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50 top-rated authors

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

Paul Jackson (7.56/66/62), Jane Wagner (5.8/72/71), Kunihiko Kasahara (5.67/66/54), Geoffrey Budworth (5.23/76/70), Tom Tomorrow (5.19/111/57), Jay Rubin (4.9/110/108), Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.76/82/82), Janet Arnold (4.75/281/125), Crossway Bibles (4.72/193/185), Ollie Johnston (4.7/86/75), William R. Trumble (4.7/79/79), Arthur G. Bennett (4.68/165/165), William M. Gaines (4.68/383/57), Luigi Serafini (4.67/82/80), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.67/89/69), Frank H. Netter (4.66/94/50), Karl Elliger (4.66/100/100), Harold Abelson (4.64/202/199), Steve Purcell (4.63/68/56), Jeff Brumbeau (4.62/81/65), Don Rosa (4.62/396/161), Bill Watterson (4.61/9165/2853), Adam Makos (4.6/57/56), Richard Williams (4.59/53/53), Albert Seba (4.59/55/53), Jonathan Larson (4.59/68/60), Georg Friedrich Händel (4.58/192/81), United States. (4.58/85/85), Ki Longfellow (4.58/239/177), Tom Tierney (4.58/593/86), Carla Emery (4.57/90/90), Avraham Azrieli (4.57/284/146), Ninya Mikhaila (4.56/58/58), Wallace Stevens (4.56/464/363), Johann Sebastian Bach (4.56/315/117), Stanley Kunitz (4.56/71/60), James C. Christensen (4.55/73/68), June Hiatt (4.55/62/62), Harold McGee (4.55/398/370), Larry Gonick (4.55/763/363), David Allen Sibley (4.54/439/275), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.54/268/165), Aaron Becker (4.53/110/102), Robert A. Caro (4.53/955/514), Ludwig van Beethoven (4.53/254/97), W. Richard Stevens (4.53/283/166), Michael Whelan (4.53/79/61), Eberhard Nestle (4.52/192/190), Peter Menzel (4.52/269/234) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.47/54/54), Christopher Ransom (2.13/127/122), Randy Davila (2.15/124/124), Hal Lindsey (2.37/143/95), 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 (2.53/200/190), Michael Gerber (2.54/200/163), Simon Cox (2.56/86/82), Ellen Fein (2.58/78/62), Alexandra Ulysses (2.59/88/88), Melissa P. (2.63/185/178), Emma Tennant (2.63/196/160), Arabella Weir (2.64/59/55), James Bradley (2.65/121/118), Adèle Lang (2.65/55/54), Phoenix Desmond (2.66/57/57), Joanne Dahme (2.66/53/50), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.66/86/86), John Milne (2.69/62/55), Erich von Däniken (2.69/514/350), Simon (2.7/166/136), Rachael F. Heller (2.7/54/50), Andrew Keen (2.72/143/143), Anna Sam (2.72/54/54), Trudy Baker (2.72/65/61), Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (2.72/228/50), Jacquelyn Cook (2.72/96/88), Catherine Millet (2.73/204/199), Charlotte Roche (2.73/310/298), Robert D. Stueart (2.76/56/56), Douglas Monroe (2.77/58/50), The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (2.79/254/85), Kevin Trudeau (2.79/97/85), Sharon Kendrick (2.79/220/60), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Gustavus Hindman Miller (2.8/71/71), Tawny Taylor (2.8/120/83), Dell Shannon (2.8/368/51), Phil Hellmuth (2.81/62/59), Theresa Schwegel (2.81/106/92), Jill Price (2.81/52/52), Noah Charney (2.81/146/144), Elliott Roosevelt (2.82/175/60), Naomi Kramer (2.83/55/53), Michael Drosnin (2.83/140/124), Claude Izner (2.83/212/177), Philip Prowse (2.83/304/239) — 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, Laurie R. King, Brandon Sanderson, Jude Deveraux, Jon Scieszka, Diane Duane, Laurie Halse Anderson, Ann Brashares, Naomi Novik, James Rollins, Lisa See, Katie MacAlister, Andrew Gross, Joe Hill, Elizabeth Bear, Chris Bohjalian, Janny Wurts, Dan Chaon, Melissa Marr, Nancy Holder, Patrick Rothfuss, Jo Beverley, Sharon Kay Penman, Susan Mallery, Tite Kubo, James Dashner, Susan Wittig Albert, Edward R. Tufte, Alan Furst, Adriana Trigiani, Susan Wiggs, Geerten Meijsing, Randy Alcorn, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Matthew Pearl, Sharon Lee, Lynn Viehl, Sarah Addison Allen, Sholem Berger, Tatiana Holway, Neal Asher, Sabrina Jeffries, Sherryl Woods, Andrew Vachss, Charlotte Hughes — see the full list.

