'What is an author?' by Michel Foucault might be of interest - a short and thoughtful piece on the history of the idea of authorship. http://faculty.georgetown.edu/irvinem/theory/Foucault-AuthorFunction.html Elsewhere he once suggested that as an experiment all books should be published anonymously for a year or two to see what happened. Interesting, but impossible under the present formation of commercial publishing. On the academic publishing front the open access movement is struggling against big capatalist beasts such as Elsevier to give birth to a new way to circulate ideas.