The Manorama Yearbook series was first printed in Malayalam in 1959, and the English edition was first published in 1965. The first Hindi edition of the Yearbook was released by the then Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi, on March 18, 1989. The Tamil edition was first published on March 15, 1990 and the Bengali edition was first released in Kolkata on April 18, 1996.
The content of the Manorama Yearbook typically covers condensed information on people (holding public offices, receiving major awards or recognition, or involved in newsworthy events), places (demography, capital, economic data, and political status of countries, Indian states, etc.), events and other notable developments.