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50 top-rated authors

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

Robert J. Lang (12.46/73/50), Paul Jackson (7.36/71/64), Jane Wagner (5.72/76/75), Kunihiko Kasahara (5.67/66/54), Geoffrey Budworth (5.21/77/71), Tom Tomorrow (5.19/111/57), Jay Rubin (4.89/113/111), Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.76/82/82), Janet Arnold (4.75/283/127), Crossway Bibles (4.71/207/198), William R. Trumble (4.7/79/79), Ollie Johnston (4.68/87/75), Arthur G. Bennett (4.68/167/167), Luigi Serafini (4.68/88/86), William M. Gaines (4.68/391/58), Karl Elliger (4.65/101/101), Harold Abelson (4.63/205/202), Steve Purcell (4.63/67/55), Don Rosa (4.62/402/163), Bill Watterson (4.61/9336/2913), Jeff Brumbeau (4.61/83/66), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.61/94/73), Richard Williams (4.59/53/53), Georg Friedrich Händel (4.58/193/83), Carla Emery (4.58/91/91), Tom Tierney (4.57/601/87), Ki Longfellow (4.57/244/182), Avraham Azrieli (4.57/288/148), Adam Makos (4.57/66/65), Ninya Mikhaila (4.57/59/59), Michael Whelan (4.57/82/62), Adam Tooze (4.55/55/55), Albert Seba (4.55/57/54), Wallace Stevens (4.55/468/367), June Hiatt (4.55/64/64), Harold McGee (4.55/402/375), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.54/276/170), Stanley Kunitz (4.54/75/63), Robert A. Caro (4.54/986/533), David Allen Sibley (4.54/449/280), Johann Sebastian Bach (4.53/334/120), Larry Gonick (4.53/769/369), Eberhard Nestle (4.53/193/191), Jonathan Larson (4.53/70/62), James C. Christensen (4.53/75/69), United States. (4.53/94/93), Peter Menzel (4.52/274/239), Gail Boushey (4.52/72/54), Menena Cottin (4.52/104/104) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.52/56/56), Robin Wyatt Dunn (2.04/56/50), Christopher Ransom (2.15/129/124), Randy Davila (2.17/124/123), Hal Lindsey (2.35/146/96), 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 (2.54/203/163), Simon Cox (2.58/87/83), Ellen Fein (2.58/79/63), Alexandra Ulysses (2.6/87/87), Melissa P. (2.6/190/182), Emma Tennant (2.62/198/162), Arabella Weir (2.64/60/56), Adèle Lang (2.65/55/54), Joanne Dahme (2.66/53/50), Anna Sam (2.67/54/54), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.69/86/86), Erich von Däniken (2.69/519/355), Simon (2.69/168/138), John Milne (2.69/62/55), Phoenix Desmond (2.7/56/56), Andrew Keen (2.7/150/150), Rachael F. Heller (2.7/54/50), Catherine Millet (2.71/205/200), Trudy Baker (2.72/67/63), Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (2.73/226/50), Charlotte Roche (2.74/316/302), Jacquelyn Cook (2.74/95/87), Kevin Trudeau (2.75/95/84), James Bradley (2.76/127/123), Douglas Monroe (2.77/58/50), The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (2.77/256/86), Naomi Kramer (2.78/63/59), Robert D. Stueart (2.78/57/57), Theresa Schwegel (2.79/107/93), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Dell Shannon (2.8/370/52), Michael Drosnin (2.81/142/126), Phil Hellmuth (2.81/62/59), Jill Price (2.81/52/52), Noah Charney (2.81/149/147), The Goldman Family (2.81/54/54), Gustavus Hindman Miller (2.82/73/73), Sharon Kendrick (2.82/239/68), Elliott Roosevelt (2.82/175/60), Claude Izner (2.82/221/183) — 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.

Robert J. Lang (31.21), Paul Jackson (20.47), Kunihiko Kasahara (15.15), Jane Wagner (14.09), Tom Tomorrow (11.68), Jay Rubin (11.62), Geoffrey Budworth (11.13), Dougal Dixon (8.95), Marvin Minsky (8.29), John D. Fitzgerald (8.01), Kenneth Anger (7.85), Larry Gonick (7.75), Mona Simpson (7.56), Richard Brautigan (7.47), Karel Čapek (7.31), Parke Godwin (6.79), Guy Kawasaki (6.65), Peter Kuper (6.32), David Mamet (6.25), Donald Barthelme (6.09), Wallace Stevens (5.76), Bertolt Brecht (5.65), Howard Norman (5.61), Richard Ford (5.5), Lawrence Ferlinghetti (5.34), Edward Albee (5.1), Woody Allen (4.67), Pete Dexter (4.65), Carrie Fisher (4.51), Eugene Ionesco (4.49), Graeme Base (4.13), Luigi Pirandello (4.1), Tennessee Williams (3.78), Friedrich Nietzsche (3.72), Robert Anton Wilson (3.71), John Barth (3.7), Bob Dylan (3.69), David Macaulay (3.63), Raymond Carver (3.62), Scott McCloud (3.42), e. e. cummings (3.41), G. B. Trudeau (3.33), Charles M. Schulz (3.24), Robert A. Heinlein (3.15), Raymond Chandler (2.89), Ralph Ellison (2.88), Richard P. Feynman (2.84), Graham Greene (2.72), Philip Roth (2.63), Nikolai Gogol (2.59) — show more

