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50 top-rated authors

Authors rated by at least 50 members (average/ratings/raters).

Robert J. Lang (12.46/73/50), Paul Jackson (7.39/70/64), Jane Wagner (5.72/76/75), Kunihiko Kasahara (5.67/66/54), Geoffrey Budworth (5.21/77/71), Tom Tomorrow (5.19/111/57), Jay Rubin (4.89/112/110), Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.76/82/82), Janet Arnold (4.75/283/127), Crossway Bibles (4.72/203/194), Ollie Johnston (4.7/86/75), William R. Trumble (4.7/79/79), William M. Gaines (4.68/392/59), Luigi Serafini (4.68/87/85), Arthur G. Bennett (4.68/167/167), Karl Elliger (4.66/100/100), Harold Abelson (4.63/206/203), Steve Purcell (4.63/67/55), Jeff Brumbeau (4.62/81/65), Don Rosa (4.62/402/163), Bill Watterson (4.61/9270/2894), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.61/92/71), Richard Williams (4.59/53/53), Georg Friedrich Händel (4.58/193/83), Carla Emery (4.58/91/91), Ki Longfellow (4.57/243/181), Tom Tierney (4.57/601/87), Adam Makos (4.57/64/63), Avraham Azrieli (4.57/288/148), Ninya Mikhaila (4.57/59/59), Adam Tooze (4.57/53/53), Michael Whelan (4.56/80/61), Albert Seba (4.55/57/54), Wallace Stevens (4.55/466/365), Stanley Kunitz (4.55/74/62), June Hiatt (4.55/64/64), Harold McGee (4.54/401/374), Larry Gonick (4.54/765/366), David Allen Sibley (4.54/440/276), Robert A. Caro (4.54/975/525), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.53/269/167), Johann Sebastian Bach (4.53/331/120), Aaron Becker (4.53/137/124), Jonathan Larson (4.53/70/62), Eberhard Nestle (4.53/193/191), Peter Menzel (4.52/272/237), Gail Boushey (4.52/72/54), James C. Christensen (4.52/74/68), Robert Kapilow (4.51/106/106) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.52/56/56), Robin Wyatt Dunn (2.04/56/50), Christopher Ransom (2.15/127/122), Randy Davila (2.17/124/123), Hal Lindsey (2.34/145/96), Jessica Cutler (2.42/54/54), Rebecca Campbell (2.46/60/55), Sue Lange (2.52/64/59), Nancy Balbirer (2.52/61/61), John B. Olson (2.53/197/188), Michael Gerber (2.54/204/164), Simon Cox (2.56/86/82), Ellen Fein (2.58/78/62), Alexandra Ulysses (2.6/87/87), Melissa P. (2.61/189/181), Emma Tennant (2.63/197/161), Arabella Weir (2.64/59/55), Adèle Lang (2.65/55/54), Joanne Dahme (2.66/53/50), Anna Sam (2.67/54/54), Erich von Däniken (2.69/516/352), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.69/86/86), Simon (2.69/168/138), John Milne (2.69/62/55), Phoenix Desmond (2.7/56/56), Rachael F. Heller (2.7/54/50), Catherine Millet (2.71/206/201), Andrew Keen (2.71/148/148), James Bradley (2.71/124/120), Trudy Baker (2.72/67/63), Jacquelyn Cook (2.72/95/87), Charlotte Roche (2.73/314/301), Eliza Kennedy (2.74/62/62), Douglas Monroe (2.77/58/50), The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (2.77/253/84), Naomi Kramer (2.78/63/59), Robert D. Stueart (2.78/57/57), Theresa Schwegel (2.79/107/93), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Dell Shannon (2.8/369/51), Sharon Kendrick (2.8/230/64), Michael Drosnin (2.81/142/126), Phil Hellmuth (2.81/62/59), Jill Price (2.81/52/52), The Goldman Family (2.81/53/53), Noah Charney (2.81/149/147), Gustavus Hindman Miller (2.82/73/73), Claude Izner (2.82/217/179), Tawny Taylor (2.82/134/90), Kevin Trudeau (2.82/98/85) — show more

50 authors people can't agree on

Must have 50 raters. The numbers are the standard deviation of rating—how much they differ from the average.

