There has been a strong demand for copies of the Scottish Government’s guide to an independent Scotland with over 100,000 copies ordered, it was revealed today.
A fourth reprint of an additional 10,000 copies of the document has been commissioned in order to keep pace with demand.
Scotland’s Future: Your Guide to an Independent Scotland, has been available to order by hard copy or digital format since its launch in November.
Latest available figures confirm that over 100,000 copies of Scotland’s Future have been ordered – 57,708 in digital format, and 56,733 as a hard copy.
The cost for the production, publication and distribution of Scotland’s Future to date is £800,000.
Approximately £75,000 was spent on producing the document, including online versions, and £350,000 on printing. The cost of distributing the guide – which is available to order for free – amounts to approximately £375,000.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
“I am delighted that Scotland’s Future has met with such a huge level of demand, which is testament to the appetite for information that exists around the referendum debate.
“The white paper is the most comprehensive and detailed blueprint of its kind ever published, not just for Scotland, but for any prospective independent country.
“It is a landmark document which sets out the economic, social and democratic case for independence, and provides the people of Scotland with the answers they need to make an informed choice on September 18 this year.
“We want everyone to have the opportunity to read the white paper and that is why it is free to order. It is well worth the cost of delivering it directly into the hands of the voters to ensure the choice they make on September 18 is an informed one.
“Since its launch in November the guide has been a ‘bestseller’ with over 100,000 copies ordered, and three additional reprints. A fourth reprint has now been ordered to keep pace with demand.
“We are following up on its publication through a series of Scotland’s Future question and answer sessions taking place across the country, where people have the opportunity to quiz Ministers on independence.
“The huge level of interest in Scotland’s Future makes clear that voters want access to information that will allow them to make an informed decision on September 18, and my challenge to opponents of independence is to produce their own detailed prospectus – the people of Scotland deserve nothing less.”