Since Joseph Whitaker published the first edition of Whitaker's Almanack in 1868 the world has become a different place. As society's demand for knowledge has changed, so has Whitaker's Almanack. From its humble beginnings 137 years ago as a compilation of Joseph Whitaker's notes as a journalist, Whitaker's Almanack now comprises a range of reference books. NHBS lists the main Almanac. Other versions are available.