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50 top-rated authors

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

Paul Jackson (7.44/69/63), Jane Wagner (5.76/73/72), Kunihiko Kasahara (5.67/66/54), Geoffrey Budworth (5.25/75/69), Tom Tomorrow (5.19/111/57), Jay Rubin (4.9/110/108), Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.76/82/82), Janet Arnold (4.75/281/125), Crossway Bibles (4.71/197/188), Ollie Johnston (4.7/86/75), William R. Trumble (4.7/79/79), Luigi Serafini (4.68/85/83), William M. Gaines (4.68/383/57), Arthur G. Bennett (4.67/166/166), Karl Elliger (4.66/100/100), Harold Abelson (4.64/203/200), Steve Purcell (4.63/68/56), Jeff Brumbeau (4.62/81/65), Don Rosa (4.62/398/163), Bill Watterson (4.61/9249/2877), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.6/90/69), Adam Makos (4.59/58/57), Richard Williams (4.59/53/53), Albert Seba (4.58/54/52), Georg Friedrich Händel (4.58/193/82), Ki Longfellow (4.58/241/179), Tom Tierney (4.58/598/86), Carla Emery (4.58/91/91), Avraham Azrieli (4.57/284/146), Ninya Mikhaila (4.57/59/59), Jonathan Larson (4.57/69/61), Adam Tooze (4.56/50/50), Wallace Stevens (4.55/466/364), Aaron Becker (4.55/117/107), Stanley Kunitz (4.55/72/61), Larry Gonick (4.55/761/362), United States. (4.55/88/87), Harold McGee (4.54/399/371), June Hiatt (4.54/63/63), Johann Sebastian Bach (4.54/326/118), David Allen Sibley (4.54/440/276), Ludwig van Beethoven (4.54/257/98), Robert A. Caro (4.53/962/518), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.53/270/167), Eberhard Nestle (4.53/193/191), Michael Whelan (4.53/79/61), Peter Menzel (4.52/270/235), W. Richard Stevens (4.52/285/167), Gail Boushey (4.52/72/54) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.52/56/56), Christopher Ransom (2.13/127/122), Randy Davila (2.17/124/123), Hal Lindsey (2.35/143/95), 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 (2.54/200/163), Simon Cox (2.56/86/82), Ellen Fein (2.58/78/62), Alexandra Ulysses (2.6/87/87), Melissa P. (2.63/188/180), Emma Tennant (2.63/197/161), Arabella Weir (2.64/59/55), Adèle Lang (2.65/55/54), Phoenix Desmond (2.66/57/57), James Bradley (2.66/120/117), Joanne Dahme (2.66/53/50), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.66/86/86), Anna Sam (2.67/54/54), Erich von Däniken (2.69/514/351), John Milne (2.69/62/55), Simon (2.7/166/136), Rachael F. Heller (2.7/54/50), Jacquelyn Cook (2.72/95/87), Catherine Millet (2.72/205/200), Trudy Baker (2.72/65/61), Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (2.72/228/50), Charlotte Roche (2.73/312/300), Andrew Keen (2.73/145/144), Robert D. Stueart (2.76/56/56), Douglas Monroe (2.77/58/50), The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (2.78/252/83), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Sharon Kendrick (2.79/225/63), Dell Shannon (2.8/368/51), Noah Charney (2.8/147/146), Kevin Trudeau (2.8/98/86), Naomi Kramer (2.8/61/57), Phil Hellmuth (2.81/62/59), Theresa Schwegel (2.81/106/92), Jill Price (2.81/52/52), Gustavus Hindman Miller (2.81/72/72), Claude Izner (2.81/215/179), Elliott Roosevelt (2.82/175/60), Michael Drosnin (2.83/140/124), Sara Craven (2.83/111/55), The Goldman Family (2.83/53/53) — 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 (20.76), Kunihiko Kasahara (15.15), Jane Wagner (14.37), Jay Rubin (11.77), Tom Tomorrow (11.68), Geoffrey Budworth (11.2), Dougal Dixon (9), Marvin Minsky (8.29), John Dennis Fitzgerald (8.18), Kenneth Anger (7.86), Larry Gonick (7.78), Mona Simpson (7.57), Richard Brautigan (7.51), Karel Čapek (7.43), Parke Godwin (6.8), Guy Kawasaki (6.73), David Mamet (6.35), Peter Kuper (6.31), Donald Barthelme (6.11), Wallace Stevens (5.77), Bertolt Brecht (5.69), Howard Norman (5.66), Richard Ford (5.62), Lawrence Ferlinghetti (5.36), Edward Albee (5.15), Woody Allen (4.78), Pete Dexter (4.69), Eugene Ionesco (4.54), Carrie Fisher (4.53), Graeme Base (4.18), Luigi Pirandello (4.13), Tennessee Williams (3.82), Robert Anton Wilson (3.75), Friedrich Nietzsche (3.74), Bob Dylan (3.73), John Barth (3.71), David Macaulay (3.65), Raymond Carver (3.64), Scott McCloud (3.5), e. e. cummings (3.43), G. B. Trudeau (3.39), Charles M. Schulz (3.26), Robert A. Heinlein (3.17), Raymond Chandler (2.92), Ralph Ellison (2.9), Richard P. Feynman (2.85), Graham Greene (2.74), Philip Roth (2.64), Nikolai Gogol (2.61) — 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, Joe Hill, Elizabeth Bear, Chris Bohjalian, Janny Wurts, Dan Chaon, Nancy Holder, Sarah M. Anderson, Melissa Marr, Patrick Rothfuss, Jo Beverley, James Dashner, Sharon Kay Penman, Susan Mallery, Tite Kubo, Susan Wittig Albert, Edward R. Tufte, Adriana Trigiani, Alan Furst, Susan Wiggs, Geerten Meijsing, Randy Alcorn, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Matthew Pearl, Sharon Lee, Lynn Viehl, Sarah Addison Allen, Sholem Berger, Tatiana Holway, Neal Asher, Sabrina Jeffries, Sherryl Woods, Andrew Vachss — see the full list.

