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50 top-rated authors

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

Lesley Brown (4.81/51/50), Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.76/80/80), Janet Arnold (4.74/287/129), Crossway Bibles (4.7/556/498), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.7/94/73), Ollie Johnston (4.69/88/76), Arthur G. Bennett (4.69/178/178), William M. Gaines (4.68/394/61), William R. Trumble (4.66/82/82), Karl Elliger (4.65/103/103), Luigi Serafini (4.63/100/98), Harold Abelson (4.62/211/208), Bill Watterson (4.61/9813/3071), Richard Williams (4.61/53/53), Don Rosa (4.6/472/177), George Frideric Handel (4.6/200/86), Steve Purcell (4.59/70/58), Tom Tierney (4.59/584/88), June Hiatt (4.57/68/68), Avraham Azrieli (4.57/288/149), Ninya Mikhaila (4.57/61/61), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.57/300/184), Carla Emery (4.56/95/95), Matthew Desmond (4.56/86/86), Adam Tooze (4.55/68/65), Stanley Kunitz (4.55/79/66), Michael Whelan (4.55/88/66), Harold McGee (4.54/415/388), Albert Seba (4.54/60/57), Eberhard Nestle (4.54/196/194), Peter Menzel (4.54/291/255), Ki Longfellow (4.54/250/188), Johann Sebastian Bach (4.54/348/128), Robert A. Caro (4.53/1050/564), Drew Daywalt (4.53/434/387), Rena Kornreich Gelissen (4.53/52/52), Robert Kapilow (4.53/115/115), Bryan Stevenson (4.52/143/143), Douglas A. Blackmon (4.52/76/76), David Allen Sibley (4.52/457/285), Alexander Roberts (4.52/112/56), Ludwig van Beethoven (4.52/292/110), W. Richard Stevens (4.52/300/177), Jim Pojar (4.51/67/60), Menena Cottin (4.51/120/120), Robert Bringhurst (4.51/290/261), Brandon Stanton (4.51/166/141), The Lockman Foundation (4.51/142/138), Jeff Brumbeau (4.51/97/77) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.63/62/62), Books LLC (1.83/221/50), Robin Wyatt Dunn (2.08/83/71), Randy Davila (2.15/122/122), Christopher Ransom (2.18/136/131), Jessica Cutler (2.39/55/55), Hal Lindsey (2.41/150/99), Rebecca Campbell (2.46/60/55), Sue Lange (2.52/63/58), Michael Gerber (2.53/205/165), John B. Olson (2.55/204/195), Nancy Balbirer (2.57/61/61), Simon Cox (2.59/88/84), Emma Tennant (2.6/209/170), Alexandra Ulysses (2.6/87/87), Melissa P. (2.6/196/189), Arabella Weir (2.64/62/58), Joanne Dahme (2.65/54/51), Adèle Lang (2.65/57/56), Anna Sam (2.66/59/59), Ellen Fein (2.66/86/68), John Milne (2.67/63/56), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.68/90/90), The Goldman Family (2.71/63/63), Andrew Keen (2.71/159/159), Erich von Däniken (2.72/545/377), Simon (2.72/174/143), Catherine Millet (2.72/212/207), Jacquelyn Cook (2.73/97/89), Phoenix Desmond (2.73/55/55), Trudy Baker (2.73/66/62), Charlotte Roche (2.76/323/308), Steve Lookner (2.76/73/67), Douglas Monroe (2.77/59/51), Eden Cole (2.78/116/52), James Bradley (2.79/137/131), Thomas Kohnstamm (2.79/52/52), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Michael Drosnin (2.8/149/133), Theresa Schwegel (2.8/109/95), Naomi Kramer (2.81/77/71), Tawny Taylor (2.81/142/96), Phil Hellmuth (2.81/62/59), Jill Price (2.81/52/52), Grant R. Jeffrey (2.81/84/61), Heleen van Royen (2.81/196/126), Nostradamus (2.82/98/84), Kevin Trudeau (2.82/101/88), Xaviera Hollander (2.82/86/78), Michael Avallone (2.82/67/50) — 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)

