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50 top-rated authors

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

Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), Janet Arnold (4.75/292/131), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.73/86/86), William R. Trumble (4.7/81/81), Crossway Bibles (4.69/616/537), Arthur G. Bennett (4.69/192/193), Ollie Johnston (4.68/91/79), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.67/98/77), Karl Elliger (4.65/103/103), Frank H. Netter (4.64/95/53), William M. Gaines (4.64/388/62), Harold Abelson (4.63/213/210), Richard Williams (4.62/54/54), Bill Watterson (4.62/10150/3169), Kate Moore (4.61/46/50), Angie Thomas (4.6/110/113), George Frideric Handel (4.59/207/90), Luigi Serafini (4.58/108/105), Bryan Stevenson (4.58/230/232), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.58/328/196), Avraham Azrieli (4.58/290/150), Ninya Mikhaila (4.57/61/61), June Hiatt (4.57/69/69), Russel Lazega (4.56/62/62), Drew Daywalt (4.56/655/558), Steve Purcell (4.55/76/58), Harold McGee (4.55/426/400), Jeff Brumbeau (4.55/102/82), Lin-Manuel Miranda (4.55/116/118), Rena Kornreich Gelissen (4.55/54/54), James Jean (4.55/76/51), Don Rosa (4.54/516/183), Carla Emery (4.54/98/98), Michael Whelan (4.54/89/68), Eberhard Nestle (4.54/205/202), Albert Seba (4.53/61/58), Brandon Stanton (4.53/202/172), John Williams (4.53/105/63), Lindsay Mattick (4.53/127/127), Robert A. Caro (4.52/1107/593), Menena Cottin (4.52/129/129), Ki Longfellow (4.52/252/190), Douglas A. Blackmon (4.52/84/84), Laurie Westphal (4.51/102/84), W. Richard Stevens (4.51/304/178), Stanley Kunitz (4.51/79/69), Tom Tierney (4.51/613/90), Margaret Grieve (4.51/98/70), Jim Pojar (4.51/68/60), David Allen Sibley (4.51/461/289) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.67/67/66), Randy Davila (2.15/123/123), Christopher Ransom (2.18/140/134), Robin Wyatt Dunn (2.18/110/91), Hal Lindsey (2.38/155/102), Jessica Cutler (2.38/56/56), Rebecca Campbell (2.45/59/54), Michael Gerber (2.52/205/164), Sue Lange (2.52/63/58), John B. Olson (2.55/199/190), Simon Cox (2.58/90/86), Melissa P. (2.6/199/191), Alexandra Ulysses (2.6/87/87), Nancy Balbirer (2.6/60/60), O. J. Simpson (2.61/79/77), Emma Tennant (2.62/217/175), Arabella Weir (2.64/63/59), Ellen Fein (2.66/89/70), Joanne Dahme (2.67/55/52), Alexander Campion (2.68/56/50), Adèle Lang (2.68/58/57), John Milne (2.69/65/58), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.69/90/90), Janet Groth (2.7/55/55), Simon (2.7/175/144), Trudy Baker (2.72/67/63), Douglas Monroe (2.72/59/51), Anna Sam (2.72/63/63), Catherine Millet (2.73/215/210), Erich von Däniken (2.73/557/386), Jacquelyn Cook (2.73/97/89), Eden Cole (2.74/120/54), Andrew Keen (2.75/170/169), Robin Kirman (2.75/54/54), Michael Drosnin (2.77/154/137), Charlotte Roche (2.77/326/311), James Bradley (2.78/142/138), Vonna Harper (2.78/88/51), Thomas Kohnstamm (2.79/52/52), Nostradamus (2.79/97/83), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Phil Hellmuth (2.8/62/59), Tracy Quan (2.81/118/93), Phoenix Desmond (2.81/57/57), Mitzi Szereto (2.81/55/50), Grant R. Jeffrey (2.81/85/62), Heleen van Royen (2.82/195/124), Tawny Taylor (2.82/149/101), Philip Prowse (2.83/306/241), Jill Price (2.83/52/52) — 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.

50 uncontroversial authors

The least divergent star ratings. Must have 50 raters.