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (528,626), Stephen King (398,886), Terry Pratchett (331,714), J. R. R. Tolkien (255,319), C. S. Lewis (239,201), Neil Gaiman (218,107), William Shakespeare (212,119), Nora Roberts (203,420), Agatha Christie (188,105), James Patterson (167,670), Jane Austen (164,398), Isaac Asimov (158,611), Stephenie Meyer (156,486), Charles Dickens (151,817), John Grisham (140,790), Dan Brown (131,648), Orson Scott Card (130,698), Anne McCaffrey (130,020), Janet Evanovich (128,633), Kurt Vonnegut (122,561), Anne Rice (118,616), Dean Koontz (117,995), Douglas Adams (117,294), Dr. Seuss (116,749), George Orwell (115,494), Robert A. Heinlein (111,678), Roald Dahl (111,400), John Steinbeck (110,630), Mercedes Lackey (109,203), Charlaine Harris (103,313), George R. R. Martin (101,552), Laurell K. Hamilton (100,519), Margaret Atwood (98,650), Mark Twain (97,813), Robert Jordan (96,710), Suzanne Collins (95,348), Michael Crichton (93,008), Ernest Hemingway (92,746), Piers Anthony (91,194), Lemony Snicket (90,782), Fyodor Dostoevsky (89,264), Haruki Murakami (87,505), Ray Bradbury (85,424), Philip Pullman (84,142), Mary Pope Osborne (82,945), Gabriel García Márquez (82,336), Jim Butcher (79,014), Bill Bryson (78,917), Philip K. Dick (77,827), David Eddings (77,823), Jodi Picoult (77,730), Tom Clancy (77,405), Ursula K. Le Guin (77,178), Patricia Cornwell (76,083), F. Scott Fitzgerald (75,245), Rick Riordan (73,818), Frank Herbert (73,721), J. D. Salinger (72,709), Arthur C. Clarke (72,266), Tamora Pierce (71,851), Neal Stephenson (71,068), Anonymous (71,034), L. M. Montgomery (71,019), Arthur Conan Doyle (71,009), Carolyn Keene (70,721), Alexander McCall Smith (68,324), Chuck Palahniuk (67,211), John Irving (66,840), Umberto Eco (66,485), Stieg Larsson (66,193), Madeleine L'Engle (66,132), Michael Connelly (65,678), Marion Zimmer Bradley (65,234), Leo Tolstoy (63,049), Nicholas Sparks (62,795) — show more

50 "completist" authors

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

Tracy Hickman (49.88), Marc Hempel (44.66), Wilhelm Grimm (43.78), Gentry Lee (37.01), Mark Victor Hansen (28.04), Edward FitzGerald (27.48), John L. Bull (26.68), Sam Kieth (25.46), Simone Beck (25.37), Charles Vess (24.51), Mike Allred (20.58), Richmond Lattimore (19.91), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (19.69), Jerry B. Jenkins (19.55), Skip Williams (18.6), Kenneth Robeson (17.06), Lincoln Child (16.95), Richard Sapir (16.57), Albert Uderzo (15.7), Deborah Turner Harris (14.96), Yumi Tamura (13.82), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (13.4), Scott Dikkers (13.14), CLAMP (13.05), Jerry Pournelle (12.86), Nora Roberts (12.77), Saki Hiwatari (12.61), Margit Sandemo (12.53), Walter Ralston Martin (12.37), Mercedes Lackey (12.34), Dave McKean (12.34), Neta Jackson (12.3), Chie Shinohara (12.2), Jack Cohen (12.2), Warren Murphy (12.1), Jill Thompson (11.98), Friedrich Engels (11.69), James Axler (11.59), Don Pendleton (11.47), Rumiko Takahashi (11.43), Bryan Talbot (11.35), Roger Leloup (11.23), Eiichiro Oda (11.21), Yoko Kamio (11.14), Rob Kaplan (11.06), Sean Michael (11.01), Naoki Urasawa (10.91), K. H. Scheer (10.88), Gosho Aoyama (10.79), Frank W. Abagnale (10.76) — 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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