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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 (4.91/108/106), Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.76/81/81), Janet Arnold (4.75/281/125), Crossway Bibles (4.73/185/178), William R. Trumble (4.7/79/79), Luigi Serafini (4.69/80/78), Karl Elliger (4.69/97/97), Ollie Johnston (4.68/85/74), William M. Gaines (4.68/382/56), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.68/85/64), Arthur G. Bennett (4.66/162/162), Harold Abelson (4.64/201/198), Jonathan Larson (4.64/66/58), Steve Purcell (4.63/68/56), Don Rosa (4.61/383/156), Bill Watterson (4.61/9091/2810), Jeff Brumbeau (4.59/80/64), Albert Seba (4.59/55/53), Georg Friedrich Händel (4.59/191/80), Richard Williams (4.59/52/52), Carla Emery (4.58/89/89), Ki Longfellow (4.58/238/177), Tom Tierney (4.58/592/86), Avraham Azrieli (4.57/284/146), United States. (4.57/74/74), Wallace Stevens (4.56/457/360), James C. Christensen (4.56/74/69), Ninya Mikhaila (4.56/58/58), Stanley Kunitz (4.55/70/59), Johann Sebastian Bach (4.55/307/116), Robert A. Caro (4.54/923/500), Harold McGee (4.54/393/365), Larry Gonick (4.54/763/362), David Allen Sibley (4.54/428/266), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.53/261/163), Dougal Dixon (4.53/183/146), W. Richard Stevens (4.53/282/167), Bryan A. Garner (4.53/167/114), Thomas Nelson (4.53/106/95), Eberhard Nestle (4.53/187/187), Peter Menzel (4.53/263/228), Menena Cottin (4.53/94/94), June Hiatt (4.53/59/59), Michael Whelan (4.53/79/61) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.47/54/54), Christopher Ransom (2.1/121/118), Randy Davila (2.13/123/123), Hal Lindsey (2.36/144/96), Jessica Cutler (2.42/54/54), Rebecca Campbell (2.45/59/54), Sue Lange (2.51/62/57), Nancy Balbirer (2.52/61/61), John B. Olson (2.53/200/190), Michael Gerber (2.53/199/162), Simon Cox (2.56/85/81), Ellen Fein (2.58/78/62), Alexandra Ulysses (2.59/90/90), Arabella Weir (2.61/56/53), Emma Tennant (2.62/190/157), Phoenix Desmond (2.63/58/58), Melissa P. (2.63/184/177), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.64/84/84), James Bradley (2.65/121/118), Adèle Lang (2.65/55/54), Simon (2.67/164/134), Rachael F. Heller (2.69/55/51), John Milne (2.69/62/55), Andrew Keen (2.71/142/142), Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (2.71/239/53), Trudy Baker (2.72/64/60), Jacquelyn Cook (2.72/96/88), Anna Sam (2.73/51/51), Erich von Däniken (2.73/522/346), Catherine Millet (2.73/203/198), Charlotte Roche (2.74/302/291), Robert D. Stueart (2.75/55/55), Kevin Trudeau (2.77/96/84), Naomi Kramer (2.78/54/52), The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (2.78/250/82), Jessica Adams (2.78/120/89), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Gustavus Hindman Miller (2.8/71/71), Dell Shannon (2.8/367/50), Phil Hellmuth (2.8/60/57), Heleen van Royen (2.8/185/118), Noah Charney (2.8/143/141), Theresa Schwegel (2.81/106/92), Jill Price (2.81/52/52), Tawny Taylor (2.81/118/81), Sharon Kendrick (2.83/197/55), Michael Drosnin (2.83/140/124), Mel Gilden (2.83/115/80), Elliott Roosevelt (2.83/173/58), 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 (11.88), Tom Tomorrow (11.63), Geoffrey Budworth (11.27), Dougal Dixon (9.17), Marvin Minsky (8.44), John Dennis Fitzgerald (8.38), Kenneth Anger (7.88), Mona Simpson (7.88), Larry Gonick (7.75), Richard Brautigan (7.59), Karel Čapek (7.52), Guy Kawasaki (6.83), Parke Godwin (6.57), David Mamet (6.39), Peter Kuper (6.38), Donald Barthelme (6.17), Wallace Stevens (5.83), Richard Ford (5.8), Howard Norman (5.79), Bertolt Brecht (5.76), Lawrence Ferlinghetti (5.47), Edward Albee (5.2), Woody Allen (4.83), Pete Dexter (4.78), Eugene Ionesco (4.61), Carrie Fisher (4.58), Graeme Base (4.24), Luigi Pirandello (4.19), Tennessee Williams (3.88), Friedrich Nietzsche (3.8), Robert Anton Wilson (3.78), Bob Dylan (3.77), John Barth (3.76), David Macaulay (3.72), Raymond Carver (3.7), Scott McCloud (3.56), G. B. Trudeau (3.46), e. e. cummings (3.45), Charles M. Schulz (3.29), Robert A. Heinlein (3.21), Raymond Chandler (2.96), Ralph Ellison (2.94), Richard P. Feynman (2.89), Graham Greene (2.78), Nikolai Gogol (2.67), Philip Roth (2.67), Carson McCullers (2.67) — 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), Robert E. Wells (0.56), Larry Tye (0.57), Steve Purcell (0.57), Barbara Demick (0.58), Alison Gopnik (0.58), Richard Williams (0.59), Menena Cottin (0.59), Albert Seba (0.6), Kevin Poulsen (0.6), Blake Bailey (0.6), Gail Boushey (0.6), Bob Pflugfelder (0.61), Jennifer Berne (0.61), R. G. Grant (0.61), Lars Svensson (0.61), Stephen Dedman (0.61), Rosy Thornton (0.61), Craig L. Symonds (0.61), Yvvette Edwards (0.61), Laurie Westphal (0.62), Rose George (0.62), William R. Trumble (0.62), Karl Elliger (0.62), Tom Siddell (0.62), Halima Bashir (0.62), Ninya Mikhaila (0.62), Marc Morris (0.62), Ann Weisgarber (0.63), Izzeldin Abuelaish (0.63), Steve Yarbrough (0.63), Nicholas Butler (0.63), Board for Certification of Genealogists (0.63), Kevin Boyle (0.63), Don Rosa (0.63), Avraham Azrieli (0.63), Bill Konigsberg (0.63), Anna Botsford Comstock (0.63), Steve Zaloga (0.63), Jane Sowerby (0.63), Leah Wilcox (0.63), Kelly McGonigal (0.63), Rowan Jacobsen (0.63), Gordon Van Gelder (0.63), Takako Shimura (0.64), Douglas A. Blackmon (0.64), Brendan I. Koerner (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, Chris Bohjalian, Janny Wurts, Elizabeth Bear, Joe Hill, Dan Chaon, Melissa Marr, Nancy Holder, Jo Beverley, Patrick Rothfuss, Sharon Kay Penman, Tite Kubo, Susan Mallery, Susan Wittig Albert, Edward R. Tufte, James Dashner, Alan Furst, Adriana Trigiani, Susan Wiggs, Matthew Pearl, Randy Alcorn, Lynn Viehl, Bryan Lee O'Malley, 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 (518,336), Stephen King (387,895), Terry Pratchett (325,474), J. R. R. Tolkien (249,221), C. S. Lewis (233,745), Neil Gaiman (212,460), William Shakespeare (207,855), Nora Roberts (199,461), Agatha Christie (183,726), James Patterson (162,654), Jane Austen (161,127), Isaac Asimov (154,621), Stephenie Meyer (153,989), Charles Dickens (147,677), John Grisham (137,484), Dan Brown (128,831), Anne McCaffrey (128,380), Orson Scott Card (128,045), Janet Evanovich (125,516), Kurt Vonnegut (120,098), Anne Rice (116,510), Dean Koontz (115,379), Douglas Adams (114,909), Dr. Seuss (112,734), George Orwell (112,655), Robert A. Heinlein (109,202), Roald Dahl (108,588), John Steinbeck (108,209), Mercedes Lackey (107,607), Charlaine Harris (101,425), Laurell K. Hamilton (99,207), Margaret Atwood (96,362), George R. R. Martin (96,276), Mark Twain (95,379), Robert Jordan (94,312), Michael Crichton (91,402), Suzanne Collins (91,271), Ernest Hemingway (90,514), Piers Anthony (89,950), Lemony Snicket (88,834), Fyodor Dostoevsky (87,373), Haruki Murakami (84,660), Ray Bradbury (83,362), Philip Pullman (83,320), Gabriel García Márquez (80,668), Mary Pope Osborne (80,577), Anonymous (79,592), Bill Bryson (77,282), David Eddings (76,909), Tom Clancy (76,332), Jim Butcher (76,162), Philip K. Dick (75,931), Jodi Picoult (75,820), Ursula K. Le Guin (75,363), Patricia Cornwell (74,321), F. Scott Fitzgerald (73,363), Frank Herbert (72,310), J. D. Salinger (71,424), Tamora Pierce (70,697), Arthur C. Clarke (70,566), Neal Stephenson (69,844), Rick Riordan (69,658), L. M. Montgomery (69,385), Carolyn Keene (68,968), Arthur Conan Doyle (68,852), Alexander McCall Smith (66,678), Chuck Palahniuk (66,275), John Irving (65,860), Umberto Eco (65,118), Madeleine L'Engle (64,736), Stieg Larsson (64,508), Marion Zimmer Bradley (64,389), Michael Connelly (63,582), Leo Tolstoy (61,410), Nicholas Sparks (61,206) — show more

