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50 top-rated authors

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

Paul Jackson (7.61/65/61), Jane Wagner (5.79/72/71), Kunihiko Kasahara (5.67/66/54), Geoffrey Budworth (5.25/75/69), Tom Tomorrow (5.18/112/58), Jay Rubin (4.91/108/106), Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.76/81/81), Janet Arnold (4.75/281/125), Crossway Bibles (4.73/187/179), William R. Trumble (4.7/79/79), Luigi Serafini (4.69/80/78), Ollie Johnston (4.69/86/75), Karl Elliger (4.69/97/97), William M. Gaines (4.68/382/56), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.68/85/64), Arthur G. Bennett (4.67/164/164), Harold Abelson (4.65/202/199), Jonathan Larson (4.64/66/58), Steve Purcell (4.63/68/56), Don Rosa (4.62/387/157), Bill Watterson (4.61/9106/2820), Jeff Brumbeau (4.59/80/64), Albert Seba (4.59/55/53), Georg Friedrich Händel (4.59/191/80), Richard Williams (4.59/52/52), Adam Makos (4.59/52/51), United States. (4.58/77/77), Ki Longfellow (4.58/239/177), Tom Tierney (4.58/593/86), Carla Emery (4.57/90/90), Avraham Azrieli (4.57/284/146), James C. Christensen (4.56/74/69), Ninya Mikhaila (4.56/58/58), Wallace Stevens (4.56/458/361), Stanley Kunitz (4.55/70/59), Johann Sebastian Bach (4.55/309/117), Harold McGee (4.55/395/367), Robert A. Caro (4.54/938/505), Larry Gonick (4.54/768/363), June Hiatt (4.54/61/61), David Allen Sibley (4.54/430/268), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.53/261/163), Dougal Dixon (4.53/183/146), W. Richard Stevens (4.53/282/167), Eberhard Nestle (4.53/188/188), Gail Boushey (4.53/71/53), Menena Cottin (4.53/94/94), Peter Menzel (4.53/265/230), Michael Whelan (4.53/79/61) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.47/54/54), Christopher Ransom (2.11/122/119), Randy Davila (2.13/123/123), Hal Lindsey (2.36/144/96), Jessica Cutler (2.42/54/54), Rebecca Campbell (2.45/59/54), Nancy Balbirer (2.52/61/61), John B. Olson (2.53/200/190), Michael Gerber (2.53/199/162), Sue Lange (2.55/63/58), Simon Cox (2.56/85/81), Ellen Fein (2.58/78/62), Alexandra Ulysses (2.59/90/90), Arabella Weir (2.61/56/53), Emma Tennant (2.62/190/157), Melissa P. (2.63/185/178), James Bradley (2.65/121/118), Adèle Lang (2.65/55/54), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.66/86/86), Phoenix Desmond (2.67/57/57), Simon (2.67/164/134), Rachael F. Heller (2.69/55/51), John Milne (2.69/62/55), Andrew Keen (2.71/142/142), Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (2.71/239/53), Trudy Baker (2.72/64/60), Erich von Däniken (2.72/522/347), Jacquelyn Cook (2.72/96/88), Anna Sam (2.73/51/51), Charlotte Roche (2.73/305/294), Catherine Millet (2.73/203/198), Robert D. Stueart (2.75/55/55), Kevin Trudeau (2.77/96/84), The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (2.77/251/83), Naomi Kramer (2.78/53/51), Jessica Adams (2.78/120/89), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Gustavus Hindman Miller (2.8/71/71), Dell Shannon (2.8/367/50), Phil Hellmuth (2.8/60/57), Heleen van Royen (2.8/185/118), Theresa Schwegel (2.81/106/92), Jill Price (2.81/52/52), Tawny Taylor (2.81/118/81), Noah Charney (2.81/145/143), Elliott Roosevelt (2.82/174/59), Sharon Kendrick (2.83/197/55), Michael Drosnin (2.83/140/124), Mel Gilden (2.83/115/80), Claude Izner (2.83/207/173) — 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.

Paul Jackson (21.38), Kunihiko Kasahara (15.15), Jane Wagner (14.47), Jay Rubin (11.88), Tom Tomorrow (11.63), Geoffrey Budworth (11.27), Dougal Dixon (9.17), Marvin Minsky (8.44), John Dennis Fitzgerald (8.38), Kenneth Anger (7.88), Mona Simpson (7.88), Larry Gonick (7.75), Richard Brautigan (7.59), Karel Čapek (7.52), Guy Kawasaki (6.83), Parke Godwin (6.57), David Mamet (6.39), Peter Kuper (6.38), Donald Barthelme (6.17), Wallace Stevens (5.83), Richard Ford (5.8), Howard Norman (5.79), Bertolt Brecht (5.76), Lawrence Ferlinghetti (5.47), Edward Albee (5.2), Woody Allen (4.83), Pete Dexter (4.78), Eugene Ionesco (4.61), Carrie Fisher (4.58), Graeme Base (4.24), Luigi Pirandello (4.19), Tennessee Williams (3.88), Friedrich Nietzsche (3.8), Robert Anton Wilson (3.78), Bob Dylan (3.77), John Barth (3.76), David Macaulay (3.72), Raymond Carver (3.7), Scott McCloud (3.56), G. B. Trudeau (3.46), e. e. cummings (3.45), Charles M. Schulz (3.29), Robert A. Heinlein (3.21), Raymond Chandler (2.96), Ralph Ellison (2.94), Richard P. Feynman (2.89), Graham Greene (2.78), Nikolai Gogol (2.67), Philip Roth (2.67), Carson McCullers (2.67) — show more

