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50 top-rated authors

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

Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.76/82/82), Janet Arnold (4.75/283/127), Crossway Bibles (4.7/211/202), William R. Trumble (4.7/79/79), Arthur G. Bennett (4.68/168/168), Ollie Johnston (4.68/87/75), William M. Gaines (4.68/391/58), Luigi Serafini (4.67/90/88), Karl Elliger (4.65/101/101), Harold Abelson (4.63/206/203), Steve Purcell (4.63/68/56), Don Rosa (4.62/407/165), Bill Watterson (4.61/9402/2936), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.61/94/73), Georg Friedrich Händel (4.6/192/82), Jeff Brumbeau (4.6/83/67), Richard Williams (4.59/53/53), Tom Tierney (4.57/601/87), Avraham Azrieli (4.57/285/147), Ninya Mikhaila (4.57/59/59), Michael Whelan (4.57/82/62), Carla Emery (4.56/93/93), Adam Tooze (4.56/56/56), Ki Longfellow (4.56/246/184), Albert Seba (4.55/57/54), Stanley Kunitz (4.55/74/62), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.55/275/171), June Hiatt (4.55/64/64), Harold McGee (4.54/403/376), Robert A. Caro (4.54/993/535), United States. (4.54/96/95), David Allen Sibley (4.54/449/280), Eberhard Nestle (4.53/194/192), Johann Sebastian Bach (4.53/335/120), Bryan Stevenson (4.53/65/65), Adam Makos (4.53/83/81), Jonathan Larson (4.53/70/62), Peter Menzel (4.52/277/242), Robert Kapilow (4.52/112/112), James C. Christensen (4.52/74/68), Menena Cottin (4.52/104/104), Thomas Nelson (4.52/108/97), W. Richard Stevens (4.52/292/172), Gail Boushey (4.51/71/53), Jane Sowerby (4.51/165/165), Clifford Ashley (4.51/66/64), Douglas A. Blackmon (4.51/71/71), Gregory Boyle (4.51/74/74), Aaron Becker (4.51/158/138) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.52/56/56), Robin Wyatt Dunn (2.07/61/54), Christopher Ransom (2.15/131/126), Randy Davila (2.17/123/122), Hal Lindsey (2.35/146/96), 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 (2.54/204/164), Simon Cox (2.58/87/83), Ellen Fein (2.58/79/63), Alexandra Ulysses (2.6/87/87), Melissa P. (2.6/191/183), Emma Tennant (2.62/198/162), Arabella Weir (2.65/61/57), Adèle Lang (2.65/55/54), Anna Sam (2.65/55/55), Joanne Dahme (2.66/53/50), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.67/88/88), John Milne (2.67/63/56), Simon (2.69/168/138), Erich von Däniken (2.69/522/359), Phoenix Desmond (2.7/56/56), Andrew Keen (2.71/154/154), Trudy Baker (2.72/67/63), Catherine Millet (2.72/207/202), Jacquelyn Cook (2.72/96/88), Charlotte Roche (2.74/317/303), Kevin Trudeau (2.75/95/84), Thomas Kohnstamm (2.76/50/50), Douglas Monroe (2.77/58/50), The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (2.77/256/86), Robert D. Stueart (2.78/57/57), James Bradley (2.78/130/126), Naomi Kramer (2.78/65/61), Theresa Schwegel (2.79/107/93), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Dell Shannon (2.8/370/52), Michael Drosnin (2.81/142/126), Phil Hellmuth (2.81/62/59), Jill Price (2.81/52/52), Noah Charney (2.81/150/148), Nostradamus (2.81/94/80), Heleen van Royen (2.82/192/124), Tawny Taylor (2.82/136/91), The Goldman Family (2.82/56/56), Claude Izner (2.82/221/184), Sharon Kendrick (2.82/239/68) — 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.

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (1.97), New World Bible Translation Committee (1.87), Joseph Smith (1.72), Victoria Foyt (1.63), Holy Ghost Writer (1.5), Mrs. Henry Wood (1.45), Douglas Monroe (1.45), Sayed A. A. Razwy (1.45), Michael J. Behe (1.44), Hal Lindsey (1.42), Stan Lauryssens (1.42), Robert Newcomb (1.42), Kirsty Moseley (1.41), Lois H. Gresh (1.39), Alexandra Ulysses (1.39), Rick Joyner (1.39), Sharon Lathan (1.39), Adolf Hitler (1.37), Al Lacy (1.37), David Icke (1.37), E. L. James (1.37), Madeline Sheehan (1.37), Janice Anderson (1.36), Judy Katschke (1.36), Andrew Sinclair (1.36), Immanuel Velikovsky (1.36), Rhonda Byrne (1.35), Kate Douglas (1.35), Kevin Trudeau (1.35), Ravinder Singh (1.34), Jessica Cutler (1.34), C. I. Scofield (1.34), Allen Carr (1.34), Ken Ham (1.34), James L. Rubart (1.34), John Maynard Keynes (1.33), Debi Pearl (1.33), William P. Young (1.33), Nina Malkin (1.33), Caroline Fleming (1.33), Douglas Glover (1.33), William A. Dembski (1.33), Jacques Rancière (1.32), A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1.32), Molly McAdams (1.32), Richard Abanes (1.32), Konstantinos (1.31), K.A. Linde (1.31), Toni Bentley (1.31), Tucker Max (1.31) — show more

50 uncontroversial authors

The least divergent star ratings. Must have 50 raters.

