As seen from the Mirail, the future of publishing does not look so bleak: a few ideas to reflect upon

What are the ideas and values which form the basis for a publishing "business" within the university? The author uses the example of the Mirail University Presses to provide a representative model of intellectual sharing and a strong political stake for the university, within a context of major change. The PUMs participate in the vision of public service in higher education and research. Digitisation and multimedia offer new possibilities.