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50 top-rated authors

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

Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), Janet Arnold (4.75/291/130), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.74/85/85), Crossway Bibles (4.69/605/529), Ollie Johnston (4.68/92/80), Arthur G. Bennett (4.68/187/187), William R. Trumble (4.67/83/83), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.67/98/77), Karl Elliger (4.65/104/104), William M. Gaines (4.64/387/61), Frank H. Netter (4.64/95/52), Harold Abelson (4.62/215/212), Richard Williams (4.62/54/54), Bill Watterson (4.62/10156/3171), Bryan Stevenson (4.59/202/204), George Frideric Handel (4.59/204/89), June Hiatt (4.57/68/68), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.57/317/189), Drew Daywalt (4.57/591/511), Russel Lazega (4.57/61/61), Avraham Azrieli (4.56/295/151), Ninya Mikhaila (4.56/60/60), Steve Purcell (4.55/76/58), Luigi Serafini (4.55/109/106), Rena Kornreich Gelissen (4.55/54/54), Harold McGee (4.55/422/395), Don Rosa (4.54/520/186), Albert Seba (4.54/60/57), Carla Emery (4.54/98/98), Michael Whelan (4.54/89/67), Lin-Manuel Miranda (4.54/100/99), Eberhard Nestle (4.53/203/200), Lindsay Mattick (4.53/117/117), Robert A. Caro (4.53/1090/585), Jeff Brumbeau (4.52/101/81), Menena Cottin (4.52/123/123), Ki Longfellow (4.52/252/190), James Jean (4.52/78/50), John Williams (4.52/105/64), Alexander Roberts (4.52/112/56), Stanley Kunitz (4.51/79/69), Douglas A. Blackmon (4.51/83/83), Tom Tierney (4.51/612/89), Johann Sebastian Bach (4.51/390/139), Jim Pojar (4.51/68/60), W. Richard Stevens (4.51/308/182), Ludwig van Beethoven (4.51/363/120), Margaret Grieve (4.51/97/69), Richard Siken (4.51/98/92), David Allen Sibley (4.5/463/289) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.67/66/65), Randy Davila (2.15/123/123), Robin Wyatt Dunn (2.16/98/81), Christopher Ransom (2.19/139/134), Hal Lindsey (2.37/157/102), Jessica Cutler (2.38/56/56), Rebecca Campbell (2.45/59/54), Michael Gerber (2.52/206/165), Sue Lange (2.52/63/58), John B. Olson (2.54/198/189), Simon Cox (2.58/90/86), Melissa P. (2.59/200/192), Alexandra Ulysses (2.6/87/87), Nancy Balbirer (2.6/60/60), O. J. Simpson (2.6/78/76), Emma Tennant (2.61/219/176), Arabella Weir (2.64/63/59), Joanne Dahme (2.65/54/51), Alexander Campion (2.65/57/51), Adèle Lang (2.67/59/58), Ellen Fein (2.68/91/72), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.68/90/90), Janet Groth (2.7/54/54), John Milne (2.7/66/59), Simon (2.71/174/143), Catherine Millet (2.72/212/207), Anna Sam (2.72/63/63), Jacquelyn Cook (2.73/97/89), Erich von Däniken (2.73/560/389), Trudy Baker (2.73/67/63), Douglas Monroe (2.74/60/52), Eden Cole (2.75/119/55), Andrew Keen (2.75/167/166), Charlotte Roche (2.76/331/315), Robin Kirman (2.76/52/52), James Bradley (2.77/141/135), Naomi Kramer (2.78/80/74), Michael Drosnin (2.78/151/135), Vonna Harper (2.78/88/51), Thomas Kohnstamm (2.79/52/52), Steve Lookner (2.79/74/68), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Phil Hellmuth (2.8/62/59), Tawny Taylor (2.8/147/100), Tracy Quan (2.81/118/93), Phoenix Desmond (2.81/57/57), Jill Price (2.81/53/53), Grant R. Jeffrey (2.81/85/62), Nostradamus (2.81/97/83), Heleen van Royen (2.82/195/124) — 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)

Lee Child, Diana Gabaldon, Don Maitz, John Green, Brandon Sanderson, David Brin, Sandra Brown, Laurie R. King, Jon Scieszka, Jude Deveraux, Laurie Halse Anderson, Diane Duane, Ann Brashares, Jennifer Weiner, Naomi Novik, Patrick Rothfuss, James Rollins, Joe Hill, Nancy Holder, Elizabeth Bear, James Dashner, Lisa See, Katie MacAlister, Andrew Gross, John Carey, Chris Bohjalian, Dan Chaon, Janny Wurts, Melissa Marr, Manon Smits, Susan Mallery, Jo Beverley, Tite Kubo, Sharon Kay Penman, Susan Wittig Albert, Adriana Trigiani, Susan Wiggs, Alan Furst, Randy Alcorn, Edward R. Tufte, Sarah Addison Allen, Marie Jones, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Sharon Lee, Matthew Pearl, Geerten Meijsing, Sherryl Woods, Lynn Viehl, Deborah Harkness, Neal Asher — see the full list.

