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50 top-rated authors

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

Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.76/81/81), Janet Arnold (4.74/286/128), Crossway Bibles (4.7/536/482), William R. Trumble (4.7/80/80), Arthur G. Bennett (4.69/171/171), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.69/93/72), Ollie Johnston (4.69/88/76), William M. Gaines (4.68/393/60), Karl Elliger (4.65/101/101), Jennifer Block (4.63/50/50), Harold Abelson (4.62/210/207), Luigi Serafini (4.62/94/92), Don Rosa (4.61/450/168), Bill Watterson (4.61/9648/3002), Georg Friedrich Händel (4.61/198/85), Richard Williams (4.61/52/52), Steve Purcell (4.59/70/58), Ninya Mikhaila (4.58/60/60), Tom Tierney (4.57/602/87), Avraham Azrieli (4.57/287/148), Michael Whelan (4.57/84/63), Carla Emery (4.56/93/93), Adam Tooze (4.56/64/63), Jeff Brumbeau (4.56/90/72), June Hiatt (4.56/67/67), Ki Longfellow (4.56/247/185), Albert Seba (4.55/57/54), Harold McGee (4.55/408/381), Rena Kornreich Gelissen (4.55/50/50), Stanley Kunitz (4.54/78/65), Adam Makos (4.54/104/107), Johann Sebastian Bach (4.54/341/127), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.54/280/174), Eberhard Nestle (4.54/195/193), Robert A. Caro (4.54/1018/549), James C. Christensen (4.53/78/72), David Allen Sibley (4.53/455/285), Robert Kapilow (4.53/114/114), Drew Daywalt (4.53/315/308), Peter Menzel (4.53/287/252), Aaron Becker (4.52/186/168), United States. (4.52/103/102), W. Richard Stevens (4.52/297/175), Jane Sowerby (4.52/167/167), Jim Pojar (4.51/58/58), Douglas A. Blackmon (4.51/71/71), Gail Boushey (4.51/72/54), The Lockman Foundation (4.5/141/137), Ludwig van Beethoven (4.5/280/106) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.55/58/58), Books LLC (1.83/221/50), Robin Wyatt Dunn (2.05/76/66), Randy Davila (2.17/121/121), Christopher Ransom (2.17/132/127), Hal Lindsey (2.36/144/94), 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 (2.55/204/164), Ellen Fein (2.56/80/64), Simon Cox (2.59/88/84), Alexandra Ulysses (2.6/87/87), Melissa P. (2.61/192/184), Emma Tennant (2.62/200/164), Arabella Weir (2.65/61/57), Adèle Lang (2.65/57/56), Joanne Dahme (2.66/53/50), Anna Sam (2.66/59/59), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.67/88/88), John Milne (2.67/63/56), Simon (2.69/168/138), Andrew Keen (2.71/155/155), Erich von Däniken (2.72/528/365), Jacquelyn Cook (2.72/96/88), Trudy Baker (2.73/66/62), Phoenix Desmond (2.73/55/55), Catherine Millet (2.73/211/206), Charlotte Roche (2.75/322/307), Kevin Trudeau (2.75/95/85), Thomas Kohnstamm (2.76/50/50), Douglas Monroe (2.77/59/51), The Goldman Family (2.78/58/58), Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society (2.79/260/90), Steve Lookner (2.79/70/64), Robert D. Stueart (2.79/58/59), James Bradley (2.79/133/130), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Tawny Taylor (2.79/134/90), Michael Drosnin (2.8/144/128), Naomi Kramer (2.8/70/68), Theresa Schwegel (2.8/109/95), Phil Hellmuth (2.81/62/59), Jill Price (2.81/52/52), Heleen van Royen (2.81/193/124), Dell Shannon (2.81/373/55), Nostradamus (2.82/95/81), Grant R. Jeffrey (2.82/82/60) — 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, John Green, Don Maitz, David Brin, Sandra Brown, Brandon Sanderson, Laurie R. King, Jon Scieszka, Jude Deveraux, Laurie Halse Anderson, Diane Duane, Ann Brashares, Jennifer Weiner, Naomi Novik, Patrick Rothfuss, James Rollins, Lisa See, Joe Hill, Katie MacAlister, Elizabeth Bear, Andrew Gross, John Carey, Chris Bohjalian, Dan Chaon, James Dashner, Janny Wurts, Nancy Holder, Melissa Marr, Manon Smits, Sarah M. Anderson, Susan Mallery, Jo Beverley, Sharon Kay Penman, Tite Kubo, Susan Wittig Albert, Adriana Trigiani, Edward R. Tufte, Alan Furst, Susan Wiggs, Randy Alcorn, Sarah Addison Allen, Marie Jones, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Geerten Meijsing, Matthew Pearl, Sharon Lee, Lynn Viehl, Tatiana Holway, Adriana Hunter — see the full list.

