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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 (4.74/288/129), Crossway Bibles (4.7/560/500), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.7/96/75), Arthur G. Bennett (4.69/181/181), Ollie Johnston (4.67/90/79), William R. Trumble (4.66/82/82), William M. Gaines (4.66/396/61), Karl Elliger (4.65/103/103), Frank H. Netter (4.65/93/50), Lin-Manuel Miranda (4.63/54/57), Harold Abelson (4.62/212/209), Luigi Serafini (4.62/101/99), Bill Watterson (4.61/9939/3103), Richard Williams (4.61/53/53), Steve Purcell (4.6/71/59), Don Rosa (4.6/478/179), George Frideric Handel (4.59/201/87), June Hiatt (4.57/68/68), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.57/308/186), Avraham Azrieli (4.57/289/149), Ninya Mikhaila (4.57/61/61), Russel Lazega (4.56/56/56), Carla Emery (4.55/97/97), Bryan Stevenson (4.55/162/162), Albert Seba (4.54/60/57), Harold McGee (4.54/419/392), Michael Whelan (4.54/89/67), Eberhard Nestle (4.54/196/194), Peter Menzel (4.54/293/257), Johann Sebastian Bach (4.53/359/133), Alexander Roberts (4.53/111/55), Robert A. Caro (4.53/1058/570), Ludwig van Beethoven (4.53/321/114), Rena Kornreich Gelissen (4.53/52/52), Robert Kapilow (4.53/115/115), Stanley Kunitz (4.52/81/68), Ki Longfellow (4.52/252/190), Drew Daywalt (4.52/471/419), Adam Tooze (4.52/70/66), Tom Tierney (4.52/610/89), Douglas A. Blackmon (4.52/77/77), Matthew Desmond (4.52/105/105), David Allen Sibley (4.52/459/286), W. Richard Stevens (4.52/301/178), Menena Cottin (4.51/120/120), Jeff Brumbeau (4.51/98/78), Jim Pojar (4.51/68/60) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.63/62/62), Robin Wyatt Dunn (2.15/95/79), Randy Davila (2.15/122/122), Christopher Ransom (2.18/136/131), Hal Lindsey (2.38/152/99), 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 (2.56/207/198), Simon Cox (2.58/90/86), Melissa P. (2.59/200/192), Alexandra Ulysses (2.6/87/87), Nancy Balbirer (2.6/60/60), Emma Tennant (2.61/214/173), Arabella Weir (2.64/62/58), Joanne Dahme (2.65/54/51), Adèle Lang (2.66/58/57), The Goldman Family (2.67/67/67), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.68/90/90), Ellen Fein (2.68/90/71), John Milne (2.69/64/57), Anna Sam (2.7/61/61), Catherine Millet (2.72/212/207), Andrew Keen (2.73/160/160), Erich von Däniken (2.73/550/381), Jacquelyn Cook (2.73/97/89), Simon (2.73/174/143), Phoenix Desmond (2.73/55/56), Trudy Baker (2.73/67/63), Eden Cole (2.75/119/55), Charlotte Roche (2.76/327/311), Steve Lookner (2.76/73/67), Douglas Monroe (2.77/59/51), Naomi Kramer (2.78/80/74), James Bradley (2.78/140/134), Thomas Kohnstamm (2.79/52/52), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Michael Drosnin (2.8/149/133), Tawny Taylor (2.8/145/98), Phil Hellmuth (2.81/62/59), Jill Price (2.81/52/52), Heleen van Royen (2.81/196/125), Grant R. Jeffrey (2.81/85/62), Nostradamus (2.82/99/85), Xaviera Hollander (2.82/86/78), Theresa Schwegel (2.82/110/96), Dell Shannon (2.83/378/59), Michael Avallone (2.83/69/52), Philip Prowse (2.83/305/240) — 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, 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, Katie MacAlister, James Dashner, 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, Alan Furst, Susan Wiggs, Edward R. Tufte, Randy Alcorn, Marie Jones, Sarah Addison Allen, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Sharon Lee, Geerten Meijsing, Matthew Pearl, Lynn Viehl, Sherryl Woods, Neal Asher, Tatiana Holway — see the full list.

