The Brits burned a lot of Washington during the War of 1812. They nearly destroyed the White House and the Capitol building, including the books in the first Library of Congress. Ironically, many of the burned books came from London.
Although I doubt that the British army was trying to generate re-orders for British publishers, a British self-publishing company is now trying to take business away from American competitors -- but seems to be poorly prepared to do it.
According to Britain's Evening Telegraph, "Printondemand-Worldwide has recently expanded globally, by adding a partner company in Brazil to firms in North America, Australia and Singapore. "