Learn more about Joint Accounts

The main purpose of the Joint Accounts is to provide a suitable method of synchronizing multiple reader accounts for the same user, particularly if the user has purchased books from multiple Vendors who support Vendor ID accounts. Again the number of devices is limited to 6 for each Adobe ID account. After two or more accounts are joined, the group as a whole will have the limit of 6, not multiples of 6 devices. To be more specific, the limits are: 6 standalone devices and 6 mobile and tethered devices.

 

Joint Accounts Workflow

 

Before joining accounts

Device 1 Device 2
Activated with User1 (Vendor ID) Activated with User2 (Adobe ID)
URLLINK_1.acsm file fulfilled using User1 URLLINK_2.acsm file fulfilled using User2
Book1 downloaded Book2 downloaded

 

Join Accounts using the portal: http://adeactivate.adobe.com/adept/en/JoinAccountLoginForm.jsp

After joining accounts

Device 3

  • Copy Book1 & 2 to Device 3
  • Copy URLLINK_1.acsm & URLLINK_2.acsm to Device 3

 

S. NO Scenarios Expected Results
1
  • Open Book1 using the reader.
  • Reader will prompt for authorization.
  • Enter valid credentials of User1
  • Both the accounts will be synched and reader will be activated. Able to read the book.
  • User1 will be set as default user.
2
  • Open Book1 using the reader.
  • Reader will prompt for authorization.
  • Enter valid credentials of User2
  • Both the accounts will be synched and reader will be activated. Able to read the book.
  • User1 will be set as default user.
3
  • Open URLLINK_1.acsm
  • Reader will prompt for authorization.
  • Enter valid credentials of User1
  • Reader will be activated with User1.
  • Fulfillment will happen successfully.
  • Accounts will not be synched.
4
  • Open URLLINK_1.acsm
  • Reader will prompt for authorization.
  • Enter valid credentials of User2
  • Reader will be activated with User2.
  • Fulfillment will fail. (Since the activated information is cached in the ACS server).
  • Accounts will not be synched.

 

Should I go with Joint Accounts instead of Multiple Accounts activation? The main advantage is Join Account allows single sign‐on, for example the reader only needs to enter one credential, the reader application can fetch the joined accounts which subsequently enables the reader to read books fulfilled with any of these accounts. And another difference is the reader can sign on to a different device/application with a single account, without re‐entering different account credential multiple times.

One Response to Learn more about Joint Accounts

  1. Juan says:

    Hi Michael,

    Many thanks for your articles, really appreciate that information, it is very useful.

    For now I got only one question, Is there a way to get “out of sync” the accounts once you sync two accounts?

    In the meantime, thank you so much for your attention.

    Regards,

    Juan Andújar

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