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, Laurie R. King, Brandon Sanderson, Jude Deveraux, Diane Duane, Jon Scieszka, Laurie Halse Anderson, Ann Brashares, Naomi Novik, James Rollins, Lisa See, Katie MacAlister, Andrew Gross, Chris Bohjalian, Elizabeth Bear, Janny Wurts, Joe Hill, Dan Chaon, Melissa Marr, Nancy Holder, Jo Beverley, Patrick Rothfuss, Sharon Kay Penman, Tite Kubo, Susan Mallery, Susan Wittig Albert, James Dashner, Edward R. Tufte, Alan Furst, Adriana Trigiani, Susan Wiggs, Randy Alcorn, Matthew Pearl, Lynn Viehl, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Sharon Lee, Sarah Addison Allen, Sholem Berger, Tatiana Holway, Neal Asher, Sabrina Jeffries, C. E. Murphy, Cate Dermody, Andrew Vachss, Sherryl Woods — see the full list.

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (519,835), Stephen King (389,688), Terry Pratchett (326,582), J. R. R. Tolkien (250,023), C. S. Lewis (234,261), Neil Gaiman (213,130), William Shakespeare (208,595), Nora Roberts (200,751), Agatha Christie (184,350), James Patterson (163,761), Jane Austen (161,430), Isaac Asimov (155,178), Stephenie Meyer (154,424), Charles Dickens (148,231), John Grisham (138,020), Dan Brown (129,313), Anne McCaffrey (128,752), Orson Scott Card (128,471), Janet Evanovich (126,190), Kurt Vonnegut (120,508), Anne Rice (116,818), Dean Koontz (116,047), Douglas Adams (115,236), Dr. Seuss (113,460), George Orwell (112,936), Robert A. Heinlein (109,679), Roald Dahl (109,046), John Steinbeck (108,580), Mercedes Lackey (107,980), Charlaine Harris (102,030), Laurell K. Hamilton (99,786), Margaret Atwood (96,691), Mark Twain (95,748), Robert Jordan (94,705), Suzanne Collins (91,957), Michael Crichton (91,783), Ernest Hemingway (90,800), Piers Anthony (90,199), Lemony Snicket (89,181), Fyodor Dostoevsky (87,592), Haruki Murakami (85,194), Ray Bradbury (83,632), Philip Pullman (83,564), George R. R. Martin (81,185), Mary Pope Osborne (80,976), Gabriel García Márquez (80,951), Anonymous (79,999), Bill Bryson (77,546), David Eddings (77,095), Jim Butcher (76,797), Tom Clancy (76,607), Philip K. Dick (76,225), Jodi Picoult (76,106), Ursula K. Le Guin (75,630), Patricia Cornwell (74,602), F. Scott Fitzgerald (73,668), Frank Herbert (72,437), J. D. Salinger (71,620), Tamora Pierce (70,922), Arthur C. Clarke (70,815), Rick Riordan (70,306), Neal Stephenson (70,057), L. M. Montgomery (69,652), Arthur Conan Doyle (69,202), Carolyn Keene (69,152), Alexander McCall Smith (66,920), Chuck Palahniuk (66,463), John Irving (65,992), Umberto Eco (65,310), Madeleine L'Engle (64,948), Stieg Larsson (64,721), Marion Zimmer Bradley (64,582), Michael Connelly (63,869), Leo Tolstoy (61,699), Nicholas Sparks (61,478) — show more

50 "completist" authors

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

Colleen Doran (54.17), Edward FitzGerald (52.97), Tracy Hickman (49.11), Marc Hempel (43.97), Wilhelm Grimm (39.79), Gentry Lee (36.25), Charles Vess (33.82), Mark Victor Hansen (27.48), John L. Bull (26.07), Sam Kieth (24.93), Simone Beck (24.58), Richmond Lattimore (21.85), Mike Allred (20.05), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (19.49), Jerry B. Jenkins (19.02), Skip Williams (18.38), Kenneth Robeson (17.01), Quentin Blake (16.89), Lincoln Child (16.38), Richard Sapir (16.35), Bryan Talbot (15.83), Deborah Turner Harris (14.79), Yumi Tamura (13.69), Albert Uderzo (13.3), Scott Dikkers (12.99), CLAMP (12.79), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (12.78), Margit Sandemo (12.71), Jerry Pournelle (12.65), Nora Roberts (12.54), Saki Hiwatari (12.42), Mercedes Lackey (12.16), Dave McKean (12.08), Walter Ralston Martin (11.96), Jack Cohen (11.93), Warren Murphy (11.89), Neta Jackson (11.84), Jill Thompson (11.78), Chie Shinohara (11.74), Friedrich Engels (11.47), James Axler (11.2), Rumiko Takahashi (11.18), Don Pendleton (11.16), Yoko Kamio (11.06), Eiichiro Oda (11), Sean Michael (10.94), Roger Leloup (10.86), Rob Kaplan (10.79), K. H. Scheer (10.79), Naoki Urasawa (10.56) — 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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