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (584,114), Stephen King (447,606), Terry Pratchett (366,510), J. R. R. Tolkien (286,140), C. S. Lewis (271,903), Neil Gaiman (247,948), William Shakespeare (239,230), Nora Roberts (239,039), Agatha Christie (219,273), James Patterson (202,714), Jane Austen (182,680), Isaac Asimov (175,617), Charles Dickens (172,062), Stephenie Meyer (169,930), John Grisham (160,736), Janet Evanovich (145,939), Orson Scott Card (143,986), Dan Brown (143,622), Anne McCaffrey (142,383), Dr. Seuss (141,829), Dean Koontz (135,601), Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (134,108), Anne Rice (130,001), Roald Dahl (128,867), George Orwell (128,172), Douglas Adams (127,618), John Steinbeck (122,974), George R. R. Martin (121,848), Robert A. Heinlein (120,904), Mercedes Lackey (120,631), Charlaine Harris (116,505), Margaret Atwood (111,698), Mark Twain (111,161), Suzanne Collins (110,852), Laurell K. Hamilton (109,535), Robert Jordan (106,923), Lemony Snicket (104,453), Mary Pope Osborne (103,899), Ernest Hemingway (103,746), Michael Crichton (103,032), Piers Anthony (99,593), Fyodor Dostoevsky (99,133), Haruki Murakami (99,065), Ray Bradbury (96,427), Rick Riordan (96,296), Philip Pullman (92,313), Jim Butcher (92,307), Gabriel García Márquez (90,642), Bill Bryson (88,272), Philip K. Dick (87,473), Ursula K. Le Guin (87,060), Jodi Picoult (87,056), Patricia Cornwell (86,992), David Eddings (84,978), Tom Clancy (84,446), F. Scott Fitzgerald (83,818), Carolyn Keene (83,613), Arthur Conan Doyle (83,314), Frank Herbert (80,669), L. M. Montgomery (79,941), Arthur C. Clarke (79,899), Tamora Pierce (79,173), Michael Connelly (78,690), J. D. Salinger (78,634), Neal Stephenson (78,346), Alexander McCall Smith (77,686), Madeleine L'Engle (73,659), Umberto Eco (73,404), Chuck Palahniuk (73,107), Stieg Larsson (72,891), Nicholas Sparks (72,640), John Irving (72,109), Clive Cussler (71,804), Leo Tolstoy (71,359), Anonymous (70,849) — show more

50 "completist" authors

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

Colleen Doran (61.3), Tracy Hickman (54.23), Wilhelm Grimm (52.21), Christopher Tolkien (48.73), Marc Hempel (46.85), Gentry Lee (40.4), Charles Vess (34.65), Mark Victor Hansen (32.24), Edward FitzGerald (31.17), George R. Stewart (29.63), John L. Bull (29.23), Simone Beck (27.76), Jerry B. Jenkins (23.12), Albert Uderzo (22.34), Mike Allred (22.23), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (20.91), Skip Williams (20.24), Lincoln Child (19.96), Tasha Tudor (19.24), Richard Sapir (18.84), Kenneth Robeson (18.03), Bryan Talbot (17.76), Jack Du Brul (16.38), Deborah Turner Harris (15.68), Eiichiro Oda (15.25), Jerry Pournelle (15.25), Don Pendleton (15.13), P. Craig Russell (14.99), Yumi Tamura (14.98), Nora Roberts (14.94), Neta Jackson (14.94), Ann Hood (14.34), CLAMP (14.32), Walter Ralston Martin (14.29), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (14.28), Warren Murphy (14.07), Scott Dikkers (14.05), James Axler (13.99), Chie Shinohara (13.97), Dave McKean (13.74), Friedrich Engels (13.7), Daisy Meadows (13.68), Margit Sandemo (13.63), Mercedes Lackey (13.6), Milo Manara (13.5), Jack Cohen (13.5), Naoki Urasawa (13.3), Roger Leloup (13.22), Rumiko Takahashi (13.08), Saki Hiwatari (13.08) — 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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