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50 top-rated authors

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

Paul Jackson (7.61/65/61), Jane Wagner (5.79/72/71), Kunihiko Kasahara (5.67/66/54), Geoffrey Budworth (5.25/75/69), Tom Tomorrow (5.19/111/57), Jay Rubin (4.91/108/106), Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.76/81/81), Janet Arnold (4.75/281/125), Crossway Bibles (4.73/182/175), Luigi Serafini (4.7/79/78), William R. Trumble (4.7/79/79), Karl Elliger (4.69/97/97), Ollie Johnston (4.68/85/74), William M. Gaines (4.68/382/56), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.68/85/64), Arthur G. Bennett (4.67/161/161), Harold Abelson (4.64/200/197), Jonathan Larson (4.64/66/58), Steve Purcell (4.63/68/56), Don Rosa (4.62/381/154), Bill Watterson (4.61/9065/2800), Albert Seba (4.6/54/52), Jeff Brumbeau (4.6/81/65), Georg Friedrich Händel (4.59/191/80), Richard Williams (4.59/52/52), Ki Longfellow (4.58/237/176), Carla Emery (4.58/89/89), Tom Tieney (4.58/591/86), Stanley Kunitz (4.57/69/58), Avraham Azrieli (4.57/284/146), Wallace Stevens (4.56/456/359), James C. Christensen (4.56/74/69), Ninya Mikhaila (4.56/58/58), Johann Sebastian Bach (4.55/305/114), Menena Cottin (4.55/93/93), United States. (4.55/71/70), Robert A. Caro (4.54/919/498), Larry Gonick (4.54/763/362), Harold McGee (4.54/392/364), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.53/261/163), David Allen Sibley (4.53/428/266), Dougal Dixon (4.53/183/146), W. Richard Stevens (4.53/280/165), Ludwig van Beethoven (4.53/245/96), Thomas Nelson (4.53/106/95), Bryan A. Garner (4.53/166/113), Eberhard Nestle (4.53/187/187), June Hiatt (4.53/59/59), Michael Whelan (4.53/79/61) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.47/54/54), Christopher Ransom (2.1/121/118), Randy Davila (2.14/122/122), Hal Lindsey (2.34/141/92), Jessica Cutler (2.41/53/53), Rebecca Campbell (2.46/58/53), Stan Lauryssens (2.5/59/53), Sue Lange (2.51/62/57), Nancy Balbirer (2.52/61/61), Michael Gerber (2.53/200/163), John B. Olson (2.53/200/190), Simon Cox (2.56/85/81), Alexandra Ulysses (2.59/90/90), Ellen Fein (2.6/77/61), Melissa P. (2.6/183/177), Arabella Weir (2.6/55/52), Emma Tennant (2.62/189/156), Phoenix Desmond (2.63/58/58), Adèle Lang (2.63/54/53), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.64/84/84), James Bradley (2.65/121/118), Simon (2.67/163/133), Rachael F. Heller (2.69/54/50), Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (2.7/238/52), Andrew Keen (2.71/142/142), Catherine Millet (2.72/201/196), Trudy Baker (2.72/64/60), John Milne (2.72/61/54), Jacquelyn Cook (2.72/96/88), Franz Kafka (2.73/63/63), Charlotte Roche (2.73/299/288), Erich von Däniken (2.74/512/340), Robert D. Stueart (2.75/55/55), Anna Sam (2.76/50/50), Kevin Trudeau (2.77/96/84), The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (2.77/249/81), Naomi Kramer (2.77/53/51), Jill Price (2.78/51/51), Heleen van Royen (2.78/181/117), Gustavus Hindman Miller (2.79/69/69), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Jessica Adams (2.79/119/88), Dell Shannon (2.8/367/50), Phil Hellmuth (2.8/60/57), Noah Charney (2.8/143/141), Tawny Taylor (2.8/113/79), Michael Drosnin (2.8/137/122), Theresa Schwegel (2.81/105/91), Sharon Kendrick (2.83/195/54), Claude Izner (2.83/204/170) — 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 (21.38), Kunihiko Kasahara (15.15), Jane Wagner (14.47), Jay Rubin (11.88), Tom Tomorrow (11.68), Geoffrey Budworth (11.27), Dougal Dixon (9.22), Marvin Minsky (8.48), John Dennis Fitzgerald (8.4), Mona Simpson (7.97), Kenneth Anger (7.91), Larry Gonick (7.77), Richard Brautigan (7.61), Karel Čapek (7.58), Guy Kawasaki (6.93), Parke Godwin (6.58), David Mamet (6.42), Peter Kuper (6.4), Donald Barthelme (6.19), Wallace Stevens (5.84), Richard Ford (5.83), Howard Norman (5.83), Bertolt Brecht (5.79), Lawrence Ferlinghetti (5.51), Edward Albee (5.21), Woody Allen (4.85), Pete Dexter (4.83), Eugene Ionesco (4.62), Carrie Fisher (4.59), Graeme Base (4.26), Luigi Pirandello (4.2), Tennessee Williams (3.89), Friedrich Nietzsche (3.81), Bob Dylan (3.79), Robert Anton Wilson (3.79), John Barth (3.74), David Macaulay (3.74), Raymond Carver (3.72), Scott McCloud (3.57), G. B. Trudeau (3.46), e. e. cummings (3.46), Charles M. Schulz (3.31), Robert A. Heinlein (3.22), Raymond Chandler (2.98), Ralph Ellison (2.95), Richard P. Feynman (2.9), Graham Greene (2.79), Nikolai Gogol (2.69), Philip Roth (2.68), Carson McCullers (2.67) — show more

