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50 top-rated authors

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

Robert J. Lang (12.46/73/50), Paul Jackson (7.36/71/64), Jane Wagner (5.72/76/75), Kunihiko Kasahara (5.67/66/54), Geoffrey Budworth (5.21/77/71), Tom Tomorrow (5.19/111/57), Jay Rubin (4.89/112/110), Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.76/82/82), Janet Arnold (4.75/283/127), Crossway Bibles (4.72/204/195), Ollie Johnston (4.7/86/75), William R. Trumble (4.7/79/79), William M. Gaines (4.68/391/58), Luigi Serafini (4.68/87/85), Arthur G. Bennett (4.68/167/167), Karl Elliger (4.65/101/101), Harold Abelson (4.63/206/203), Steve Purcell (4.63/67/55), Jeff Brumbeau (4.62/81/65), Don Rosa (4.62/402/163), Bill Watterson (4.61/9289/2898), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.61/93/72), Richard Williams (4.59/53/53), Georg Friedrich Händel (4.58/193/83), Carla Emery (4.58/91/91), Adam Makos (4.58/65/64), Tom Tierney (4.57/601/87), Ki Longfellow (4.57/244/182), Avraham Azrieli (4.57/288/148), Ninya Mikhaila (4.57/59/59), Michael Whelan (4.56/80/61), Adam Tooze (4.55/55/55), Albert Seba (4.55/57/54), Wallace Stevens (4.55/467/366), June Hiatt (4.55/64/64), Harold McGee (4.54/401/374), Stanley Kunitz (4.54/75/63), David Allen Sibley (4.54/442/278), Larry Gonick (4.54/767/367), Robert A. Caro (4.54/977/526), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.54/270/168), Johann Sebastian Bach (4.53/331/120), Jonathan Larson (4.53/70/62), Eberhard Nestle (4.53/194/192), Teresa Burrell (4.53/98/50), Peter Menzel (4.52/272/237), Richard Siken (4.52/72/72), Gail Boushey (4.52/72/54), James C. Christensen (4.52/74/68) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.52/56/56), Robin Wyatt Dunn (2.04/56/50), Christopher Ransom (2.15/128/123), Randy Davila (2.17/124/123), Hal Lindsey (2.34/145/96), 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 (2.54/203/163), Simon Cox (2.56/86/82), Ellen Fein (2.58/79/63), Alexandra Ulysses (2.6/87/87), Melissa P. (2.61/189/181), Emma Tennant (2.63/197/161), Arabella Weir (2.64/60/56), Adèle Lang (2.65/55/54), Joanne Dahme (2.66/53/50), Anna Sam (2.67/54/54), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.69/86/86), Erich von Däniken (2.69/518/354), Simon (2.69/168/138), John Milne (2.69/62/55), Phoenix Desmond (2.7/56/56), Andrew Keen (2.7/149/149), Rachael F. Heller (2.7/54/50), Catherine Millet (2.71/205/200), Trudy Baker (2.72/67/63), James Bradley (2.72/124/120), Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (2.73/226/50), Charlotte Roche (2.74/316/302), Jacquelyn Cook (2.74/95/87), Douglas Monroe (2.77/58/50), The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (2.77/256/86), Naomi Kramer (2.78/63/59), Robert D. Stueart (2.78/57/57), Theresa Schwegel (2.79/107/93), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Eliza Kennedy (2.8/76/76), Sharon Kendrick (2.8/231/64), 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 (2.81/149/147), The Goldman Family (2.81/54/54), Gustavus Hindman Miller (2.82/73/73), Kevin Trudeau (2.82/98/85), Elliott Roosevelt (2.82/175/60) — 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, John Green, Don Maitz, Sandra Brown, David Brin, Laurie R. King, Brandon Sanderson, Jude Deveraux, Jon Scieszka, Laurie Halse Anderson, Diane Duane, Ann Brashares, Naomi Novik, James Rollins, Lisa See, Katie MacAlister, Andrew Gross, Joe Hill, Elizabeth Bear, Chris Bohjalian, Janny Wurts, Nancy Holder, Dan Chaon, Sarah M. Anderson, Melissa Marr, Patrick Rothfuss, James Dashner, Jo Beverley, Sharon Kay Penman, Susan Mallery, 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, Sholem Berger, Tatiana Holway, Neal Asher, Sabrina Jeffries, Sherryl Woods, Andrew Vachss — see the full list.

