I've published a book based on my thesis with a reputable academic publisher. It turns out that I have to provide 2 more books to my university than I originally thought - they say for archival purpose (this info about 2 more copies is not visible on the university website, but I have to comply anyway to get my PhD certificate).
Anyway, based on the contract, I only received 5 complimentary copies from the publisher, so I have to buy 2 more to give them to the university. I wouldn't even get an extra one for myself. This book is naturally very, very expensive - 2 would cost the half of my monthly rent.
Would it be a bad form to ask for 2 extra complimentary copies from the publisher for just this once, explaining the situation? Would it be worth a shot, or would it just make me look stingy? Thanks for your two cents.