24x7’s BusinessPro, FinancePro, or OfficeEssentials collections. ITPro subscribers have unlimited access to all ITPro titles, including new books added to the collection during the subscription period. For further information, call 781 440 0550, email sales@books24x7, or visit

About Wiley
Wiley is a global knowledge company with a diverse portfolio of technology, business, consumer and how-to brands, computer-based learning tools, Web-based products and Internet e-services. Wiley’s best-selling brands and imprints include Jossey-Bass, For Dummies, Betty Crocker, Culinary Institute of American (CIA), Bible, CliffsNotes, Frommer’s, Unofficial Guides, Visual, Weight Watchers, Ernst & Young, JK Lasser, and Webster’s New World. Wiley has thousands of active titles in 39 languages and also owns the Websites, and
Founded in 1807, Wiley provides must-have content and services to customers worldwide. Its core businesses include scientific, technical and medical journals, encyclopedias, books and other online products and services, professional and consumer books and subscription services and education materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Wiley has publishing, marketing and distribution centers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JWb. Wiley’s Internet site can be accessed at (c) 2003 Wiley. All rights reserved.

About Books24x7
Books24x7, a subsidiary of SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), offers subscription clients online access to more than 4,000 unabridged IT and business books and reference works. 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.
Clients include Bank of America, Lockheed Martin, EDS, and Avanade. The company has relationships with more than 85 leading publishers, including AMACOM, ASTD, Harvard Business School Publishing, McGraw-Hill, Sybex, and John Wiley and Sons. For more information, visit

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of Books24x7, Inc. All brand names, trademarks, or registered trademarks are
the property of their respective holders.

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Eric Holmgren
Wiley Publishing
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