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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), Janet Arnold (4.75/289/130), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.73/82/82), Crossway Bibles (4.7/571/509), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.7/96/75), Arthur G. Bennett (4.69/185/185), Ollie Johnston (4.68/91/79), William R. Trumble (4.67/83/83), William M. Gaines (4.66/397/62), Frank H. Netter (4.65/94/51), Karl Elliger (4.65/103/103), Harold Abelson (4.62/214/211), Bill Watterson (4.61/10021/3127), Richard Williams (4.61/53/53), George Frideric Handel (4.59/201/87), Luigi Serafini (4.59/104/102), Don Rosa (4.58/485/181), Lin-Manuel Miranda (4.58/68/72), June Hiatt (4.57/68/68), Avraham Azrieli (4.57/291/150), Russel Lazega (4.57/59/59), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.57/311/187), Ninya Mikhaila (4.56/60/60), Bryan Stevenson (4.55/177/177), Steve Purcell (4.55/76/58), Carla Emery (4.55/97/97), Albert Seba (4.54/60/57), Harold McGee (4.54/421/394), Drew Daywalt (4.54/506/469), Michael Whelan (4.54/89/67), Eberhard Nestle (4.54/198/196), Peter Menzel (4.54/295/258), Alexander Roberts (4.53/111/55), Rena Kornreich Gelissen (4.53/52/52), Lindsay Mattick (4.53/92/104), Robert A. Caro (4.53/1075/576), Stanley Kunitz (4.52/81/68), Menena Cottin (4.52/123/123), Ki Longfellow (4.52/252/190), Robert Kapilow (4.52/116/116), Douglas A. Blackmon (4.52/78/78), W. Richard Stevens (4.52/301/178), Tom Tierney (4.51/611/88), Jeff Brumbeau (4.51/98/78), Ludwig van Beethoven (4.51/349/114), Helen F.M. Leary (4.51/62/58), Jim Pojar (4.51/68/60), The Lockman Foundation (4.51/142/138), Margaret Grieve (4.51/97/69) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.63/63/63), Randy Davila (2.15/122/122), Robin Wyatt Dunn (2.17/96/80), Christopher Ransom (2.18/137/132), Hal Lindsey (2.36/154/100), Jessica Cutler (2.38/56/56), Rebecca Campbell (2.46/60/55), Sue Lange (2.52/63/58), Michael Gerber (2.53/205/164), John B. Olson (2.53/197/188), Simon Cox (2.58/90/86), O. J. Simpson (2.58/77/75), Melissa P. (2.59/200/192), Alexandra Ulysses (2.6/87/87), Nancy Balbirer (2.6/60/60), Arabella Weir (2.61/63/59), Emma Tennant (2.61/215/173), Joanne Dahme (2.65/54/51), Adèle Lang (2.66/58/57), Ellen Fein (2.68/91/72), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.68/90/90), John Milne (2.71/65/58), Simon (2.71/175/144), Catherine Millet (2.72/211/206), Erich von Däniken (2.72/556/385), Anna Sam (2.72/63/63), Jacquelyn Cook (2.73/97/89), Trudy Baker (2.73/67/63), Janet Groth (2.75/51/51), Eden Cole (2.75/119/55), Andrew Keen (2.75/165/165), Charlotte Roche (2.76/329/313), Steve Lookner (2.76/73/67), Phoenix Desmond (2.77/56/56), Douglas Monroe (2.77/59/51), James Bradley (2.78/140/133), Naomi Kramer (2.78/80/74), Michael Drosnin (2.78/151/135), Thomas Kohnstamm (2.79/52/52), Robin Kirman (2.79/50/50), Vonna Harper (2.79/86/50), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Phil Hellmuth (2.8/61/58), Tawny Taylor (2.8/146/99), Heleen van Royen (2.81/196/125), Jill Price (2.81/53/53), Grant R. Jeffrey (2.81/85/62), Xaviera Hollander (2.81/88/80), Nostradamus (2.81/97/83), Theresa Schwegel (2.82/110/96) — 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.

Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (1.96), Joseph Smith (1.71), Victoria Foyt (1.63), Holy Ghost Writer (1.49), Natalie Gittelson (1.49), Sayed A. A. Razwy (1.44), Douglas Monroe (1.44), Hal Lindsey (1.43), Mrs. Henry Wood (1.43), Michael J. Behe (1.43), Rick Joyner (1.42), John Hagee (1.42), Robert Newcomb (1.41), Immanuel Velikovsky (1.4), Alexandra Ulysses (1.39), Judy Katschke (1.39), Lois H. Gresh (1.39), Adolf Hitler (1.39), Debi Pearl (1.38), David Icke (1.37), E. L. James (1.37), Andrew Sinclair (1.37), Stan Lauryssens (1.36), Sharon Lathan (1.36), William Cooper (1.36), Miley Cyrus (1.35), Rhonda Byrne (1.35), Kevin Trudeau (1.35), Charles Grandison Finney (1.35), A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1.34), John Maynard Keynes (1.33), T. Lobsang Rampa (1.33), Jessica Cutler (1.33), William P. Young (1.33), C. I. Scofield (1.33), Ravinder Singh (1.32), Richard Abanes (1.32), Mark Booth (1.32), Douglas Glover (1.32), Kirsty Moseley (1.31), Michael Pearl (1.31), Nina Malkin (1.31), William Dembski (1.31), L. Ron Hubbard (1.31), Ken Ham (1.31), Simon (1.31), Omar Tyree (1.31), Madeline Sheehan (1.31), Cait London (1.31), Cristian YoungMiller (1.3) — show more