Edward L. Ferman (0.42), Constance Cappel (0.43), The Kyoto Costume Institute (0.47), Janet Arnold (0.56), Steve Purcell (0.57), Eric Wright (0.58), Adam Tooze (0.58), Richard Williams (0.58), Alison Gopnik (0.59), Wendy Mogel (0.59), R. G. Grant (0.59), Robert E. Wells (0.6), Dianne Salerni (0.6), Albert Seba (0.6), Adam Makos (0.6), Lars Svensson (0.6), Craig L. Symonds (0.6), Larry Tye (0.6), Gail Boushey (0.6), Stephen Dedman (0.61), Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (0.61), Bob Pflugfelder (0.61), Laurie Westphal (0.61), Elizabeth Rusch (0.61), Barbara Demick (0.61), Halima Bashir (0.61), Rosy Thornton (0.62), William R. Trumble (0.62), Elliott Holt (0.62), Ninya Mikhaila (0.62), Ernest B. Furgurson (0.62), Gordon Van Gelder (0.62), Rowan Jacobsen (0.62), Douglas A. Blackmon (0.63), Hena Khan (0.63), Steve Zaloga (0.63), Marc Morris (0.63), Brendan I. Koerner (0.63), Don Rosa (0.63), Avraham Azrieli (0.63), Anna Botsford Comstock (0.63), Helen F.M. Leary (0.63), Kevin Boyle (0.63), Janet Martin Soskice (0.63), Kenji Yoshino (0.63), Andrew Chambliss (0.63), Leah Wilcox (0.63), Jane Sowerby (0.63), Paul A. Offit (0.63), David Allen Sibley (0.64) — show more

Authors who LibraryThing (complete list)

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

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (538,046), Stephen King (409,142), Terry Pratchett (339,696), J. R. R. Tolkien (262,547), C. S. Lewis (245,552), Neil Gaiman (223,660), William Shakespeare (215,215), Nora Roberts (209,946), Agatha Christie (193,601), James Patterson (173,089), Jane Austen (167,846), Isaac Asimov (162,427), Stephenie Meyer (158,888), Charles Dickens (155,638), John Grisham (144,797), Dan Brown (134,131), Orson Scott Card (133,054), Anne McCaffrey (132,218), Janet Evanovich (131,507), Kurt Vonnegut (125,081), Dean Koontz (121,547), Dr. Seuss (121,131), Anne Rice (120,510), Douglas Adams (119,513), George Orwell (117,954), Roald Dahl (114,681), Robert A. Heinlein (113,744), John Steinbeck (113,283), Mercedes Lackey (111,656), George R. R. Martin (106,211), Charlaine Harris (105,478), Laurell K. Hamilton (101,766), Margaret Atwood (100,885), Mark Twain (100,668), Robert Jordan (98,713), Suzanne Collins (98,634), Michael Crichton (95,175), Ernest Hemingway (95,163), Piers Anthony (93,162), Lemony Snicket (93,026), Fyodor Dostoevsky (91,328), Haruki Murakami (90,167), Ray Bradbury (87,454), Mary Pope Osborne (86,584), Philip Pullman (85,369), Gabriel García Márquez (83,966), Jim Butcher (80,853), Bill Bryson (80,718), Tom Clancy (80,025), Philip K. Dick (79,590), Jodi Picoult (79,379), David Eddings (79,335), Ursula K. Le Guin (79,061), Patricia Cornwell (78,418), Rick Riordan (77,585), F. Scott Fitzgerald (76,915), Frank Herbert (75,231), Arthur C. Clarke (73,974), J. D. Salinger (73,892), Arthur Conan Doyle (73,601), Tamora Pierce (73,411), Carolyn Keene (72,769), Neal Stephenson (72,735), L. M. Montgomery (72,211), Anonymous (71,490), Alexander McCall Smith (70,308), Chuck Palahniuk (68,357), Michael Connelly (68,204), Umberto Eco (67,948), John Irving (67,834), Stieg Larsson (67,740), Madeleine L'Engle (67,607), Marion Zimmer Bradley (66,391), Leo Tolstoy (64,701), Nicholas Sparks (64,516) — show more

50 "completist" authors

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

Tracy Hickman (50.64), Wilhelm Grimm (45.14), Marc Hempel (44.96), Gentry Lee (37.61), Mark Victor Hansen (28.82), John L. Bull (26.86), Sam Kieth (25.9), Simone Beck (25.5), Jerry B. Jenkins (20.26), Mike Allred (20.14), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (19.93), Skip Williams (18.75), Richard Sapir (17.95), Kenneth Robeson (17.45), Lincoln Child (17.45), Albert Uderzo (15.97), Deborah Turner Harris (15.22), Charles Vess (14.8), Jerry Pournelle (14.35), Yumi Tamura (13.95), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (13.51), Scott Dikkers (13.25), Warren Murphy (13.22), CLAMP (13.18), Nora Roberts (13.1), James Axler (13.03), Neta Jackson (12.93), Margit Sandemo (12.86), Saki Hiwatari (12.82), Dave McKean (12.81), Walter Ralston Martin (12.73), Chie Shinohara (12.71), Don Pendleton (12.67), Mercedes Lackey (12.57), Jack Cohen (12.41), Friedrich Engels (12.21), Jill Thompson (12.05), Rumiko Takahashi (11.75), Eiichiro Oda (11.64), Gosho Aoyama (11.56), Naoki Urasawa (11.44), Bryan Talbot (11.44), Yoko Kamio (11.33), Roger Leloup (11.28), Sean Michael (11.24), K. H. Scheer (11.24), Rob Kaplan (11.23), Frank W. Abagnale (10.97), Kentaro Miura (10.91), Jack Kirby (10.89) — 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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