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (533,634), Stephen King (404,558), Terry Pratchett (335,920), J. R. R. Tolkien (257,973), C. S. Lewis (242,301), Neil Gaiman (221,191), William Shakespeare (212,394), Nora Roberts (206,806), Agatha Christie (191,225), James Patterson (170,958), Jane Austen (166,095), Isaac Asimov (160,426), Stephenie Meyer (157,574), Charles Dickens (153,590), John Grisham (142,537), Dan Brown (132,754), Orson Scott Card (131,923), Anne McCaffrey (131,277), Janet Evanovich (129,995), Kurt Vonnegut (123,852), Dean Koontz (119,829), Anne Rice (119,705), Dr. Seuss (118,856), Douglas Adams (118,389), George Orwell (116,715), Roald Dahl (113,140), Robert A. Heinlein (112,754), John Steinbeck (111,837), Mercedes Lackey (110,489), Charlaine Harris (104,500), George R. R. Martin (103,889), Laurell K. Hamilton (101,194), Margaret Atwood (99,964), Mark Twain (99,141), Robert Jordan (97,735), Suzanne Collins (96,825), Michael Crichton (94,104), Ernest Hemingway (93,898), Piers Anthony (92,175), Lemony Snicket (91,895), Fyodor Dostoevsky (90,305), Haruki Murakami (88,793), Ray Bradbury (86,423), Philip Pullman (84,901), Mary Pope Osborne (84,317), Gabriel García Márquez (83,175), Jim Butcher (80,459), Bill Bryson (79,902), Philip K. Dick (78,646), David Eddings (78,611), Jodi Picoult (78,519), Tom Clancy (78,340), Ursula K. Le Guin (78,166), Patricia Cornwell (77,167), F. Scott Fitzgerald (75,958), Rick Riordan (75,589), Frank Herbert (74,412), Anonymous (73,898), J. D. Salinger (73,272), Arthur C. Clarke (72,998), Tamora Pierce (72,658), Arthur Conan Doyle (72,345), Neal Stephenson (71,718), Carolyn Keene (71,674), L. M. Montgomery (71,320), Alexander McCall Smith (69,329), Chuck Palahniuk (67,755), John Irving (67,321), Umberto Eco (67,184), Michael Connelly (66,960), Madeleine L'Engle (66,940), Stieg Larsson (66,878), Marion Zimmer Bradley (65,760), Leo Tolstoy (63,858), Nicholas Sparks (63,617) — show more

50 "completist" authors

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

Tracy Hickman (50.15), Marc Hempel (44.68), Wilhelm Grimm (44.37), Gentry Lee (37.11), Mark Victor Hansen (28.33), Edward FitzGerald (27.88), John L. Bull (26.86), Sam Kieth (25.68), Simone Beck (25.31), Mike Allred (20.01), Jerry B. Jenkins (19.91), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (19.84), Skip Williams (18.72), Charles Vess (17.31), Kenneth Robeson (17.21), Lincoln Child (17.08), Richard Sapir (16.95), Albert Uderzo (15.85), Deborah Turner Harris (15.07), Yumi Tamura (13.94), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (13.43), Scott Dikkers (13.23), CLAMP (13.16), Jerry Pournelle (12.98), Nora Roberts (12.9), Saki Hiwatari (12.81), James Axler (12.73), Neta Jackson (12.64), Walter Ralston Martin (12.57), Margit Sandemo (12.54), Warren Murphy (12.53), Chie Shinohara (12.45), Mercedes Lackey (12.44), Dave McKean (12.44), Jack Cohen (12.3), Jill Thompson (11.99), Friedrich Engels (11.94), Don Pendleton (11.8), Rumiko Takahashi (11.57), Bryan Talbot (11.36), Eiichiro Oda (11.3), Yoko Kamio (11.26), Gosho Aoyama (11.22), Roger Leloup (11.2), Sean Michael (11.15), Rob Kaplan (11.13), Naoki Urasawa (11.12), K. H. Scheer (11.02), Frank W. Abagnale (10.8), Kentaro Miura (10.7) — 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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