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (568,644), Stephen King (442,572), Terry Pratchett (358,722), J. R. R. Tolkien (279,214), C. S. Lewis (264,362), Neil Gaiman (241,010), William Shakespeare (231,929), Nora Roberts (230,545), Agatha Christie (212,227), James Patterson (193,805), Jane Austen (178,437), Isaac Asimov (171,711), Stephenie Meyer (167,919), Charles Dickens (167,228), John Grisham (155,858), Janet Evanovich (142,086), Dan Brown (141,046), Orson Scott Card (140,800), Anne McCaffrey (139,382), Dr. Seuss (135,167), Dean Koontz (131,874), Kurt Vonnegut (131,383), Anne Rice (127,456), Douglas Adams (125,402), George Orwell (125,136), Roald Dahl (124,534), John Steinbeck (120,099), Robert A. Heinlein (118,566), Mercedes Lackey (118,102), George R. R. Martin (117,957), Charlaine Harris (113,765), Margaret Atwood (108,471), Mark Twain (108,009), Suzanne Collins (107,553), Laurell K. Hamilton (107,386), Robert Jordan (104,444), Ernest Hemingway (101,327), Lemony Snicket (101,155), Michael Crichton (100,769), Mary Pope Osborne (98,142), Piers Anthony (97,055), Fyodor Dostoevsky (96,601), Haruki Murakami (96,474), Ray Bradbury (93,792), Rick Riordan (90,960), Philip Pullman (90,609), Jim Butcher (89,490), Gabriel García Márquez (88,581), Bill Bryson (86,058), Philip K. Dick (84,886), Jodi Picoult (84,423), Ursula K. Le Guin (84,391), Patricia Cornwell (84,371), Tom Clancy (83,498), David Eddings (83,055), F. Scott Fitzgerald (81,803), Arthur Conan Doyle (80,640), Carolyn Keene (80,139), Frank Herbert (79,127), Arthur C. Clarke (78,053), L. M. Montgomery (77,660), Tamora Pierce (77,621), J. D. Salinger (77,343), Neal Stephenson (76,777), Alexander McCall Smith (75,490), Michael Connelly (75,458), Umberto Eco (72,054), Madeleine L'Engle (71,809), Chuck Palahniuk (71,736), Stieg Larsson (71,624), John Irving (71,024), Nicholas Sparks (70,260), Leo Tolstoy (69,342), Marion Zimmer Bradley (69,274), Clive Cussler (68,733) — show more

50 "completist" authors

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

Colleen Doran (60.33), Tracy Hickman (53.03), Wilhelm Grimm (49.7), Christopher Tolkien (47.49), Marc Hempel (46.19), Gentry Lee (39.57), Charles Vess (35.23), Mark Victor Hansen (31.2), George R. Stewart (28.9), John L. Bull (28.59), Sam Kieth (27.95), Simone Beck (27.11), Jerry B. Jenkins (21.89), Mike Allred (21.57), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (20.61), Albert Uderzo (19.49), Skip Williams (19.36), Lincoln Child (19.33), Richard Sapir (18.82), Tasha Tudor (18.57), Kenneth Robeson (18.01), Bryan Talbot (17.32), Jack Du Brul (15.55), Deborah Turner Harris (15.52), Jerry Pournelle (14.96), Yumi Tamura (14.75), P. Craig Russell (14.73), Don Pendleton (14.62), Nora Roberts (14.42), Neta Jackson (14.26), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (14.13), Warren Murphy (13.98), CLAMP (13.96), Scott Dikkers (13.85), Chie Shinohara (13.83), Walter Ralston Martin (13.73), James Axler (13.64), Dave McKean (13.61), Margit Sandemo (13.51), Eiichiro Oda (13.49), Ann Hood (13.33), Mercedes Lackey (13.31), Milo Manara (13.27), Jack Cohen (13.2), Friedrich Engels (12.97), Roger Leloup (12.95), Saki Hiwatari (12.94), Naoki Urasawa (12.75), K. J. Parker (12.72), Rumiko Takahashi (12.69) — 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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