50 uncontroversial authors

The least divergent star ratings. Must have 50 raters.

Authors who LibraryThing (complete list)

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

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (516,955), Stephen King (385,735), Terry Pratchett (324,565), J. R. R. Tolkien (248,095), C. S. Lewis (232,628), Neil Gaiman (211,584), William Shakespeare (207,119), Nora Roberts (198,008), Agatha Christie (182,821), James Patterson (161,433), Jane Austen (160,529), Isaac Asimov (154,055), Stephenie Meyer (153,408), Charles Dickens (147,034), John Grisham (136,904), Dan Brown (128,418), Anne McCaffrey (127,909), Orson Scott Card (127,504), Janet Evanovich (124,859), Kurt Vonnegut (119,608), Anne Rice (116,048), Douglas Adams (114,604), Dean Koontz (114,455), George Orwell (112,302), Dr. Seuss (111,711), Robert A. Heinlein (108,831), Roald Dahl (107,875), John Steinbeck (107,850), Mercedes Lackey (107,311), Charlaine Harris (100,880), Laurell K. Hamilton (98,886), Margaret Atwood (95,934), George R. R. Martin (95,462), Mark Twain (94,800), Robert Jordan (94,015), Michael Crichton (90,942), Suzanne Collins (90,532), Ernest Hemingway (89,945), Piers Anthony (89,597), Lemony Snicket (88,367), Fyodor Dostoevsky (87,047), Haruki Murakami (84,168), Philip Pullman (83,045), Ray Bradbury (83,004), Gabriel García Márquez (80,306), Mary Pope Osborne (79,447), Anonymous (78,875), Bill Bryson (76,984), David Eddings (76,741), Tom Clancy (75,894), Philip K. Dick (75,743), Jim Butcher (75,715), Jodi Picoult (75,425), Ursula K. Le Guin (75,048), Patricia Cornwell (73,948), F. Scott Fitzgerald (73,072), Frank Herbert (72,064), J. D. Salinger (71,218), Tamora Pierce (70,369), Arthur C. Clarke (70,258), Neal Stephenson (69,589), L. M. Montgomery (69,168), Rick Riordan (68,820), Arthur Conan Doyle (68,452), Carolyn Keene (67,442), Alexander McCall Smith (66,356), Chuck Palahniuk (65,969), John Irving (65,680), Umberto Eco (64,908), Madeleine L'Engle (64,471), Marion Zimmer Bradley (64,215), Stieg Larsson (64,207), Michael Connelly (63,201), Leo Tolstoy (61,142), Nicholas Sparks (60,840) — show more

50 "completist" authors

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

Colleen Doran (53.78), Edward FitzGerald (52.58), Tracy Hickman (48.48), Marc Hempel (43.71), Wilhelm Grimm (39.2), Gentry Lee (35.75), Charles Vess (33.59), Mark Victor Hansen (27.01), John L. Bull (25.55), Sam Kieth (24.78), Simone Beck (24.37), Mike Allred (19.9), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (19.29), Jerry B. Jenkins (18.76), Skip Williams (18.32), Kenneth Robeson (16.54), Richard Sapir (16.24), Lincoln Child (16.06), Bryan Talbot (15.74), Deborah Turner Harris (14.68), Yumi Tamura (13.64), Albert Uderzo (13.14), Scott Dikkers (12.95), CLAMP (12.76), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (12.72), Margit Sandemo (12.64), Saki Hiwatari (12.51), Jerry Pournelle (12.47), Nora Roberts (12.24), Mercedes Lackey (12.03), Dave McKean (11.91), Jack Cohen (11.8), Warren Murphy (11.8), Walter Ralston Martin (11.79), Jill Thompson (11.69), Neta Jackson (11.61), Chie Shinohara (11.59), Friedrich Engels (11.3), James Axler (11.14), Yoko Kamio (11.09), Rumiko Takahashi (11.07), Roger Leloup (10.95), Sean Michael (10.89), Don Pendleton (10.86), Eiichiro Oda (10.85), K. H. Scheer (10.74), Rob Kaplan (10.71), Naoki Urasawa (10.45), Frank W. Abagnale (10.38), Kentaro Miura (10.37) — 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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