Getting hard copy proofs of an e-book?
Apologies in advance if this has already been asked, was posted in an incorrect discussion area, or is somehow public knowledge which I missed out on.
Due to a prohibitively small budget and the extreme length of my book-to-be, distributing a print version won't be an option for me until my digital sales hit a certain level. However, it won't feel like a book to me unless I can hold a paper version in my hands, and it would be nice to have a few copies to give to friends. Is it possible to order a very small quantity of print books (as proofs or otherwise) for an e-book? The issue here is really about mixed formats, not quantity. I don't expect loopholes or freebie copies, I just wanted to know if it's possible at all to get a few print copies without gumming up the e-book process or committing to future print batch orders.