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50 top-rated authors

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

Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.76/82/82), Janet Arnold (4.75/283/127), Crossway Bibles (4.7/211/202), William R. Trumble (4.7/79/79), Ollie Johnston (4.68/87/75), Arthur G. Bennett (4.68/167/167), William M. Gaines (4.68/391/58), Luigi Serafini (4.67/89/87), Karl Elliger (4.65/101/101), Harold Abelson (4.63/205/202), Steve Purcell (4.63/68/56), Don Rosa (4.62/404/164), Bill Watterson (4.61/9374/2928), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.61/94/73), Georg Friedrich Händel (4.6/192/82), Jeff Brumbeau (4.6/83/67), Richard Williams (4.59/53/53), Tom Tierney (4.57/601/87), Carla Emery (4.57/92/92), Avraham Azrieli (4.57/285/147), Adam Makos (4.57/66/65), Ninya Mikhaila (4.57/59/59), Michael Whelan (4.57/82/62), Adam Tooze (4.56/56/56), Ki Longfellow (4.56/245/183), Albert Seba (4.55/57/54), June Hiatt (4.55/64/64), Harold McGee (4.54/403/376), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.54/273/170), Stanley Kunitz (4.54/75/63), Robert A. Caro (4.54/990/534), David Allen Sibley (4.54/449/280), Eberhard Nestle (4.53/194/192), Johann Sebastian Bach (4.53/334/120), Jonathan Larson (4.53/70/62), Peter Menzel (4.53/275/240), James C. Christensen (4.53/75/69), Robert Kapilow (4.52/112/112), United States. (4.52/93/92), Menena Cottin (4.52/104/104), Thomas Nelson (4.52/108/97), W. Richard Stevens (4.52/292/172), Gail Boushey (4.51/71/53), Jane Sowerby (4.51/165/165), Clifford Ashley (4.51/66/64), Douglas A. Blackmon (4.51/71/71), Aaron Becker (4.51/155/136), Ludwig van Beethoven (4.5/270/101), James Goldman (4.5/118/99) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.52/56/56), Robin Wyatt Dunn (2.04/56/51), Christopher Ransom (2.15/131/126), 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 (2.54/203/164), 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), Anna Sam (2.65/55/55), Joanne Dahme (2.66/53/50), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.69/86/86), Simon (2.69/168/138), Erich von Däniken (2.69/523/358), John Milne (2.69/62/55), Phoenix Desmond (2.7/56/56), Rachael F. Heller (2.7/54/50), Andrew Keen (2.7/152/152), Catherine Millet (2.71/205/201), Trudy Baker (2.72/67/63), Charlotte Roche (2.74/316/302), Jacquelyn Cook (2.74/95/87), Kevin Trudeau (2.75/95/84), Douglas Monroe (2.77/58/50), The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (2.77/256/86), James Bradley (2.78/129/125), Robert D. Stueart (2.78/57/57), Naomi Kramer (2.78/64/60), 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 (2.81/150/148), Gustavus Hindman Miller (2.82/73/73), The Goldman Family (2.82/55/55), Sharon Kendrick (2.82/238/68), Claude Izner (2.82/221/184), Heleen van Royen (2.82/190/122), Tawny Taylor (2.83/135/91) — 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.

Paul Jackson (20.47), Jane Wagner (14.09), Peter Kuper (6.32), Richard Ford (5.49), Raymond Chandler (2.88), Graham Greene (2.72), James Joyce (2.56), The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (1.97), Dave Gibbons (1.88), New World Bible Translation Committee (1.87), Joseph Smith (1.71), Joseph Heller (1.7), Alan Moore (1.64), Holy Ghost Writer (1.5), Mrs. Henry Wood (1.45), Douglas Monroe (1.45), Michael J. Behe (1.44), Hal Lindsey (1.42), Stan Lauryssens (1.42), Robert Newcomb (1.42), Kirsty Moseley (1.41), Madeline Sheehan (1.39), Lois H. Gresh (1.39), Sayed A. A. Razwy (1.39), Alexandra Ulysses (1.39), Rick Joyner (1.39), Sharon Lathan (1.39), William Cooper (1.39), David Icke (1.38), Adolf Hitler (1.38), Al Lacy (1.37), E. L. James (1.37), Janice Anderson (1.36), Immanuel Velikovsky (1.36), Judy Katschke (1.36), Andrew Sinclair (1.36), Rhonda Byrne (1.35), Kate Douglas (1.35), Kevin Trudeau (1.35), James L. Rubart (1.34), Jessica Cutler (1.34), C. I. Scofield (1.34), Allen Carr (1.34), John Maynard Keynes (1.34), Debi Pearl (1.33), Jacques Rancière (1.33), William P. Young (1.33), Nina Malkin (1.33), Ken Ham (1.33), Douglas Glover (1.33) — 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, Brandon Sanderson, Laurie R. King, Jon Scieszka, Jude Deveraux, Laurie Halse Anderson, Diane Duane, Ann Brashares, Naomi Novik, James Rollins, Lisa See, Katie MacAlister, Andrew Gross, Joe Hill, John Carey, Elizabeth Bear, Sholem Berger, Chris Bohjalian, Janny Wurts, Nancy Holder, Dan Chaon, Patrick Rothfuss, Sarah M. Anderson, 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, Matthew Pearl, Sarah Addison Allen, Sharon Lee, Lynn Viehl, Tatiana Holway, Neal Asher, Sherryl Woods, Sabrina Jeffries — see the full list.