Robert J. Lang (31.21), Paul Jackson (20.62), Kunihiko Kasahara (15.15), Jane Wagner (14.09), Tom Tomorrow (11.68), Jay Rubin (11.67), Geoffrey Budworth (11.13), Dougal Dixon (9), Marvin Minsky (8.31), John Dennis Fitzgerald (8.13), Kenneth Anger (7.88), Larry Gonick (7.77), Mona Simpson (7.57), Richard Brautigan (7.48), Karel Čapek (7.38), Parke Godwin (6.8), Guy Kawasaki (6.68), Peter Kuper (6.32), David Mamet (6.27), Donald Barthelme (6.1), Wallace Stevens (5.78), Bertolt Brecht (5.66), Howard Norman (5.64), Richard Ford (5.55), Lawrence Ferlinghetti (5.35), Edward Albee (5.13), Woody Allen (4.71), Pete Dexter (4.66), Carrie Fisher (4.52), Eugene Ionesco (4.51), Graeme Base (4.16), Luigi Pirandello (4.12), Tennessee Williams (3.81), Friedrich Nietzsche (3.73), Robert Anton Wilson (3.72), Bob Dylan (3.72), John Barth (3.7), David Macaulay (3.64), Raymond Carver (3.63), Scott McCloud (3.45), e. e. cummings (3.42), G. B. Trudeau (3.35), Charles M. Schulz (3.26), Robert A. Heinlein (3.16), Raymond Chandler (2.91), Ralph Ellison (2.89), Richard P. Feynman (2.84), Graham Greene (2.73), Philip Roth (2.63), Nikolai Gogol (2.61) — show more

50 uncontroversial authors

The least divergent star ratings. Must have 50 raters.

Edward L. Ferman (0.42), Constance Cappel (0.43), The Kyoto Costume Institute (0.47), Janet Arnold (0.56), Steve Purcell (0.58), Elliott Holt (0.58), Richard Williams (0.58), Alison Gopnik (0.59), Adam Makos (0.59), Wendy Mogel (0.59), Adam Tooze (0.59), Barbara Demick (0.6), Robert E. Wells (0.6), R. G. Grant (0.6), Albert Seba (0.6), Larry Tye (0.6), Craig L. Symonds (0.6), Bob Pflugfelder (0.6), Gail Boushey (0.6), Lars Svensson (0.6), Kristine Barnett (0.61), Elizabeth Rusch (0.61), Stephen Dedman (0.61), Rosy Thornton (0.61), Takako Shimura (0.61), Marc Morris (0.61), Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (0.62), Laurie Westphal (0.62), William R. Trumble (0.62), Halima Bashir (0.62), Ninya Mikhaila (0.62), Don Rosa (0.62), Gordon Van Gelder (0.62), Steve Zaloga (0.62), Douglas A. Blackmon (0.63), Avraham Azrieli (0.63), Trent Reedy (0.63), Anna Botsford Comstock (0.63), Susan Rich (0.63), Bill Konigsberg (0.63), Tony Bertauski (0.63), Rowan Jacobsen (0.63), Rose George (0.63), Janet Martin Soskice (0.63), Susan Nussbaum (0.63), David Allen Sibley (0.63), Kevin Boyle (0.63), Leah Wilcox (0.63), Andrew Chambliss (0.63), Jane Sowerby (0.63) — show more

Authors who LibraryThing (complete list)

Diana Gabaldon, Lee Child, John Green, Don Maitz, Sandra Brown, David Brin, Laurie R. King, Brandon Sanderson, Jude Deveraux, Jon Scieszka, Diane Duane, Laurie Halse Anderson, Ann Brashares, Naomi Novik, James Rollins, Lisa See, Katie MacAlister, Andrew Gross, Joe Hill, Elizabeth Bear, Chris Bohjalian, Janny Wurts, Dan Chaon, Nancy Holder, Sarah M. Anderson, Melissa Marr, Patrick Rothfuss, James Dashner, Jo Beverley, Sharon Kay Penman, Susan Mallery, Tite Kubo, Susan Wittig Albert, Edward R. Tufte, Alan Furst, Adriana Trigiani, Susan Wiggs, Geerten Meijsing, Randy Alcorn, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Matthew Pearl, Sarah Addison Allen, Sharon Lee, Lynn Viehl, Sholem Berger, Tatiana Holway, Neal Asher, Sabrina Jeffries, Sherryl Woods, Andrew Vachss — see the full list.

