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50 top-rated authors

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

Lesley Brown (4.81/51/50), Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.76/80/80), Janet Arnold (4.74/287/129), Crossway Bibles (4.7/554/496), William R. Trumble (4.7/80/80), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.7/94/73), Ollie Johnston (4.69/88/76), Arthur G. Bennett (4.69/178/178), William M. Gaines (4.68/394/61), Karl Elliger (4.64/102/102), Luigi Serafini (4.63/97/95), Harold Abelson (4.62/211/208), Bill Watterson (4.62/9763/3059), Richard Williams (4.61/53/53), Don Rosa (4.6/469/175), George Frideric Handel (4.6/198/85), Matthew Desmond (4.6/68/70), Tom Tierney (4.6/581/87), Steve Purcell (4.59/70/58), June Hiatt (4.57/68/68), Avraham Azrieli (4.57/288/149), Carla Emery (4.57/94/94), Ninya Mikhaila (4.57/61/61), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.56/298/183), Adam Tooze (4.56/67/64), Jeff Brumbeau (4.55/92/74), Michael Whelan (4.55/85/64), Harold McGee (4.55/413/386), Stanley Kunitz (4.54/78/65), Johann Sebastian Bach (4.54/344/127), Albert Seba (4.54/60/57), Eberhard Nestle (4.54/196/194), Ki Longfellow (4.54/249/187), Peter Menzel (4.53/290/254), Drew Daywalt (4.53/425/379), Robert A. Caro (4.53/1039/561), Rena Kornreich Gelissen (4.53/52/52), Robert Kapilow (4.53/115/115), James C. Christensen (4.53/77/71), David Allen Sibley (4.52/454/284), W. Richard Stevens (4.52/298/176), Adam Makos (4.52/121/118), Brandon Stanton (4.52/152/132), Ludwig van Beethoven (4.52/291/110), Bryan Stevenson (4.51/140/140), Robert Bringhurst (4.51/289/260), Menena Cottin (4.51/119/119), Jim Pojar (4.51/65/59), Douglas A. Blackmon (4.51/74/74) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.62/61/61), Books LLC (1.83/221/50), Robin Wyatt Dunn (2.09/82/69), Randy Davila (2.15/122/122), Christopher Ransom (2.16/134/129), Jessica Cutler (2.39/55/55), Hal Lindsey (2.41/149/98), Rebecca Campbell (2.46/60/55), Sue Lange (2.52/64/59), Michael Gerber (2.53/205/165), Nancy Balbirer (2.55/60/60), John B. Olson (2.55/203/194), Simon Cox (2.59/88/84), Alexandra Ulysses (2.6/87/87), Melissa P. (2.61/195/187), Emma Tennant (2.61/207/170), Arabella Weir (2.64/62/58), Joanne Dahme (2.65/54/51), Adèle Lang (2.65/57/56), Anna Sam (2.66/59/59), Ellen Fein (2.66/86/68), John Milne (2.67/63/56), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.68/90/90), Simon (2.7/172/142), Andrew Keen (2.7/158/158), The Goldman Family (2.71/61/61), Erich von Däniken (2.72/544/376), Catherine Millet (2.72/212/207), Jacquelyn Cook (2.73/97/89), Trudy Baker (2.73/66/62), Phoenix Desmond (2.73/55/55), Charlotte Roche (2.75/322/307), Steve Lookner (2.76/72/67), Douglas Monroe (2.77/59/51), Eden Cole (2.78/115/51), James Bradley (2.78/136/131), Thomas Kohnstamm (2.79/52/52), Michael Drosnin (2.79/150/134), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Theresa Schwegel (2.8/109/95), Phil Hellmuth (2.81/62/59), Jill Price (2.81/52/52), Grant R. Jeffrey (2.81/84/61), Heleen van Royen (2.81/195/126), Tawny Taylor (2.81/140/95), Kevin Trudeau (2.81/99/86), Nostradamus (2.81/97/83), Naomi Kramer (2.82/76/70), Xaviera Hollander (2.82/86/78), Michael Avallone (2.82/67/50) — 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)

