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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 (4.75/292/131), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.73/86/86), William R. Trumble (4.7/81/81), Crossway Bibles (4.69/612/533), Arthur G. Bennett (4.69/190/190), Ollie Johnston (4.68/91/79), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.67/98/77), Angie Thomas (4.65/79/79), Karl Elliger (4.65/103/103), Frank H. Netter (4.64/95/52), William M. Gaines (4.64/388/62), Harold Abelson (4.63/212/209), Richard Williams (4.62/54/54), Bill Watterson (4.62/10138/3160), George Frideric Handel (4.59/207/90), Luigi Serafini (4.58/108/105), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.58/325/194), Bryan Stevenson (4.58/220/220), Avraham Azrieli (4.58/290/150), Drew Daywalt (4.57/645/553), Ninya Mikhaila (4.57/61/61), June Hiatt (4.57/69/69), Russel Lazega (4.56/62/62), Harold McGee (4.55/426/400), Steve Purcell (4.55/76/58), Lin-Manuel Miranda (4.55/113/112), Rena Kornreich Gelissen (4.55/54/54), Don Rosa (4.55/515/183), Carla Emery (4.54/98/98), Jeff Brumbeau (4.54/100/80), Michael Whelan (4.54/89/67), Eberhard Nestle (4.54/205/202), Albert Seba (4.53/61/58), Lindsay Mattick (4.53/124/124), Brandon Stanton (4.53/199/168), Menena Cottin (4.53/128/128), Robert A. Caro (4.53/1102/588), James Jean (4.53/79/51), John Williams (4.52/106/64), Ki Longfellow (4.52/252/190), Tom Tierney (4.52/611/88), W. Richard Stevens (4.51/304/178), Stanley Kunitz (4.51/79/69), Douglas A. Blackmon (4.51/83/83), Margaret Grieve (4.51/98/70), Jim Pojar (4.51/68/60), Alexander Roberts (4.5/113/57), David Allen Sibley (4.5/463/289), Ludwig van Beethoven (4.5/369/121) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.67/67/66), Randy Davila (2.15/123/123), Robin Wyatt Dunn (2.18/108/89), Christopher Ransom (2.18/140/134), Hal Lindsey (2.38/155/102), Jessica Cutler (2.38/56/56), Rebecca Campbell (2.45/59/54), Michael Gerber (2.52/205/164), Sue Lange (2.52/63/58), John B. Olson (2.55/199/190), Simon Cox (2.58/90/86), Alexandra Ulysses (2.6/87/87), Melissa P. (2.6/198/190), Nancy Balbirer (2.6/60/60), O. J. Simpson (2.61/79/77), Emma Tennant (2.62/217/175), Arabella Weir (2.64/63/59), Joanne Dahme (2.65/54/51), Ellen Fein (2.68/91/72), Alexander Campion (2.68/56/50), Adèle Lang (2.68/58/57), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.69/89/89), John Milne (2.69/65/58), Janet Groth (2.7/55/55), Simon (2.7/175/144), Trudy Baker (2.72/67/63), Douglas Monroe (2.72/59/51), Anna Sam (2.72/63/63), Catherine Millet (2.73/215/210), Erich von Däniken (2.73/557/386), Jacquelyn Cook (2.73/97/89), Eden Cole (2.74/120/55), Robin Kirman (2.75/54/54), Andrew Keen (2.75/169/168), Michael Drosnin (2.77/154/137), Charlotte Roche (2.77/326/311), James Bradley (2.78/142/136), Vonna Harper (2.78/88/51), Thomas Kohnstamm (2.79/52/52), Nostradamus (2.79/97/83), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Phil Hellmuth (2.8/62/59), Tracy Quan (2.81/118/93), Phoenix Desmond (2.81/57/57), Mitzi Szereto (2.81/55/50), Grant R. Jeffrey (2.81/85/62), Robert D. Stueart (2.81/64/64), Heleen van Royen (2.82/195/124), Tawny Taylor (2.82/149/101), Kevin Trudeau (2.82/105/91) — 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.

Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (1.95), Joseph Smith (1.71), Natalie Gittelson (1.54), Holy Ghost Writer (1.49), Michael J. Behe (1.45), Sayed A. A. Razwy (1.45), Douglas Monroe (1.44), John Hagee (1.44), Mrs. Henry Wood (1.43), Rick Joyner (1.42), Hal Lindsey (1.42), Robert Newcomb (1.41), Immanuel Velikovsky (1.4), Alexandra Ulysses (1.39), William Dembski (1.39), Judy Katschke (1.39), Adolf Hitler (1.38), Lois H. Gresh (1.38), Debi Pearl (1.38), Stan Lauryssens (1.38), David Icke (1.37), E. L. James (1.37), William Cooper (1.37), Richard Abanes (1.36), Charles Grandison Finney (1.36), Sharon Lathan (1.36), Andrew Sinclair (1.36), Kevin Trudeau (1.35), Miley Cyrus (1.35), Rhonda Byrne (1.35), C. I. Scofield (1.34), Ravinder Singh (1.34), Natasha Preston (1.34), A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1.33), T. Lobsang Rampa (1.33), William P. Young (1.33), Jessica Cutler (1.33), Mark Booth (1.33), John Maynard Keynes (1.33), Ken Ham (1.32), Kate Douglas (1.32), Nina Malkin (1.32), Michael Pearl (1.31), Kirsty Moseley (1.31), L. Ron Hubbard (1.31), Frank J. Tipler (1.31), Simon (1.31), Konstantinos (1.3), Omar Tyree (1.3), Pat Brown (1.3) — show more