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (531,600), Stephen King (402,332), Terry Pratchett (334,617), J. R. R. Tolkien (257,003), C. S. Lewis (241,021), Neil Gaiman (220,065), William Shakespeare (211,298), Nora Roberts (205,474), Agatha Christie (190,285), James Patterson (169,790), Jane Austen (165,538), Isaac Asimov (159,742), Stephenie Meyer (157,222), Charles Dickens (153,058), John Grisham (141,936), Dan Brown (132,398), Orson Scott Card (131,413), Anne McCaffrey (130,686), Janet Evanovich (129,652), Kurt Vonnegut (123,337), Anne Rice (119,318), Dean Koontz (119,279), Dr. Seuss (117,975), Douglas Adams (117,951), George Orwell (116,271), Roald Dahl (112,381), Robert A. Heinlein (112,324), John Steinbeck (111,372), Mercedes Lackey (110,063), Charlaine Harris (104,087), George R. R. Martin (102,983), Laurell K. Hamilton (101,086), Margaret Atwood (99,522), Mark Twain (98,585), Robert Jordan (97,392), Suzanne Collins (96,294), Michael Crichton (93,645), Ernest Hemingway (93,421), Piers Anthony (91,657), Lemony Snicket (91,410), Fyodor Dostoevsky (89,921), Haruki Murakami (88,356), Ray Bradbury (86,043), Philip Pullman (84,669), Mary Pope Osborne (83,701), Gabriel García Márquez (82,885), Jim Butcher (79,857), Bill Bryson (79,591), Philip K. Dick (78,338), David Eddings (78,286), Jodi Picoult (78,236), Tom Clancy (77,894), Ursula K. Le Guin (77,822), Patricia Cornwell (76,647), F. Scott Fitzgerald (75,639), Rick Riordan (74,856), Frank Herbert (74,144), J. D. Salinger (73,045), Arthur C. Clarke (72,727), Tamora Pierce (72,356), Anonymous (72,046), Arthur Conan Doyle (71,932), Neal Stephenson (71,443), Carolyn Keene (71,218), L. M. Montgomery (71,050), Alexander McCall Smith (68,972), Chuck Palahniuk (67,562), John Irving (67,183), Umberto Eco (66,951), Stieg Larsson (66,634), Madeleine L'Engle (66,561), Michael Connelly (66,503), Marion Zimmer Bradley (65,548), Leo Tolstoy (63,558), Nicholas Sparks (63,275) — show more

50 "completist" authors

Average number of books in a collection, if there's one.

Tracy Hickman (50.03), Marc Hempel (44.61), Wilhelm Grimm (44.1), Gentry Lee (37.01), Mark Victor Hansen (28.24), Edward FitzGerald (27.73), John L. Bull (26.77), Sam Kieth (25.64), Simone Beck (25.23), Mike Allred (19.98), Richmond Lattimore (19.95), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (19.8), Jerry B. Jenkins (19.79), Skip Williams (18.67), Charles Vess (17.28), Kenneth Robeson (17.13), Lincoln Child (17), Richard Sapir (16.76), Albert Uderzo (15.8), Deborah Turner Harris (15.04), Yumi Tamura (13.91), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (13.43), Scott Dikkers (13.18), CLAMP (13.11), Jerry Pournelle (12.94), Nora Roberts (12.82), Saki Hiwatari (12.71), James Axler (12.59), Neta Jackson (12.58), Margit Sandemo (12.53), Walter Ralston Martin (12.47), Warren Murphy (12.46), Dave McKean (12.4), Mercedes Lackey (12.4), Chie Shinohara (12.33), Jack Cohen (12.27), Jill Thompson (11.98), Friedrich Engels (11.76), Don Pendleton (11.7), Rumiko Takahashi (11.49), Bryan Talbot (11.34), Roger Leloup (11.32), Eiichiro Oda (11.27), Yoko Kamio (11.21), Naoki Urasawa (11.07), Sean Michael (11.06), Rob Kaplan (11.06), K. H. Scheer (11.02), Gosho Aoyama (11), Frank W. Abagnale (10.77) — show more

Notes: See standard deviation for more on this concept. Basically, if everyone basically agrees that an author's books are good or bad, the standard deviation is low. If opinions differ a lot, the standard deviation of ratings is high. All statistics are updated daily, if possible, or more frequently.

 

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