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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 (5.18/112/58), Jay Rubin (4.9/109/107), Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.76/81/81), Janet Arnold (4.75/281/125), Crossway Bibles (4.73/187/180), William R. Trumble (4.7/79/79), Ollie Johnston (4.69/87/76), William M. Gaines (4.68/382/56), Luigi Serafini (4.68/81/79), Karl Elliger (4.68/98/98), Arthur G. Bennett (4.67/165/165), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.66/86/65), Harold Abelson (4.64/201/198), Steve Purcell (4.63/68/56), Don Rosa (4.62/388/157), Bill Watterson (4.61/9133/2839), Jeff Brumbeau (4.6/81/65), United States. (4.59/81/82), Albert Seba (4.59/55/53), Georg Friedrich Händel (4.59/191/80), Jonathan Larson (4.59/68/60), Richard Williams (4.59/52/52), Adam Makos (4.59/52/51), Ki Longfellow (4.58/239/177), Tom Tierney (4.58/593/86), Carla Emery (4.57/90/90), Avraham Azrieli (4.57/284/146), Ninya Mikhaila (4.56/58/58), Wallace Stevens (4.56/458/362), Stanley Kunitz (4.56/71/60), James C. Christensen (4.55/73/68), Johann Sebastian Bach (4.55/309/117), Larry Gonick (4.54/768/363), Harold McGee (4.54/398/370), June Hiatt (4.54/61/61), Robert A. Caro (4.54/941/505), David Allen Sibley (4.54/435/271), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.53/261/163), Aaron Becker (4.53/90/84), Menena Cottin (4.53/95/95), W. Richard Stevens (4.53/281/166), Gail Boushey (4.53/71/53), Michael Whelan (4.53/79/61), Ludwig van Beethoven (4.52/246/96), Peter Menzel (4.52/266/231) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.47/54/54), Christopher Ransom (2.13/125/120), Randy Davila (2.15/124/124), Hal Lindsey (2.36/144/96), Jessica Cutler (2.42/54/54), Rebecca Campbell (2.45/59/54), Nancy Balbirer (2.52/61/61), Michael Gerber (2.53/201/164), John B. Olson (2.53/199/189), Sue Lange (2.55/63/58), Simon Cox (2.57/87/83), Ellen Fein (2.58/78/62), Alexandra Ulysses (2.58/89/89), Emma Tennant (2.62/190/157), Melissa P. (2.63/184/177), Arabella Weir (2.64/56/53), James Bradley (2.65/121/118), Adèle Lang (2.65/55/54), Phoenix Desmond (2.66/57/57), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.66/86/86), Simon (2.66/165/135), Erich von Däniken (2.69/508/346), Rachael F. Heller (2.69/55/51), John Milne (2.69/62/55), Andrew Keen (2.71/142/142), Charlotte Roche (2.72/306/295), Trudy Baker (2.72/65/61), Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (2.72/228/50), Jacquelyn Cook (2.72/96/88), Catherine Millet (2.73/203/198), Anna Sam (2.74/53/53), Robert D. Stueart (2.75/55/55), Kevin Trudeau (2.77/96/84), The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (2.77/251/83), Naomi Kramer (2.79/54/52), Sharon Kendrick (2.79/214/59), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Gustavus Hindman Miller (2.8/71/71), Jessica Adams (2.8/122/89), Dell Shannon (2.8/367/50), Phil Hellmuth (2.8/60/57), Theresa Schwegel (2.81/106/92), Jill Price (2.81/52/52), Tawny Taylor (2.81/118/81), Noah Charney (2.81/145/143), Elliott Roosevelt (2.82/174/59), Michael Drosnin (2.83/140/124), Claude Izner (2.83/210/175), Mel Gilden (2.83/115/80), Philip Prowse (2.83/304/239) — 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 (11.83), Tom Tomorrow (11.63), Geoffrey Budworth (11.27), Dougal Dixon (9), Marvin Minsky (8.44), John Dennis Fitzgerald (8.33), Kenneth Anger (7.88), Mona Simpson (7.77), Larry Gonick (7.74), Richard Brautigan (7.57), Karel Čapek (7.48), Parke Godwin (6.82), Guy Kawasaki (6.82), David Mamet (6.37), Peter Kuper (6.36), Donald Barthelme (6.14), Wallace Stevens (5.82), Richard Ford (5.77), Bertolt Brecht (5.76), Howard Norman (5.73), Lawrence Ferlinghetti (5.39), Edward Albee (5.19), Woody Allen (4.81), Pete Dexter (4.74), Eugene Ionesco (4.6), Carrie Fisher (4.56), Graeme Base (4.23), Luigi Pirandello (4.18), Tennessee Williams (3.86), Friedrich Nietzsche (3.78), Robert Anton Wilson (3.77), Bob Dylan (3.77), John Barth (3.74), David Macaulay (3.7), Raymond Carver (3.68), Scott McCloud (3.55), G. B. Trudeau (3.45), e. e. cummings (3.44), Charles M. Schulz (3.28), Robert A. Heinlein (3.2), Raymond Chandler (2.95), Ralph Ellison (2.93), Richard P. Feynman (2.87), Graham Greene (2.77), Philip Roth (2.66), Carson McCullers (2.66), Nikolai Gogol (2.65) — show more