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, Patrick Rothfuss, Naomi Novik, Jennifer Weiner, James Rollins, Joe Hill, Nancy Holder, Elizabeth Bear, James Dashner, Lisa See, Katie MacAlister, Andrew Gross, Chris Bohjalian, Dan Chaon, Janny Wurts, Melissa Marr, Manon Smits, Susan Mallery, Jo Beverley, Tite Kubo, Sharon Kay Penman, Alan M. Clark, Susan Wittig Albert, Adriana Trigiani, Susan Wiggs, Randy Alcorn, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Alan Furst, Edward R. Tufte, Sarah Addison Allen, Sharon Lee, Alma Flor Ada, Matthew Pearl, Geerten Meijsing, Sherryl Woods, Lynn Viehl, Joan Holub, Neal Asher — see the full list.

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (587,814), Stephen King (450,795), Terry Pratchett (368,368), J. R. R. Tolkien (287,685), C. S. Lewis (274,098), Neil Gaiman (249,667), William Shakespeare (241,031), Nora Roberts (240,878), Agatha Christie (219,193), James Patterson (205,414), Jane Austen (183,814), Isaac Asimov (176,420), Charles Dickens (173,167), Stephenie Meyer (170,677), John Grisham (162,484), Janet Evanovich (146,983), Orson Scott Card (144,770), Dan Brown (144,318), Dr. Seuss (143,702), Anne McCaffrey (143,097), Dean Koontz (136,271), Kurt Vonnegut (134,763), Anne Rice (130,298), Roald Dahl (130,044), George Orwell (128,928), Douglas Adams (128,224), John Steinbeck (123,791), George R. R. Martin (122,704), Robert A. Heinlein (121,548), Mercedes Lackey (121,147), Charlaine Harris (116,956), Margaret Atwood (112,719), Mark Twain (111,883), Suzanne Collins (111,690), Laurell K. Hamilton (110,055), Robert Jordan (107,589), Mary Pope Osborne (105,901), Lemony Snicket (105,417), Ernest Hemingway (104,475), Michael Crichton (103,704), Piers Anthony (100,096), Fyodor Dostoevsky (99,822), Haruki Murakami (99,761), Rick Riordan (97,837), Ray Bradbury (96,978), Jim Butcher (92,932), Philip Pullman (92,656), Gabriel García Márquez (91,080), Bill Bryson (88,767), Philip K. Dick (87,984), Jodi Picoult (87,778), Ursula K. Le Guin (87,466), Patricia Cornwell (87,358), David Eddings (85,441), Tom Clancy (84,939), F. Scott Fitzgerald (84,357), Carolyn Keene (84,070), Arthur Conan Doyle (83,928), Frank Herbert (81,022), Arthur C. Clarke (80,494), L. M. Montgomery (80,492), Tamora Pierce (79,688), Michael Connelly (79,508), J. D. Salinger (78,922), Neal Stephenson (78,688), Alexander McCall Smith (78,389), Madeleine L'Engle (74,268), Umberto Eco (73,853), Chuck Palahniuk (73,353), Nicholas Sparks (73,260), Stieg Larsson (73,176), Clive Cussler (72,611), John Irving (72,444), Leo Tolstoy (71,855), Anonymous (70,688) — show more

50 "completist" authors

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

Colleen Doran (61.57), Tracy Hickman (54.71), Wilhelm Grimm (52.54), Christopher Tolkien (49.08), Marc Hempel (47.03), Gentry Lee (40.62), Charles Vess (34.78), Mark Victor Hansen (32.45), Edward FitzGerald (31.33), George R. Stewart (29.81), John L. Bull (29.52), Simone Beck (27.93), Jerry B. Jenkins (23.33), Albert Uderzo (22.48), Mike Allred (22.26), Ralph Steadman (21.18), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (20.97), Lincoln Child (20.63), Skip Williams (20.33), Tasha Tudor (19.46), Richard Sapir (19.21), Kenneth Robeson (18.17), Bryan Talbot (17.83), Jack Du Brul (16.59), Deborah Turner Harris (15.82), Eiichiro Oda (15.35), Jerry Pournelle (15.34), Don Pendleton (15.23), Neta Jackson (15.15), P. Craig Russell (15.07), Nora Roberts (15.06), Yumi Tamura (14.86), Ann Hood (14.53), Walter Ralston Martin (14.47), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (14.46), CLAMP (14.38), Warren Murphy (14.29), Daisy Meadows (14.13), Scott Dikkers (14.12), Margit Sandemo (14.1), James Axler (14.08), Chie Shinohara (13.97), Dave McKean (13.84), Friedrich Engels (13.82), Mercedes Lackey (13.66), Milo Manara (13.58), Jack Cohen (13.51), Naoki Urasawa (13.25), Roger Leloup (13.24), Saki Hiwatari (13.18) — 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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