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (548,784), Stephen King (422,712), Terry Pratchett (347,822), J. R. R. Tolkien (268,790), C. S. Lewis (251,900), Neil Gaiman (231,148), William Shakespeare (220,430), Agatha Christie (202,148), James Patterson (181,414), Jane Austen (171,469), Isaac Asimov (166,598), Stephenie Meyer (161,442), Charles Dickens (159,543), Nora Roberts (150,659), John Grisham (149,205), Orson Scott Card (136,721), Dan Brown (136,637), Janet Evanovich (136,042), Anne McCaffrey (135,774), Kurt Vonnegut (127,705), Dr. Seuss (125,995), Dean Koontz (125,849), Anne Rice (123,402), Douglas Adams (122,079), George Orwell (120,440), Roald Dahl (117,810), Robert A. Heinlein (116,077), John Steinbeck (115,933), Mercedes Lackey (114,991), George R. R. Martin (111,142), Charlaine Harris (109,193), Laurell K. Hamilton (104,377), Margaret Atwood (104,268), Mark Twain (103,421), Suzanne Collins (101,862), Robert Jordan (101,042), Michael Crichton (97,433), Ernest Hemingway (97,393), Lemony Snicket (96,076), Piers Anthony (95,178), Fyodor Dostoevsky (93,279), Haruki Murakami (92,885), Ray Bradbury (89,935), Mary Pope Osborne (89,615), Philip Pullman (87,146), Gabriel García Márquez (85,581), Jim Butcher (85,437), Bill Bryson (82,803), Rick Riordan (82,165), Tom Clancy (82,052), Philip K. Dick (81,770), Jodi Picoult (81,517), Patricia Cornwell (81,346), Ursula K. Le Guin (81,058), David Eddings (80,892), F. Scott Fitzgerald (78,719), Frank Herbert (76,782), Arthur Conan Doyle (76,320), Arthur C. Clarke (75,929), Carolyn Keene (75,309), Tamora Pierce (75,203), J. D. Salinger (75,164), Neal Stephenson (74,558), L. M. Montgomery (73,850), Alexander McCall Smith (72,485), Michael Connelly (71,465), Anonymous (70,160), Chuck Palahniuk (69,763), Umberto Eco (69,531), Stieg Larsson (69,515), John Irving (69,268), Madeleine L'Engle (69,203), J. D. Robb (68,849), Marion Zimmer Bradley (67,701), Nicholas Sparks (66,532) — show more

50 "completist" authors

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

Tracy Hickman (51.62), Wilhelm Grimm (46.32), Marc Hempel (45.67), Gentry Lee (38.39), Mark Victor Hansen (29.3), John L. Bull (27.54), Sam Kieth (26.87), George R. Stewart (26.44), Simone Beck (25.94), Jerry B. Jenkins (20.7), Mike Allred (20.49), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (20.14), Skip Williams (18.89), Richard Sapir (18.15), Lincoln Child (18.03), Kenneth Robeson (17.5), Albert Uderzo (17.19), Charles Vess (16.48), Deborah Turner Harris (15.43), Jerry Pournelle (14.56), Yumi Tamura (14.19), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (13.89), Scott Dikkers (13.53), Don Pendleton (13.52), Warren Murphy (13.49), James Axler (13.41), CLAMP (13.41), Margit Sandemo (13.25), Chie Shinohara (13.21), Neta Jackson (13.21), Dave McKean (13.08), Walter Ralston Martin (13.07), Saki Hiwatari (12.94), Mercedes Lackey (12.88), Milo Manara (12.81), Jack Cohen (12.75), Friedrich Engels (12.44), Eiichiro Oda (12.3), Jill Thompson (12.25), Naoki Urasawa (12.22), K. H. Scheer (12.05), Roger Leloup (11.98), Rumiko Takahashi (11.98), Betty Neels (11.78), Bryan Talbot (11.71), Gosho Aoyama (11.65), Sean Michael (11.58), Rob Kaplan (11.45), Yoko Kamio (11.4), Kentaro Miura (11.35) — 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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