50 uncontroversial authors

The least divergent star ratings. Must have 50 raters.

Edward L. Ferman (0.41), Constance Cappel (0.43), The Kyoto Costume Institute (0.47), Janet Arnold (0.56), Larry Tye (0.57), Robert E. Wells (0.57), Steve Purcell (0.57), Adam Makos (0.58), Kevin Poulsen (0.58), Alison Gopnik (0.59), Richard Williams (0.59), Barbara Demick (0.6), Albert Seba (0.6), R. G. Grant (0.6), Gail Boushey (0.6), Lars Svensson (0.61), Blake Bailey (0.61), Yvvette Edwards (0.61), Stephen Dedman (0.61), Rosy Thornton (0.61), Bob Pflugfelder (0.61), Takako Shimura (0.61), Craig L. Symonds (0.62), William R. Trumble (0.62), Elizabeth Rusch (0.62), Laurie Westphal (0.62), Karl Elliger (0.62), Halima Bashir (0.62), David O. Stewart (0.62), Izzeldin Abuelaish (0.62), Ninya Mikhaila (0.62), Anna Botsford Comstock (0.63), Don Rosa (0.63), Steve Yarbrough (0.63), Board for Certification of Genealogists (0.63), Avraham Azrieli (0.63), Rose George (0.63), Rowan Jacobsen (0.63), Marc Morris (0.63), Christie Watson (0.63), Gordon Van Gelder (0.63), Jane Sowerby (0.63), Ann Weisgarber (0.63), Leah Wilcox (0.63), Kyo Maclear (0.63), Bill Konigsberg (0.63), Steve Zaloga (0.63), David Allen Sibley (0.63), Nicholas Butler (0.64), Kevin Boyle (0.64) — show more

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, Joe Hill, Chris Bohjalian, Elizabeth Bear, Janny Wurts, Dan Chaon, Melissa Marr, Nancy Holder, Patrick Rothfuss, Jo Beverley, Sharon Kay Penman, Tite Kubo, Susan Mallery, James Dashner, Susan Wittig Albert, Edward R. Tufte, Alan Furst, Adriana Trigiani, Susan Wiggs, Randy Alcorn, Matthew Pearl, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Lynn Viehl, Sharon Lee, Sarah Addison Allen, Sholem Berger, Tatiana Holway, Neal Asher, Sabrina Jeffries, C. E. Murphy, Cate Dermody, Andrew Vachss, Sherryl Woods — see the full list.