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, 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, John Carey, Joe Hill, Elizabeth Bear, Chris Bohjalian, Janny Wurts, Nancy Holder, Dan Chaon, Sarah M. Anderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Melissa Marr, James Dashner, Susan Mallery, Jo Beverley, Sharon Kay Penman, Tite Kubo, Susan Wittig Albert, Edward R. Tufte, Alan Furst, Adriana Trigiani, Susan Wiggs, Randy Alcorn, Geerten Meijsing, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Sarah Addison Allen, Matthew Pearl, Sharon Lee, Lynn Viehl, Sholem Berger, Tatiana Holway, Neal Asher, Sherryl Woods, Sabrina Jeffries — see the full list.

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (535,217), Stephen King (399,492), Terry Pratchett (337,913), J. R. R. Tolkien (259,170), C. S. Lewis (243,877), Neil Gaiman (222,321), William Shakespeare (213,938), Nora Roberts (208,410), Agatha Christie (192,316), James Patterson (172,745), Jane Austen (166,917), Isaac Asimov (161,361), Stephenie Meyer (158,202), Charles Dickens (154,676), John Grisham (144,000), Dan Brown (133,365), Orson Scott Card (132,635), Anne McCaffrey (131,764), Janet Evanovich (130,703), Kurt Vonnegut (124,322), Dean Koontz (120,842), Anne Rice (120,270), Dr. Seuss (119,650), Douglas Adams (119,044), George Orwell (117,116), Roald Dahl (114,097), Robert A. Heinlein (113,277), John Steinbeck (112,416), Mercedes Lackey (111,077), Charlaine Harris (105,126), George R. R. Martin (104,865), Laurell K. Hamilton (101,565), Margaret Atwood (100,440), Mark Twain (99,830), Robert Jordan (98,249), Suzanne Collins (97,626), Michael Crichton (94,929), Ernest Hemingway (94,412), Piers Anthony (92,711), Lemony Snicket (92,510), Fyodor Dostoevsky (90,733), Haruki Murakami (89,285), Ray Bradbury (87,016), Mary Pope Osborne (85,457), Philip Pullman (85,237), Gabriel García Márquez (83,528), Jim Butcher (80,336), Bill Bryson (80,328), Tom Clancy (79,146), Philip K. Dick (79,130), David Eddings (79,124), Jodi Picoult (78,983), Ursula K. Le Guin (78,679), Patricia Cornwell (77,946), Rick Riordan (76,586), F. Scott Fitzgerald (76,390), Frank Herbert (74,703), Anonymous (73,699), J. D. Salinger (73,601), Arthur C. Clarke (73,381), Tamora Pierce (72,997), Arthur Conan Doyle (72,910), Neal Stephenson (72,362), Carolyn Keene (72,255), L. M. Montgomery (71,749), Alexander McCall Smith (69,841), Chuck Palahniuk (68,057), Michael Connelly (67,919), John Irving (67,589), Umberto Eco (67,520), Madeleine L'Engle (67,338), Stieg Larsson (67,318), Marion Zimmer Bradley (65,985), Leo Tolstoy (64,278), Nicholas Sparks (64,154) — show more

50 "completist" authors

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

Tracy Hickman (50.39), Marc Hempel (44.81), Wilhelm Grimm (44.63), Gentry Lee (37.35), Mark Victor Hansen (28.52), John L. Bull (26.95), Sam Kieth (25.77), Simone Beck (25.48), Jerry B. Jenkins (20.08), Mike Allred (20.06), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (19.84), Skip Williams (18.74), Richard Sapir (17.44), Charles Vess (17.38), Lincoln Child (17.32), Kenneth Robeson (17.27), Albert Uderzo (15.95), Deborah Turner Harris (15.1), Yumi Tamura (13.94), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (13.46), Scott Dikkers (13.25), CLAMP (13.17), Jerry Pournelle (13.06), Nora Roberts (12.98), James Axler (12.94), Warren Murphy (12.86), Saki Hiwatari (12.81), Neta Jackson (12.68), Walter Ralston Martin (12.63), Margit Sandemo (12.56), Dave McKean (12.56), Mercedes Lackey (12.48), Chie Shinohara (12.42), Jack Cohen (12.36), Jill Thompson (12.04), Friedrich Engels (11.99), Don Pendleton (11.85), Eiichiro Oda (11.66), Rumiko Takahashi (11.64), Bryan Talbot (11.39), Yoko Kamio (11.31), Gosho Aoyama (11.3), Naoki Urasawa (11.23), Roger Leloup (11.18), Sean Michael (11.18), Rob Kaplan (11.17), K. H. Scheer (11.05), Frank W. Abagnale (10.9), Kentaro Miura (10.71), Jack Kirby (10.68) — 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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