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Shakespeare Tops Stephenie Meyer in Facebook Popularity

Using statistical tools at our sibling blog, AllFacebook, we have compiled a list of the most popular authors on Facebook.

UPDATE: The statistics in this post are drawn from the Facebook Pages Leaderboard at AllFacebook. These figures reflect the most popular authors among  Facebook-created pages.

We’ve arranged these authors according the number of Facebook fans they counted as of this Nov. 11 writing. The list of 20 authors follows below, along with the number of fans they have collected. We’ll never be popular like these authors, but stop by the GalleyCat Facebook page for literary events, bookish contests, and free book listings. (Headline via John M. Cusick.)

1. Stephen King 1,302,973
2. Nicholas Sparks 506,300
3. George Orwell 399,403
4. Shakespeare 356,920
5. Nora Roberts 290,836

6. Stephenie Meyer 261,176
7. Jane Austen 230,814
8. Anne Rice 229,192
9. Jodi Picoult 209,637
10. Sidney Sheldon 207,727
11. Agatha Christie 191,972
12. Zane 190,619
13. J. K. Rowling 186,942
14. Edgar Allen Poe 179,845
15. Patricia Cornwell 170,225
16. Terry Pratchett 164,156
17. Tom Clancy 157,209
18. Kahlil Gibran 153,316
19. Paulo Coelho 144,111
20. J. R. R. Tolkien 143,159
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