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50 top-rated authors

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

Paul Jackson (7.74/63/59), Jane Wagner (5.84/70/69), Kunihiko Kasahara (5.67/66/54), Geoffrey Budworth (5.29/73/67), Tom Tomorrow (5.19/111/57), Jay Rubin (4.92/107/105), Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), Luigi Serafini (4.76/76/74), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.76/80/80), Janet Arnold (4.75/280/124), Crossway Bibles (4.72/180/173), Karl Elliger (4.7/96/96), William R. Trumble (4.7/79/79), William M. Gaines (4.68/380/56), Ollie Johnston (4.68/84/73), Arthur G. Bennett (4.67/158/158), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.67/82/62), Harold Abelson (4.64/199/196), Jonathan Larson (4.64/66/58), Steve Purcell (4.63/68/56), Don Rosa (4.62/374/150), Bill Watterson (4.61/8933/2761), Albert Seba (4.6/54/52), Jeff Brumbeau (4.6/77/63), Carla Emery (4.6/88/88), Ki Longfellow (4.59/235/175), Richard Williams (4.59/52/52), Aaron Becker (4.58/48/54), Tom Tierney (4.58/589/85), James C. Christensen (4.58/73/68), Stanley Kunitz (4.57/69/58), Avraham Azrieli (4.57/284/146), Georg Friedrich Händel (4.57/190/78), Wallace Stevens (4.56/455/358), Ninya Mikhaila (4.56/58/58), Dougal Dixon (4.56/178/142), Johann Sebastian Bach (4.55/301/111), Robert A. Caro (4.55/899/486), Larry Gonick (4.55/761/359), Menena Cottin (4.54/89/89), Harold McGee (4.54/390/362), Thomas Nelson (4.54/101/92), United States. (4.54/59/59), David Allen Sibley (4.54/424/263), W. Richard Stevens (4.54/279/164), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.53/261/163), Hervé Tullet (4.53/193/169), Eberhard Nestle (4.53/187/187), Alexander Roberts (4.53/85/51), Ludwig van Beethoven (4.53/244/95) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.47/54/54), Christopher Ransom (2.07/119/117), Randy Davila (2.14/122/122), Hal Lindsey (2.33/139/91), Jessica Cutler (2.41/53/53), Rebecca Campbell (2.46/58/53), Sue Lange (2.49/60/56), Stan Lauryssens (2.51/58/52), Nancy Balbirer (2.52/61/61), John B. Olson (2.53/199/189), Michael Gerber (2.54/202/162), Simon Cox (2.55/83/79), Melissa P. (2.57/184/178), Adèle Lang (2.59/51/50), Arabella Weir (2.6/55/52), Ellen Fein (2.61/74/59), Emma Tennant (2.62/188/155), Alexandra Ulysses (2.63/87/88), Phoenix Desmond (2.64/59/59), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.64/84/84), James Bradley (2.66/117/115), Simon (2.67/163/133), Rachael F. Heller (2.69/54/50), Andrew Keen (2.71/142/142), Mary-kate & Ashley Olsen (2.71/257/56), Charlotte Roche (2.71/294/284), Catherine Millet (2.72/199/193), Trudy Baker (2.72/64/60), Jacquelyn Cook (2.72/95/87), John Milne (2.72/61/54), Robert D. Stueart (2.73/54/54), Erich von Däniken (2.74/512/340), Anna Sam (2.76/50/50), Kevin Trudeau (2.77/96/84), Naomi Kramer (2.77/52/50), Cook Coleridge (2.77/61/61), The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (2.77/247/80), Heleen van Royen (2.78/177/115), Jill Price (2.78/51/51), Gustavus Hindman Miller (2.79/69/69), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Michael Drosnin (2.79/136/121), Tawny Taylor (2.8/110/77), Jessica Adams (2.8/117/87), Phil Hellmuth (2.8/60/57), Dell Shannon (2.81/377/51), Sharon Kendrick (2.81/186/52), Mel Gilden (2.81/114/79), Noah Charney (2.81/142/140), Grant R. Jeffrey (2.81/78/57) — 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.

Edward L. Ferman (0.41), Constance Cappel (0.43), The Kyoto Costume Institute (0.47), Janet Arnold (0.56), Marc Morris (0.56), Robert E. Wells (0.57), Bob Pflugfelder (0.57), Steve Purcell (0.57), Barbara Demick (0.57), Alison Gopnik (0.58), Kevin Poulsen (0.58), Richard Williams (0.59), Aaron Becker (0.59), Cristin Terrill (0.59), Larry Tye (0.59), Albert Seba (0.6), Karl Elliger (0.6), Menena Cottin (0.6), Rosy Thornton (0.6), Craig L. Symonds (0.61), Gail Boushey (0.61), Lars Svensson (0.61), Kelly McGonigal (0.61), Stephen Dedman (0.61), Brendan I. Koerner (0.61), Izzeldin Abuelaish (0.61), Rose George (0.62), Amit Majmudar (0.62), R. G. Grant (0.62), Kevin Boyle (0.62), William R. Trumble (0.62), Yvvette Edwards (0.62), Jennifer Berne (0.62), Bill Konigsberg (0.62), Tommy Kovac (0.62), Halima Bashir (0.62), Ninya Mikhaila (0.62), Tom Siddell (0.62), Irene N. Watts (0.63), Avraham Azrieli (0.63), Don Rosa (0.63), Anna Botsford Comstock (0.63), Steve Zaloga (0.63), Christie Watson (0.63), Steve Yarbrough (0.63), Gordon Van Gelder (0.63), David Allen Sibley (0.63), Stanley Kunitz (0.63), Jane Sowerby (0.63), Rowan Jacobsen (0.63) — show more

