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50 top-rated authors

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

Sergei Mavrodi (4.89/74/74), Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), Janet Arnold (4.76/299/134), Monica Clark-Robinson (4.73/56/56), Baha'u'llah (4.73/167/50), Arthur G. Bennett (4.7/214/214), Crossway Bibles (4.69/735/614), Lesley Brown (4.69/121/116), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.69/106/84), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.67/94/94), Simon Langton (4.66/97/55), Jonathan B. Parshall (4.64/53/53), William M. Gaines (4.63/399/70), Frank H. Netter (4.62/109/61), Bill Watterson (4.62/11294/3533), Harold Abelson (4.62/233/229), (4.61/71/54), John J. Palmer (4.61/75/56), Jill Twiss (4.6/131/127), Karl Elliger (4.59/113/113), Jennifer Block (4.58/54/54), Jenn Dlugos (4.58/62/57), Johanna Basford (4.58/107/56), Jennie Bishop (4.57/67/51), Bryan Stevenson (4.57/521/517), Mike Mavrigian (4.57/64/57), Jeff Brumbeau (4.57/117/94), Pete Souza (4.57/137/119), Ninya Mikhaila (4.56/63/63), Menena Cottin (4.56/160/158), Avraham Azrieli (4.56/297/153), Luigi Serafini (4.56/138/133), James Jean (4.56/95/66), Julia Finley Mosca (4.56/107/93), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.56/361/210), Chanel Miller (4.55/69/71), Catherine D. Hughes (4.55/71/59), Ollie Johnston (4.55/109/88), Harold McGee (4.54/468/438), Nabeel Qureshi (4.54/103/86), Lindsay Mattick (4.53/212/211), John Lewis (4.53/1107/618), Westminster Assembly (4.53/76/68), Rena Kornreich Gelissen (4.53/61/61), Albert Seba (4.53/70/67), Karen Levine (4.53/495/495), Don Rosa (4.53/590/200), Laurie Westphal (4.52/171/126), Marcus Hearn (4.52/150/67), Virginia Fleming (4.52/65/65) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.75/74/73), Books LLC (1.9/229/58), Randy Davila (2.17/125/125), Robin Wyatt Dunn (2.2/134/112), Christopher Ransom (2.22/149/141), Jessica Cutler (2.43/60/60), Rebecca Campbell (2.44/62/57), Hal Lindsey (2.47/159/105), Sue Lange (2.48/65/59), Rebecca Wolff (2.51/57/51), Hannah Tennant-Moore (2.52/52/52), John B. Olson (2.55/204/195), Melissa P. (2.56/221/208), William L. Pierce (2.56/65/57), Alexander Campion (2.59/63/57), Alexandra Ulysses (2.6/87/87), Janet Groth (2.6/61/61), Michael Gerber (2.6/222/180), Nancy Balbirer (2.61/64/64), Simon Cox (2.61/96/90), Daisy Waugh (2.64/50/50), Arabella Weir (2.67/62/58), Joanne Dahme (2.67/56/53), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.67/94/94), Catherine Millet (2.67/228/223), Anna Sam (2.67/64/64), Dave Bruno (2.68/53/53), Adèle Lang (2.68/58/57), Simon (2.68/171/147), O. J. Simpson (2.69/94/92), Emma Tennant (2.7/239/190), Trudy Baker (2.71/71/67), Douglas Monroe (2.72/65/56), Eden Cole (2.73/135/59), Jacquelyn Cook (2.74/97/89), Robin Kirman (2.75/59/59), Billy Corgan (2.75/51/51), Ellen Fein (2.76/97/75), Cook Coleridge (2.76/60/60), Jennifer Vandever (2.76/52/52), Tara Bray Smith (2.76/102/101), Sam Christer (2.77/63/57), Vonna Harper (2.77/100/58), John Milne (2.77/66/59), Erich von Däniken (2.78/611/425), Phoenix Desmond (2.78/55/55), Charlotte Roche (2.78/349/334), Michael Drosnin (2.79/167/149), Tracy Quan (2.79/117/92), Frank Brennan (2.8/106/95) — 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.

Authors who LibraryThing (complete list)

Lee Child, Diana Gabaldon, Brandon Sanderson, Don Maitz, Sandra Brown, John Green, David Brin, Laurie R. King, Jon Scieszka, Patrick Rothfuss, Laurie Halse Anderson, Joe Hill, Naomi Novik, Jude Deveraux, Diane Duane, James Dashner, Ann Brashares, Jennifer Weiner, James Rollins, Elizabeth Bear, Nancy Holder, Andrew Gross, Susan Mallery, Dan Chaon, Chris Bohjalian, Melissa Marr, Manon Smits, N. K. Jemisin, Janny Wurts, Joan Holub, Tite Kubo, Angela Elwell Hunt, Randy Alcorn, Sharon Kay Penman, Jo Beverley, Alan M. Clark, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Susan Wiggs, Alma Flor Ada, Deborah Harkness, Susan Wittig Albert, Alan Furst, Adriana Trigiani, Jonathan Maberry, Laini Taylor, Laini Taylor, Nnedi Okorafor, Sarah Addison Allen, Kevin Hearne, Sharon Lee — see the full list.

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (693,846), Stephen King (555,178), Terry Pratchett (430,555), J. R. R. Tolkien (343,876), C. S. Lewis (339,897), Neil Gaiman (299,222), Nora Roberts (294,126), William Shakespeare (293,824), Agatha Christie (271,709), James Patterson (269,819), Jane Austen (215,955), Charles Dickens (212,111), Isaac Asimov (208,241), John Grisham (198,030), Dr. Seuss (192,716), Stephenie Meyer (191,732), Janet Evanovich (170,407), Dan Brown (166,685), Roald Dahl (165,366), Orson Scott Card (164,465), Dean Koontz (162,822), Anne McCaffrey (161,107), Mary Pope Osborne (159,625), George R. R. Martin (156,228), Kurt Vonnegut (153,672), George Orwell (153,062), Anne Rice (147,181), Douglas Adams (146,712), Rick Riordan (146,402), John Steinbeck (146,099), Mark Twain (138,924), Margaret Atwood (138,708), Suzanne Collins (137,706), Robert A. Heinlein (137,588), Mercedes Lackey (136,309), Charlaine Harris (135,984), Lemony Snicket (133,622), Robert Jordan (126,470), Ernest Hemingway (123,350), Laurell K. Hamilton (122,399), Michael Crichton (121,443), Haruki Murakami (120,794), Fyodor Dostoevsky (119,522), Ray Bradbury (116,391), Jim Butcher (112,866), Piers Anthony (112,724), Carolyn Keene (111,499), Philip Pullman (110,893), Ursula K. Le Guin (109,404), Arthur Conan Doyle (107,211), Gabriel García Márquez (106,901), Philip K. Dick (105,306), Bill Bryson (103,907), Jodi Picoult (103,363), Michael Connelly (101,231), L. M. Montgomery (101,067), Patricia Cornwell (100,702), F. Scott Fitzgerald (99,946), David Eddings (96,691), R. L. Stine (96,139), Arthur C. Clarke (94,455), Clive Cussler (94,325), Frank Herbert (93,940), Tamora Pierce (93,775), Alexander McCall Smith (93,406), Tom Clancy (93,139), Laura Ingalls Wilder (91,465), Neal Stephenson (91,293), Madeleine L'Engle (91,104), Nicholas Sparks (90,909), Beverly Cleary (89,415), J. D. Salinger (89,045), Stan Berenstain (88,134), Leo Tolstoy (86,935), Umberto Eco (86,458) — show more

50 "completist" authors

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

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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