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

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (561,132), Stephen King (436,676), Terry Pratchett (355,720), J. R. R. Tolkien (275,862), C. S. Lewis (259,783), Neil Gaiman (237,532), William Shakespeare (227,450), Nora Roberts (227,172), Agatha Christie (208,202), James Patterson (190,084), Jane Austen (175,842), Isaac Asimov (169,694), Stephenie Meyer (165,667), Charles Dickens (164,803), John Grisham (153,839), Janet Evanovich (140,128), Dan Brown (139,624), Orson Scott Card (139,412), Anne McCaffrey (137,969), Dr. Seuss (131,717), Dean Koontz (130,465), Kurt Vonnegut (130,235), Anne Rice (126,063), Douglas Adams (124,243), George Orwell (123,196), Roald Dahl (121,873), John Steinbeck (118,616), Robert A. Heinlein (117,517), Mercedes Lackey (117,108), George R. R. Martin (115,549), Charlaine Harris (112,397), Margaret Atwood (107,010), Laurell K. Hamilton (106,413), Mark Twain (106,193), Suzanne Collins (105,627), Robert Jordan (103,313), Ernest Hemingway (99,966), Michael Crichton (99,828), Lemony Snicket (99,268), Piers Anthony (96,102), Fyodor Dostoevsky (95,389), Haruki Murakami (95,222), Mary Pope Osborne (94,537), Ray Bradbury (92,555), Philip Pullman (88,845), Jim Butcher (87,975), Rick Riordan (87,853), Gabriel García Márquez (87,563), Bill Bryson (85,034), Philip K. Dick (83,839), Jodi Picoult (83,514), Patricia Cornwell (83,463), Ursula K. Le Guin (83,423), Tom Clancy (82,550), David Eddings (82,467), F. Scott Fitzgerald (80,713), Arthur Conan Doyle (79,205), Frank Herbert (78,469), Carolyn Keene (78,220), Arthur C. Clarke (77,291), Tamora Pierce (76,779), J. D. Salinger (76,571), L. M. Montgomery (76,278), Neal Stephenson (76,003), Alexander McCall Smith (74,392), Michael Connelly (74,207), Umberto Eco (71,162), Chuck Palahniuk (71,040), Stieg Larsson (70,903), Madeleine L'Engle (70,720), John Irving (70,488), Nicholas Sparks (69,070), Marion Zimmer Bradley (68,737), Leo Tolstoy (68,376), Clive Cussler (67,776) — show more

50 "completist" authors

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

Tracy Hickman (52.54), Wilhelm Grimm (48.39), Marc Hempel (45.79), Gentry Lee (39.31), Mark Victor Hansen (30.75), John L. Bull (28.3), Sam Kieth (27.65), George R. Stewart (27.47), Simone Beck (26.75), Jerry B. Jenkins (21.39), Mike Allred (21.09), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (20.47), Skip Williams (19.2), Lincoln Child (19.03), Richard Sapir (18.61), Tasha Tudor (18.18), Albert Uderzo (17.97), Kenneth Robeson (17.95), Charles Vess (16.96), Deborah Turner Harris (15.53), Jack Du Brul (15.37), Jerry Pournelle (14.85), Yumi Tamura (14.72), Don Pendleton (14.49), Nora Roberts (14.2), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (14.06), Warren Murphy (13.86), CLAMP (13.85), Neta Jackson (13.83), Scott Dikkers (13.76), Chie Shinohara (13.63), James Axler (13.56), Margit Sandemo (13.5), Walter Ralston Martin (13.44), Dave McKean (13.39), Mercedes Lackey (13.2), Eiichiro Oda (13.18), Milo Manara (13.08), Jack Cohen (13.05), Saki Hiwatari (12.93), Friedrich Engels (12.85), Naoki Urasawa (12.6), K. H. Scheer (12.59), Roger Leloup (12.58), Jill Thompson (12.56), Rumiko Takahashi (12.43), Kentaro Miura (12.2), Betty Neels (12.08), Sean Michael (12.06), Bryan Talbot (12.01) — 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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