Authors who LibraryThing (complete list)

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

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (509,593), Stephen King (379,402), Terry Pratchett (320,889), J. R. R. Tolkien (244,106), C. S. Lewis (228,125), Neil Gaiman (207,910), William Shakespeare (203,204), Nora Roberts (193,600), Agatha Christie (179,008), Jane Austen (158,220), James Patterson (157,231), Isaac Asimov (151,699), Stephenie Meyer (151,276), Charles Dickens (144,106), John Grisham (134,733), Dan Brown (126,376), Anne McCaffrey (126,228), Orson Scott Card (125,229), Janet Evanovich (123,028), Kurt Vonnegut (117,987), Anne Rice (114,808), Douglas Adams (113,111), Dean Koontz (112,517), George Orwell (110,291), Dr. Seuss (108,261), Robert A. Heinlein (107,600), Roald Dahl (105,782), John Steinbeck (105,753), Mercedes Lackey (105,398), Charlaine Harris (98,968), Laurell K. Hamilton (97,538), Margaret Atwood (94,715), Mark Twain (92,850), Anonymous (92,670), Robert Jordan (92,503), George R. R. Martin (91,587), Michael Crichton (89,907), Ernest Hemingway (88,535), Piers Anthony (88,171), Suzanne Collins (87,230), Lemony Snicket (86,508), Fyodor Dostoevsky (85,639), Haruki Murakami (82,800), Philip Pullman (82,099), Ray Bradbury (81,721), Gabriel García Márquez (79,022), Mary Pope Osborne (76,079), David Eddings (75,950), Bill Bryson (75,771), Tom Clancy (74,566), Philip K. Dick (74,533), Jodi Picoult (74,301), Ursula K. Le Guin (73,784), Jim Butcher (73,530), Patricia Cornwell (73,133), F. Scott Fitzgerald (71,778), Frank Herbert (71,005), J. D. Salinger (70,202), Tamora Pierce (69,444), Arthur C. Clarke (69,161), L.M. Montgomery (69,018), Neal Stephenson (68,555), Arthur Conan Doyle (66,731), Rick Riordan (65,926), Alexander McCall Smith (65,344), Chuck Palahniuk (65,293), John Irving (65,142), Umberto Eco (64,107), Madeleine L'Engle (63,883), Carolyn Keene (63,630), Marion Zimmer Bradley (63,602), Stieg Larsson (63,075), Michael Connelly (61,557), Leo Tolstoy (60,005), Nicholas Sparks (59,597) — show more

50 "completist" authors

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

Colleen Doran (53.37), Edward FitzGerald (51.92), Tracy Hickman (47.99), Marc Hempel (43.24), Wilhelm Grimm (38.34), Gentry Lee (35.45), Charles Vess (33.14), Mark Victor Hansen (26.71), Richmond Lattimore (25.87), John L. Bull (25.34), Sam Kieth (24.52), Simone Beck (24.29), Mike Allred (19.82), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (19.22), Jerry B. Jenkins (18.48), Skip Williams (16.15), Kenneth Robeson (16.02), Lincoln Child (15.81), Bryan Talbot (15.65), Richard Sapir (15.64), Deborah Turner Harris (14.69), Albert Uderzo (13.65), Yumi Tamura (13.45), Scott Dikkers (12.97), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (12.66), Margit Sandemo (12.63), David Grene (12.6), CLAMP (12.51), Saki Hiwatari (12.4), Jerry Pournelle (12.36), Nora Roberts (12.08), Mercedes Lackey (11.88), Dave McKean (11.67), Jack Cohen (11.65), Jill Thompson (11.64), Walter Ralston Martin (11.6), Chie Shinohara (11.53), Warren Murphy (11.4), Neta Jackson (11.25), Yoko Kamio (11.25), Friedrich Engels (11.16), James Axler (11.09), Roger Leloup (10.97), Rumiko Takahashi (10.81), Don Pendleton (10.8), Sean Michael (10.73), Eiichiro Oda (10.7), Rob Kaplan (10.66), K. H. Scheer (10.34), Kentaro Miura (10.31) — 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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