Authors who LibraryThing (complete list)

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

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (590,268), Stephen King (452,071), Terry Pratchett (369,219), J. R. R. Tolkien (288,826), C. S. Lewis (275,497), Neil Gaiman (250,730), William Shakespeare (242,145), Nora Roberts (241,751), Agatha Christie (219,627), James Patterson (206,764), Jane Austen (184,545), Isaac Asimov (176,980), Charles Dickens (173,897), Stephenie Meyer (171,175), John Grisham (163,182), Janet Evanovich (147,559), Orson Scott Card (145,089), Dr. Seuss (144,724), Dan Brown (144,714), Anne McCaffrey (143,470), Dean Koontz (136,734), Kurt Vonnegut (135,151), Anne Rice (130,789), Roald Dahl (130,680), George Orwell (129,507), Douglas Adams (128,652), John Steinbeck (124,274), George R. R. Martin (123,466), Robert A. Heinlein (121,837), Mercedes Lackey (121,435), Charlaine Harris (117,448), Margaret Atwood (113,405), Mark Twain (112,399), Suzanne Collins (112,323), Laurell K. Hamilton (110,341), Robert Jordan (107,931), Mary Pope Osborne (107,560), Lemony Snicket (106,116), Ernest Hemingway (104,848), Michael Crichton (104,199), Piers Anthony (100,404), Haruki Murakami (100,323), Fyodor Dostoevsky (100,137), Rick Riordan (98,866), Ray Bradbury (97,212), Jim Butcher (93,314), Philip Pullman (92,978), Gabriel García Márquez (91,443), Bill Bryson (89,077), Philip K. Dick (88,287), Jodi Picoult (88,114), Ursula K. Le Guin (87,811), Patricia Cornwell (87,724), David Eddings (85,559), Tom Clancy (85,191), F. Scott Fitzgerald (84,676), Carolyn Keene (84,641), Arthur Conan Doyle (84,431), Frank Herbert (81,232), L. M. Montgomery (80,913), Arthur C. Clarke (80,677), Tamora Pierce (79,950), Michael Connelly (79,847), J. D. Salinger (79,160), Neal Stephenson (78,969), Alexander McCall Smith (78,612), Madeleine L'Engle (74,530), Umberto Eco (74,087), Nicholas Sparks (73,691), Chuck Palahniuk (73,524), Stieg Larsson (73,417), Clive Cussler (72,896), John Irving (72,598), Leo Tolstoy (72,097), R. L. Stine (71,048) — show more

50 "completist" authors

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

Colleen Doran (61.7), Tracy Hickman (54.99), Wilhelm Grimm (52.85), Christopher Tolkien (49.29), Marc Hempel (47.14), Gentry Lee (40.64), Charles Vess (34.84), Mark Victor Hansen (32.63), Edward FitzGerald (31.41), George R. Stewart (29.86), John L. Bull (29.66), Simone Beck (28.04), Jerry B. Jenkins (23.45), Albert Uderzo (22.53), Mike Allred (22.34), Ralph Steadman (21.29), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (21), Lincoln Child (20.71), Skip Williams (20.42), Tasha Tudor (19.55), Richard Sapir (19.27), Kenneth Robeson (18.24), Bryan Talbot (17.86), Jack Du Brul (16.67), Deborah Turner Harris (15.83), Eiichiro Oda (15.37), Jerry Pournelle (15.37), Don Pendleton (15.29), Neta Jackson (15.24), Nora Roberts (15.1), P. Craig Russell (15.1), Yumi Tamura (14.86), Ann Hood (14.6), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (14.57), Walter Ralston Martin (14.57), CLAMP (14.39), Warren Murphy (14.34), Daisy Meadows (14.31), Margit Sandemo (14.17), Scott Dikkers (14.13), James Axler (14.09), Chie Shinohara (13.98), Dave McKean (13.89), Friedrich Engels (13.88), Mercedes Lackey (13.69), Milo Manara (13.6), Jack Cohen (13.59), Roger Leloup (13.26), Naoki Urasawa (13.26), K. J. Parker (13.25) — 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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