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

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (557,748), Stephen King (431,295), Terry Pratchett (353,623), J. R. R. Tolkien (273,701), C. S. Lewis (257,462), Neil Gaiman (235,583), William Shakespeare (225,424), Nora Roberts (224,102), Agatha Christie (205,762), James Patterson (186,959), Jane Austen (174,665), Isaac Asimov (168,936), Stephenie Meyer (163,767), Charles Dickens (163,410), John Grisham (152,367), Dan Brown (138,891), Janet Evanovich (138,698), Orson Scott Card (138,322), Anne McCaffrey (137,081), Dr. Seuss (130,011), Kurt Vonnegut (129,436), Dean Koontz (128,945), Anne Rice (125,186), Douglas Adams (123,617), George Orwell (122,399), Roald Dahl (120,663), John Steinbeck (117,913), Robert A. Heinlein (116,812), Mercedes Lackey (116,086), George R. R. Martin (114,259), Charlaine Harris (111,265), Margaret Atwood (106,113), Laurell K. Hamilton (105,606), Mark Twain (105,567), Suzanne Collins (104,557), Robert Jordan (102,667), Ernest Hemingway (99,226), Michael Crichton (99,028), Lemony Snicket (98,077), Piers Anthony (95,695), Fyodor Dostoevsky (94,737), Haruki Murakami (94,576), Mary Pope Osborne (93,204), Ray Bradbury (91,864), Philip Pullman (88,334), Jim Butcher (86,993), Gabriel García Márquez (86,966), Rick Riordan (85,714), Bill Bryson (84,457), Philip K. Dick (83,066), Jodi Picoult (82,784), Patricia Cornwell (82,701), Ursula K. Le Guin (82,606), Tom Clancy (82,403), David Eddings (81,855), F. Scott Fitzgerald (80,119), Arthur Conan Doyle (78,326), Frank Herbert (78,050), Carolyn Keene (77,233), Arthur C. Clarke (76,761), Tamora Pierce (76,306), J. D. Salinger (76,197), L. M. Montgomery (75,549), Neal Stephenson (75,545), Alexander McCall Smith (73,775), Michael Connelly (73,241), Umberto Eco (70,752), Chuck Palahniuk (70,618), Anonymous (70,595), Stieg Larsson (70,446), Madeleine L'Engle (70,223), John Irving (70,065), Marion Zimmer Bradley (68,378), Nicholas Sparks (68,228), Leo Tolstoy (67,832) — show more

50 "completist" authors

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

Tracy Hickman (52.2), Wilhelm Grimm (47.87), Marc Hempel (46.45), Gentry Lee (39.07), Mark Victor Hansen (30.45), John L. Bull (28.13), Sam Kieth (27.5), George R. Stewart (27.12), Simone Beck (26.51), Jerry B. Jenkins (21.22), Mike Allred (20.96), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (20.42), Skip Williams (19.11), Lincoln Child (18.74), Richard Sapir (18.49), Tasha Tudor (18.01), Kenneth Robeson (17.77), Albert Uderzo (17.69), Charles Vess (16.82), Deborah Turner Harris (15.74), Jack Du Brul (15.13), Yumi Tamura (14.86), Jerry Pournelle (14.78), Don Pendleton (14.23), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (14.06), Nora Roberts (14.01), CLAMP (13.81), Warren Murphy (13.79), Neta Jackson (13.76), Scott Dikkers (13.73), James Axler (13.55), Chie Shinohara (13.47), Margit Sandemo (13.46), Dave McKean (13.33), Walter Ralston Martin (13.33), Eiichiro Oda (13.1), Mercedes Lackey (13.09), Jack Cohen (12.99), Saki Hiwatari (12.98), Milo Manara (12.98), Friedrich Engels (12.74), K. H. Scheer (12.53), Jill Thompson (12.47), Roger Leloup (12.47), Naoki Urasawa (12.45), Rumiko Takahashi (12.27), Sean Michael (12.07), Betty Neels (12.01), Bryan Talbot (11.93), Kentaro Miura (11.83) — 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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