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (525,825), Stephen King (396,729), Terry Pratchett (331,076), J. R. R. Tolkien (253,511), C. S. Lewis (237,533), Neil Gaiman (216,908), William Shakespeare (211,019), Nora Roberts (204,354), Agatha Christie (187,716), James Patterson (166,740), Jane Austen (163,384), Isaac Asimov (157,581), Stephenie Meyer (155,782), Charles Dickens (150,610), John Grisham (140,116), Dan Brown (130,828), Orson Scott Card (130,274), Anne McCaffrey (130,185), Janet Evanovich (128,641), Kurt Vonnegut (122,068), Anne Rice (118,395), Dean Koontz (118,024), Douglas Adams (116,793), Dr. Seuss (115,901), George Orwell (114,540), Robert A. Heinlein (111,130), Roald Dahl (110,907), John Steinbeck (109,818), Mercedes Lackey (109,306), Charlaine Harris (103,493), Laurell K. Hamilton (100,781), George R. R. Martin (99,803), Margaret Atwood (98,057), Mark Twain (97,218), Robert Jordan (96,221), Suzanne Collins (94,100), Michael Crichton (92,827), Ernest Hemingway (92,126), Piers Anthony (91,423), Lemony Snicket (90,666), Fyodor Dostoevsky (88,739), Haruki Murakami (86,823), Ray Bradbury (84,967), Philip Pullman (83,905), Mary Pope Osborne (82,414), Gabriel García Márquez (81,971), Bill Bryson (78,582), Jim Butcher (78,314), David Eddings (77,894), Jodi Picoult (77,626), Tom Clancy (77,418), Philip K. Dick (77,392), Ursula K. Le Guin (76,817), Patricia Cornwell (75,881), F. Scott Fitzgerald (74,710), Frank Herbert (73,464), Rick Riordan (72,615), J. D. Salinger (72,307), Tamora Pierce (72,173), Arthur C. Clarke (71,975), Neal Stephenson (70,767), Anonymous (70,563), Carolyn Keene (70,547), L. M. Montgomery (70,526), Arthur Conan Doyle (70,500), Alexander McCall Smith (67,817), Chuck Palahniuk (67,101), John Irving (66,619), Umberto Eco (66,194), Madeleine L'Engle (65,914), Stieg Larsson (65,604), Michael Connelly (65,440), Marion Zimmer Bradley (65,220), Nicholas Sparks (62,788), Leo Tolstoy (62,531) — show more

50 "completist" authors

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

Tracy Hickman (49.78), Marc Hempel (44.41), Wilhelm Grimm (42.15), Gentry Lee (36.78), Quentin Blake (30.96), Mark Victor Hansen (27.9), Edward FitzGerald (27.31), John L. Bull (26.46), Sam Kieth (25.27), Simone Beck (24.99), Charles Vess (24.34), Mike Allred (20.28), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (19.72), Richmond Lattimore (19.72), Jerry B. Jenkins (19.4), Skip Williams (18.53), Kenneth Robeson (17.05), Lincoln Child (16.76), Richard Sapir (16.52), Deborah Turner Harris (14.95), Yumi Tamura (13.8), Albert Uderzo (13.6), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (13.33), Scott Dikkers (13.12), CLAMP (12.97), Jerry Pournelle (12.78), Nora Roberts (12.77), Margit Sandemo (12.73), Saki Hiwatari (12.59), Mercedes Lackey (12.3), Dave McKean (12.28), Walter Ralston Martin (12.21), Neta Jackson (12.19), Jack Cohen (12.1), Chie Shinohara (12.05), Warren Murphy (12.02), Jill Thompson (11.93), Friedrich Engels (11.6), James Axler (11.54), Rumiko Takahashi (11.39), Don Pendleton (11.37), Roger Leloup (11.28), Bryan Talbot (11.25), Eiichiro Oda (11.25), Yoko Kamio (11.13), Rob Kaplan (11), Sean Michael (10.96), Naoki Urasawa (10.91), K. H. Scheer (10.81), Gosho Aoyama (10.7) — 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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