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (522,352), Stephen King (392,212), Terry Pratchett (328,569), J. R. R. Tolkien (251,252), C. S. Lewis (235,714), Neil Gaiman (214,509), William Shakespeare (209,504), Nora Roberts (202,015), Agatha Christie (185,647), James Patterson (164,888), Jane Austen (162,123), Isaac Asimov (156,132), Stephenie Meyer (155,020), Charles Dickens (149,026), John Grisham (138,604), Dan Brown (129,913), Anne McCaffrey (129,449), Orson Scott Card (129,312), Janet Evanovich (126,883), Kurt Vonnegut (120,986), Anne Rice (117,346), Dean Koontz (116,749), Douglas Adams (115,852), Dr. Seuss (114,473), George Orwell (113,593), Robert A. Heinlein (110,170), Roald Dahl (109,856), John Steinbeck (109,052), Mercedes Lackey (108,450), Charlaine Harris (102,540), Laurell K. Hamilton (100,269), George R. R. Martin (98,066), Margaret Atwood (97,241), Mark Twain (96,348), Robert Jordan (95,543), Suzanne Collins (92,856), Michael Crichton (92,204), Ernest Hemingway (91,287), Piers Anthony (90,494), Lemony Snicket (89,964), Fyodor Dostoevsky (88,057), Haruki Murakami (85,704), Ray Bradbury (84,224), Philip Pullman (84,038), Mary Pope Osborne (81,518), Gabriel García Márquez (81,380), Anonymous (80,540), Bill Bryson (77,907), Jim Butcher (77,466), David Eddings (77,365), Tom Clancy (77,036), Philip K. Dick (76,640), Jodi Picoult (76,597), Ursula K. Le Guin (76,100), Patricia Cornwell (75,001), F. Scott Fitzgerald (74,075), Frank Herbert (72,816), J. D. Salinger (71,911), Tamora Pierce (71,694), Rick Riordan (71,355), Arthur C. Clarke (71,320), Neal Stephenson (70,408), Carolyn Keene (70,024), L. M. Montgomery (69,973), Arthur Conan Doyle (69,755), Alexander McCall Smith (67,232), Chuck Palahniuk (66,642), John Irving (66,194), Umberto Eco (65,634), Madeleine L'Engle (65,269), Stieg Larsson (65,017), Marion Zimmer Bradley (64,839), Michael Connelly (64,220), Leo Tolstoy (62,035), Nicholas Sparks (61,892) — show more

50 "completist" authors

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

Colleen Doran (54.44), Edward FitzGerald (53.08), Tracy Hickman (49.39), Marc Hempel (44.13), Wilhelm Grimm (40.38), Gentry Lee (36.54), Charles Vess (33.99), Mark Victor Hansen (27.64), John L. Bull (26.3), Sam Kieth (25.06), Simone Beck (24.75), Richmond Lattimore (21.94), Mike Allred (20.18), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (19.52), Jerry B. Jenkins (19.17), Skip Williams (18.48), Kenneth Robeson (17.04), Quentin Blake (17.03), Lincoln Child (16.54), Richard Sapir (16.44), Bryan Talbot (15.96), Deborah Turner Harris (14.86), Yumi Tamura (13.78), Albert Uderzo (13.39), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (13.28), Scott Dikkers (13.03), CLAMP (12.87), Margit Sandemo (12.71), Jerry Pournelle (12.69), Nora Roberts (12.63), Saki Hiwatari (12.41), Mercedes Lackey (12.22), Dave McKean (12.17), Walter Ralston Martin (12.13), Neta Jackson (12.03), Jack Cohen (12.02), Warren Murphy (11.94), Chie Shinohara (11.91), Jill Thompson (11.84), Friedrich Engels (11.49), James Axler (11.49), Rumiko Takahashi (11.27), Don Pendleton (11.21), Eiichiro Oda (11.17), Yoko Kamio (11.08), Sean Michael (11.01), Rob Kaplan (10.92), Roger Leloup (10.89), K. H. Scheer (10.78), Naoki Urasawa (10.63) — 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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