Different artists, different artist books-
Here are some of the pages from the artist books of the LA show I have been looking at. I would say that artist books are more like scrapbooks of inspiration than an artwork by itself, because many artists incorporate things personal in the artist book and the flow of the book is not necessarily comprehensible to everyone. I think it's more about how the parts of the artists' ideas and inspirations flow logically in the book to themselves than how well the audience understands the artists' ideas.
In that way, it's quite similar to how I use the IB Arts website, sort of like a wikispace that all IB Arts classes at my school use to share works, where I can see the connection between each of my artworks in the slideshow of my work.
Sometime before IB comes to an end, I want to try making my own artist book, to bring to college.