Re: Reading samples
whole idea of creating GPL licenced acoustic models was to ensure that
the 'source' audio was made available for others to generate their own
acoustic models (providing the 'source' code to a user of a program is
the essence of the GPL license itself).
Otherwise, we could do as you suggest and scrape audio from anywhere and everywhere (TV, Podcasts, etc.) to generate acoustic models.
Copyright protects the form of expression of a work, and any derivative works, including the 'reading' of those works. So I doubt that commercial publications would be interested in letting their IP go...
If you are interested, what you might do is contribute a reading to LibriVox, which uses project Gutenberg texts (out-of-copyright books) to create public domain audio books. You could find a title of interest to your blind listeners, record it to LibriVox (in MP3 or Ogg) and to VoxForge (in WAV or FLAC)... two for one :)
thanks for looking for ways to help out,
--- (Edited on 11/25/2009 1:27 pm [GMT-0500] by kmaclean) ---