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, Jennifer Weiner, Naomi Novik, Patrick Rothfuss, James Rollins, Joe Hill, Elizabeth Bear, Nancy Holder, Lisa See, James Dashner, Katie MacAlister, Andrew Gross, 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, Susan Wiggs, Alan Furst, Edward R. Tufte, Randy Alcorn, Sarah Addison Allen, Marie Jones, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Sharon Lee, Geerten Meijsing, Matthew Pearl, Lynn Viehl, Sherryl Woods, Neal Asher, Deborah Harkness — see the full list.

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (573,069), Stephen King (447,436), Terry Pratchett (361,614), J. R. R. Tolkien (281,780), C. S. Lewis (267,026), Neil Gaiman (243,312), William Shakespeare (234,607), Nora Roberts (234,193), Agatha Christie (214,855), James Patterson (197,190), Jane Austen (179,967), Isaac Asimov (173,160), Charles Dickens (168,640), Stephenie Meyer (168,125), John Grisham (157,655), Janet Evanovich (143,416), Dan Brown (141,958), Orson Scott Card (141,933), Anne McCaffrey (140,427), Dr. Seuss (137,528), Dean Koontz (133,083), Kurt Vonnegut (132,377), Anne Rice (128,410), Roald Dahl (126,263), George Orwell (126,142), Douglas Adams (126,043), John Steinbeck (121,118), Robert A. Heinlein (119,472), George R. R. Martin (119,210), Mercedes Lackey (119,091), Charlaine Harris (114,761), Margaret Atwood (109,597), Mark Twain (109,108), Suzanne Collins (108,637), Laurell K. Hamilton (108,150), Robert Jordan (105,359), Lemony Snicket (102,267), Ernest Hemingway (102,117), Michael Crichton (101,682), Mary Pope Osborne (100,105), Piers Anthony (97,813), Fyodor Dostoevsky (97,426), Haruki Murakami (97,257), Ray Bradbury (94,784), Rick Riordan (92,985), Philip Pullman (91,193), Jim Butcher (90,558), Gabriel García Márquez (89,207), Bill Bryson (86,850), Philip K. Dick (85,645), Jodi Picoult (85,459), Ursula K. Le Guin (85,272), Patricia Cornwell (85,200), Tom Clancy (84,241), David Eddings (83,589), F. Scott Fitzgerald (82,562), Arthur Conan Doyle (81,586), Carolyn Keene (81,314), Frank Herbert (79,625), Arthur C. Clarke (78,739), L. M. Montgomery (78,498), Tamora Pierce (78,182), J. D. Salinger (77,741), Neal Stephenson (77,409), Michael Connelly (76,560), Alexander McCall Smith (76,154), Madeleine L'Engle (72,465), Umberto Eco (72,377), Chuck Palahniuk (72,170), Stieg Larsson (72,016), John Irving (71,399), Nicholas Sparks (71,222), Leo Tolstoy (70,043), Anonymous (69,997), Clive Cussler (69,789) — show more

50 "completist" authors

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

Colleen Doran (60.59), Tracy Hickman (53.34), Wilhelm Grimm (51.17), Christopher Tolkien (48.01), Marc Hempel (46.45), Gentry Lee (39.95), Charles Vess (34.3), Mark Victor Hansen (31.61), Edward FitzGerald (30.77), George R. Stewart (29.25), John L. Bull (28.75), Simone Beck (27.32), Jerry B. Jenkins (22.15), Mike Allred (21.92), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (20.68), Albert Uderzo (19.66), Lincoln Child (19.53), Skip Williams (19.39), Richard Sapir (18.95), Tasha Tudor (18.87), Kenneth Robeson (17.95), Bryan Talbot (17.41), Jack Du Brul (15.86), Deborah Turner Harris (15.55), Jerry Pournelle (15.05), Yumi Tamura (14.86), P. Craig Russell (14.81), Don Pendleton (14.74), Nora Roberts (14.63), Neta Jackson (14.49), Eiichiro Oda (14.27), Warren Murphy (14.09), CLAMP (14.04), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (13.93), Scott Dikkers (13.93), Walter Ralston Martin (13.86), Chie Shinohara (13.86), James Axler (13.85), Dave McKean (13.74), Ann Hood (13.74), Margit Sandemo (13.51), Friedrich Engels (13.44), Mercedes Lackey (13.41), Milo Manara (13.34), Jack Cohen (13.32), Roger Leloup (13.11), Saki Hiwatari (13.05), Daisy Meadows (13), Naoki Urasawa (12.91), K. J. Parker (12.84) — 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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