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50 top-rated authors

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

Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), Janet Arnold (4.75/289/130), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.74/85/83), Arthur G. Bennett (4.69/185/185), Crossway Bibles (4.69/600/524), Ollie Johnston (4.68/92/80), William R. Trumble (4.67/83/83), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.67/98/77), Karl Elliger (4.65/104/104), Frank H. Netter (4.65/94/51), William M. Gaines (4.63/393/61), Harold Abelson (4.62/214/211), Bill Watterson (4.62/10087/3151), Richard Williams (4.61/53/53), Lin-Manuel Miranda (4.59/86/86), George Frideric Handel (4.59/202/87), Bryan Stevenson (4.57/187/187), June Hiatt (4.57/68/68), Luigi Serafini (4.57/106/104), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.57/318/190), Russel Lazega (4.57/61/61), Avraham Azrieli (4.56/294/151), Ninya Mikhaila (4.56/60/60), Don Rosa (4.56/512/184), Drew Daywalt (4.56/562/486), Steve Purcell (4.55/76/58), Carla Emery (4.55/97/97), Rena Kornreich Gelissen (4.55/54/54), Albert Seba (4.54/60/57), Harold McGee (4.54/423/395), Michael Whelan (4.54/89/67), Eberhard Nestle (4.53/203/200), Alexander Roberts (4.53/111/56), Robert A. Caro (4.53/1083/581), Menena Cottin (4.52/123/123), Ki Longfellow (4.52/252/190), Lindsay Mattick (4.51/109/109), Johann Sebastian Bach (4.51/387/137), Stanley Kunitz (4.51/79/69), Tom Tierney (4.51/612/89), Ludwig van Beethoven (4.51/361/120), Jeff Brumbeau (4.51/98/78), John Williams (4.51/102/64), W. Richard Stevens (4.51/305/180), Jim Pojar (4.51/68/60), Douglas A. Blackmon (4.51/82/82), David Allen Sibley (4.51/461/288), Margaret Grieve (4.51/97/69), Richard Siken (4.5/95/89), Clifford Ashley (4.5/70/68) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.66/64/64), Randy Davila (2.15/122/122), Robin Wyatt Dunn (2.16/98/81), Christopher Ransom (2.18/137/132), Hal Lindsey (2.37/157/102), Jessica Cutler (2.38/56/56), Michael Gerber (2.52/206/165), Sue Lange (2.52/63/58), John B. Olson (2.54/198/189), Simon Cox (2.58/90/86), Melissa P. (2.59/200/192), Alexandra Ulysses (2.6/87/87), Nancy Balbirer (2.6/60/60), O. J. Simpson (2.6/78/76), Emma Tennant (2.61/217/174), Joanne Dahme (2.65/54/51), Arabella Weir (2.65/64/60), Adèle Lang (2.67/59/58), Ellen Fein (2.68/91/72), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.68/90/90), Janet Groth (2.7/53/53), John Milne (2.7/66/59), Simon (2.71/175/144), Catherine Millet (2.72/212/207), Anna Sam (2.72/63/63), Jacquelyn Cook (2.73/97/89), Erich von Däniken (2.73/557/386), Trudy Baker (2.73/67/63), Eden Cole (2.75/119/55), Andrew Keen (2.75/165/165), Charlotte Roche (2.75/330/314), Douglas Monroe (2.77/59/51), James Bradley (2.77/141/135), Naomi Kramer (2.78/80/74), Vonna Harper (2.78/87/51), Michael Drosnin (2.78/151/135), Thomas Kohnstamm (2.79/52/52), Robin Kirman (2.79/50/50), Steve Lookner (2.79/74/68), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Phil Hellmuth (2.8/62/59), Tawny Taylor (2.8/147/100), Phoenix Desmond (2.81/57/57), Jill Price (2.81/53/53), Grant R. Jeffrey (2.81/85/62), Xaviera Hollander (2.81/88/80), Nostradamus (2.81/97/83), Heleen van Royen (2.81/197/126), Tracy Quan (2.82/115/91), Theresa Schwegel (2.82/110/96) — 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.

Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (1.96), Joseph Smith (1.71), Victoria Foyt (1.63), Holy Ghost Writer (1.49), Natalie Gittelson (1.49), Sayed A. A. Razwy (1.44), Michael J. Behe (1.44), Douglas Monroe (1.44), Mrs. Henry Wood (1.43), John Hagee (1.42), Rick Joyner (1.42), Hal Lindsey (1.42), Robert Newcomb (1.41), Immanuel Velikovsky (1.4), Alexandra Ulysses (1.39), Adolf Hitler (1.39), Judy Katschke (1.39), William Dembski (1.38), Lois H. Gresh (1.38), Debi Pearl (1.38), Andrew Sinclair (1.38), E. L. James (1.37), David Icke (1.37), Stan Lauryssens (1.37), Sharon Lathan (1.36), Charles Grandison Finney (1.36), Miley Cyrus (1.35), Rhonda Byrne (1.35), William Cooper (1.35), Kevin Trudeau (1.35), Ravinder Singh (1.34), A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1.34), T. Lobsang Rampa (1.34), John Maynard Keynes (1.33), Ken Ham (1.33), Jessica Cutler (1.33), C. I. Scofield (1.33), William P. Young (1.33), Kate Douglas (1.33), Kirsty Moseley (1.32), Nina Malkin (1.32), Richard Abanes (1.32), Natasha Preston (1.32), Douglas Glover (1.32), L. Ron Hubbard (1.32), Michael Pearl (1.31), Hugh Ross (1.31), Mark Booth (1.31), Omar Tyree (1.31), Simon (1.31) — show more

50 uncontroversial authors

The least divergent star ratings. Must have 50 raters.