50 "completist" authors

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

Colleen Doran (54.11), Edward FitzGerald (52.94), Tracy Hickman (49.03), Marc Hempel (43.91), Wilhelm Grimm (39.68), Gentry Lee (36.17), Charles Vess (33.79), Mark Victor Hansen (27.42), John L. Bull (25.88), Sam Kieth (24.89), Simone Beck (24.51), Richmond Lattimore (21.81), Mike Allred (20.01), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (19.25), Jerry B. Jenkins (19), Skip Williams (18.39), Kenneth Robeson (16.96), Richard Sapir (16.34), Lincoln Child (16.28), Bryan Talbot (15.82), Deborah Turner Harris (14.79), Yumi Tamura (13.75), Albert Uderzo (13.28), Scott Dikkers (12.99), CLAMP (12.81), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (12.77), Margit Sandemo (12.71), Jerry Pournelle (12.59), Nora Roberts (12.48), Saki Hiwatari (12.46), Mercedes Lackey (12.14), Dave McKean (12.05), Walter Ralston Martin (11.94), Jack Cohen (11.88), Warren Murphy (11.88), Neta Jackson (11.83), Chie Shinohara (11.77), Jill Thompson (11.76), Friedrich Engels (11.43), James Axler (11.19), Don Pendleton (11.16), Rumiko Takahashi (11.16), Yoko Kamio (11.07), Eiichiro Oda (10.98), Sean Michael (10.92), Roger Leloup (10.86), Rob Kaplan (10.77), K. H. Scheer (10.76), Naoki Urasawa (10.59), Frank W. Abagnale (10.52) — 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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