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (536,490), Stephen King (400,483), Terry Pratchett (338,117), J. R. R. Tolkien (261,716), C. S. Lewis (244,517), Neil Gaiman (222,778), William Shakespeare (214,225), Nora Roberts (208,564), Agatha Christie (192,829), James Patterson (171,850), Jane Austen (167,276), Isaac Asimov (161,672), Stephenie Meyer (158,499), Charles Dickens (154,974), John Grisham (144,377), Dan Brown (133,731), Orson Scott Card (132,725), Anne McCaffrey (131,948), Janet Evanovich (130,907), Kurt Vonnegut (124,609), Dean Koontz (121,053), Anne Rice (120,179), Dr. Seuss (120,031), Douglas Adams (119,136), George Orwell (117,469), Roald Dahl (114,283), Robert A. Heinlein (113,381), John Steinbeck (112,655), Mercedes Lackey (111,309), George R. R. Martin (105,564), Charlaine Harris (105,088), Laurell K. Hamilton (101,543), Margaret Atwood (100,504), Mark Twain (100,162), Robert Jordan (98,409), Suzanne Collins (98,139), Michael Crichton (94,844), Ernest Hemingway (94,684), Piers Anthony (92,954), Lemony Snicket (92,643), Fyodor Dostoevsky (90,961), Haruki Murakami (89,619), Ray Bradbury (87,086), Mary Pope Osborne (86,005), Philip Pullman (85,170), Gabriel García Márquez (83,724), Jim Butcher (80,367), Bill Bryson (80,367), Tom Clancy (79,762), Philip K. Dick (79,194), David Eddings (79,088), Jodi Picoult (79,077), Ursula K. Le Guin (78,741), Patricia Cornwell (77,995), Rick Riordan (76,947), F. Scott Fitzgerald (76,578), Frank Herbert (74,873), J. D. Salinger (73,674), Arthur C. Clarke (73,519), Arthur Conan Doyle (73,173), Tamora Pierce (73,172), Neal Stephenson (72,400), Carolyn Keene (72,397), L. M. Montgomery (71,968), Anonymous (71,950), Alexander McCall Smith (69,858), Chuck Palahniuk (68,097), Michael Connelly (67,755), John Irving (67,656), Umberto Eco (67,645), Stieg Larsson (67,449), Madeleine L'Engle (67,344), Marion Zimmer Bradley (66,066), Leo Tolstoy (64,497), Nicholas Sparks (64,200) — show more

50 "completist" authors

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

Tracy Hickman (50.5), Marc Hempel (44.88), Wilhelm Grimm (44.86), Gentry Lee (37.48), Mark Victor Hansen (28.7), John L. Bull (26.79), Sam Kieth (25.88), Simone Beck (25.56), Jerry B. Jenkins (20.23), Mike Allred (20.12), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (19.86), Skip Williams (18.7), Richard Sapir (17.52), Charles Vess (17.41), Lincoln Child (17.4), Kenneth Robeson (17.36), Albert Uderzo (15.97), Deborah Turner Harris (15.16), Yumi Tamura (13.94), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (13.49), Scott Dikkers (13.27), CLAMP (13.22), Jerry Pournelle (13.1), Nora Roberts (13.05), James Axler (13.01), Warren Murphy (12.92), Neta Jackson (12.84), Saki Hiwatari (12.81), Dave McKean (12.77), Walter Ralston Martin (12.73), Margit Sandemo (12.67), Mercedes Lackey (12.54), Chie Shinohara (12.43), Jack Cohen (12.39), Friedrich Engels (12.16), Jill Thompson (12.06), Don Pendleton (11.93), Rumiko Takahashi (11.72), Eiichiro Oda (11.65), Bryan Talbot (11.43), Gosho Aoyama (11.35), Yoko Kamio (11.31), Naoki Urasawa (11.26), Sean Michael (11.21), Rob Kaplan (11.21), Roger Leloup (11.2), K. H. Scheer (11.05), Frank W. Abagnale (10.95), Jack Kirby (10.83), Kentaro Miura (10.72) — 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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