Constance Cappel (0.43), Edward L. Ferman (0.44), The Kyoto Costume Institute (0.51), Rhian Ellis (0.52), Russel Lazega (0.53), Margot Lee Shetterly (0.55), Janet Arnold (0.55), Laurie Ann Thompson (0.58), Richard Williams (0.58), Jorge Argueta (0.58), Laurie Westphal (0.58), Elizabeth Ross (0.59), Albert Seba (0.59), Stephen Dedman (0.59), Graeme Macrae Burnet (0.6), Wendy Mogel (0.6), Robert E. Wells (0.6), Douglas A. Blackmon (0.61), Bob Pflugfelder (0.61), Craig L. Symonds (0.61), Jim Pojar (0.61), Matthew Desmond (0.61), Halima Bashir (0.61), Sarah Andersen (0.61), Pamela Brooks (0.61), Laura McBride (0.61), Barbara Demick (0.61), Steve Purcell (0.62), Audie Murphy (0.62), Jennifer Chambliss Bertman (0.62), Joshua Williamson (0.62), Ninya Mikhaila (0.62), Eric Wright (0.62), Ingrid Thoft (0.62), Gail Boushey (0.62), Derek Palacio (0.63), Anna Botsford Comstock (0.63), Zeina Abirached (0.63), Christie Watson (0.63), Yuri Herrera (0.63), Adam Tooze (0.63), Anatol Lieven (0.63), John Bude (0.63), Kevin Boyle (0.63), Gordon Van Gelder (0.63), Joby Warrick (0.63), Eric Greitens (0.63), Elizabeth Rusch (0.63), David M. Oshinsky (0.63), David Wishart (0.63) — show more

Authors who LibraryThing (complete list)

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

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (579,064), Stephen King (442,659), Terry Pratchett (363,215), J.R.R. Tolkien (283,384), C. S. Lewis (268,998), Neil Gaiman (244,967), William Shakespeare (236,436), Nora Roberts (235,781), Agatha Christie (216,794), James Patterson (199,338), Jane Austen (180,974), Isaac Asimov (174,070), Charles Dickens (169,959), Stephenie Meyer (168,852), John Grisham (158,806), Janet Evanovich (144,681), Orson Scott Card (142,700), Dan Brown (142,667), Anne McCaffrey (141,049), Dr. Seuss (139,207), Dean Koontz (133,916), Kurt Vonnegut (133,072), Anne Rice (129,019), Roald Dahl (127,081), George Orwell (126,858), Douglas Adams (126,738), John Steinbeck (121,806), George R. R. Martin (120,381), Robert A. Heinlein (120,019), Mercedes Lackey (119,823), Charlaine Harris (115,501), Margaret Atwood (110,446), Mark Twain (109,936), Suzanne Collins (109,544), Laurell K. Hamilton (108,762), Robert Jordan (106,006), Lemony Snicket (103,102), Ernest Hemingway (102,682), Michael Crichton (102,314), Mary Pope Osborne (101,628), Piers Anthony (98,487), Haruki Murakami (98,193), Fyodor Dostoevsky (98,183), Ray Bradbury (95,498), Rick Riordan (94,339), Philip Pullman (91,596), Jim Butcher (91,253), Gabriel García Márquez (89,784), Bill Bryson (87,464), Philip K. Dick (86,551), Jodi Picoult (85,993), Patricia Cornwell (85,888), Ursula K. Le Guin (85,827), Tom Clancy (84,868), David Eddings (84,178), F. Scott Fitzgerald (83,137), Arthur Conan Doyle (82,150), Carolyn Keene (81,974), Frank Herbert (80,087), Arthur C. Clarke (79,280), L. M. Montgomery (78,968), Tamora Pierce (78,589), J. D. Salinger (78,118), Neal Stephenson (77,889), Michael Connelly (77,476), Alexander McCall Smith (76,658), Madeleine L'Engle (72,827), Umberto Eco (72,821), Chuck Palahniuk (72,561), Stieg Larsson (72,344), John Irving (71,746), Nicholas Sparks (71,647), Anonymous (70,687), Clive Cussler (70,653), Leo Tolstoy (70,543) — show more

50 "completist" authors

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

Colleen Doran (60.77), Tracy Hickman (53.61), Wilhelm Grimm (51.51), Christopher Tolkien (48.42), Marc Hempel (46.57), Gentry Lee (40.19), Charles Vess (34.46), Mark Victor Hansen (31.87), Edward FitzGerald (30.88), George R. Stewart (29.42), John L. Bull (28.86), Simone Beck (27.43), Jerry B. Jenkins (22.37), Mike Allred (22.11), Albert Uderzo (21.97), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (20.8), Lincoln Child (19.72), Skip Williams (19.44), Tasha Tudor (18.98), Richard Sapir (18.67), Kenneth Robeson (17.96), Bryan Talbot (17.62), Jack Du Brul (16.07), Deborah Turner Harris (15.6), Jerry Pournelle (15.11), Yumi Tamura (14.87), P. Craig Russell (14.86), Nora Roberts (14.73), Don Pendleton (14.68), Neta Jackson (14.6), Eiichiro Oda (14.46), CLAMP (14.15), Walter Ralston Martin (14.09), Warren Murphy (14.06), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (14.05), Scott Dikkers (13.97), Ann Hood (13.92), James Axler (13.91), Chie Shinohara (13.89), Margit Sandemo (13.62), Dave McKean (13.59), Friedrich Engels (13.55), Mercedes Lackey (13.5), Milo Manara (13.36), Jack Cohen (13.36), Daisy Meadows (13.14), Saki Hiwatari (13.07), Naoki Urasawa (13.02), Roger Leloup (13.01), K. J. Parker (12.93) — 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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